American left-hander Mickelson became the first player to land
the Scottish Open-British Open double when he followed up his win at
Castle Stuart in Inverness with victory at Muirfield.
"Phil winning the double last year made me realize the Scottish Open
is more than good preparation for The Open," the 24-year-old
Northern Irishman told the European Tour website
(www.europeantour.com) on Monday.
"He showed it was possible to win both weeks."
The British Open warm-up event was played inland at Loch Lomond
between 1996-2010 but the decision to move the tournament to the
Castle Stuart seaside course from 2011-13 was welcomed by most of
This season's event, to be held at Royal Aberdeen from July 10-13,
will be staged the week before the British Open goes to Royal
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"The Scottish Open going back to a traditional links course was
something that made a lot of sense," said world number six McIlroy.
"This will be my first time at Royal Aberdeen. It's a great links
with lots of golfing history...and of course Phil will be back to
defend his title."
(Writing by Tony Jimenez; editing by Rex Gowar)
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