Bernd Wiesberger will be joined by fellow Rolex Series winner Lee Westwood, Major champion Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter, when he returns to defend his Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open title at the Renaissance Club on October 1-4, 2020.
Wiesberger and Westwood will both be vying for a third Rolex Series victory when they tee it up at the rescheduled event in Scotland, the Home of Golf.
Austrian Wiesberger triumphed in a twilight play-off against Frenchman Benjamin Hebert last year to lift the silver quaich trophy in a season which yielded three victories and marked a remarkable return from a seven-month injury lay-off. The 34 year old took his European Tour win tally to seven in that stellar 2019 season, with his triumph in East Lothian book-ended by wins at Made in Denmark presented by FREJA – where he held off Scotland’s Robert McIntyre to take the title – and his second Rolex Series victory at the Italian Open.
Wiesberger said: “The win at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open was a big part of a great year for me, and I’m excited to get back to The Renaissance Club. Things will be a bit different this year as we continue the return to golf, but I’ve always enjoyed playing in Scotland, and to stand on the 18th green with the trophy at the end of the week last year was very special, particularly after digging in to win in a play-off.
“I appreciated every win last season and was happy to be playing some great golf after missing out on these big events through injury the previous year, and successfully defending my title in Scotland is right up there amongst my goals for 2020.”
Former World Number One Westwood captured his 25th European Tour title – and his second on the Rolex Series – when he got his 2020 season off to a flying start with victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA in January.
That title saw the two-time European Number One become the first active golfer to win in four different decades on the European Tour, with his impressive haul of victories including the Scottish Open in 1998 and his first Rolex Series win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player in 2018.
He will be joined in the field by two-time Major Champion and fellow Scottish Open winner Kaymer. Another former World Number One, Kaymer clinched the title at Scotland’s national open in 2009, before going on to claim the US PGA Championship in 2010 and the U.S. Open four years later.
European Ryder Cup hero Poulter is also set to tee it up in East Lothian once again, with the man known as “The Postman” because he always delivers in golf’s greatest team event, set to make his 16th appearance in Scotland’s national open. The Englishman’s 12 European Tour victories include two World Golf Championships, and he would be aiming for a first Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open title. The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will be the second Rolex Series event on the reshaped 2020 Race to Dubai, and the first since the resumption of the season. It takes place for the second consecutive year at The Renaissance Club – which was founded in 2008 and nestles on 300 picturesque acres along the Firth of Forth.