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The Scotsman’s Mike Aitken is covering the run up to the Scottish Open and includes this quote by Geoff Ogilvy, "It's a great tournament on a better golf course than we play most weeks on the US Tour. Everyone worldwide has great respect for this tournament. It's pretty high up there and it seems like it gets a better field every year.”

I’ve previously given my thoughts about the choice of golf courses used on the US Tour and so I’ll say no more.

Now here’s an interesting contrast in opinions on how to prepare the week before The Open.

According to Mike, “The main reason Tiger Woods hasn't played in the Scottish Open since Carnoustie in 1995, of course, is that he sees no merit in competing on an inland course the week before a major championship staged on a links.”

And then there’s Geoff’s thought’s, "The last two years I've spent the week before the Open practising on links courses. Last year I went to Formby and West Lancs. The year before I was playing around St Andrews and Carnoustie and I played rubbish in both Opens…So I decided to do something else this year. I'd always wanted to play here again but I used to think it was bad for Open preparation. However, I don't think it actually is.”

Lots of golf journos reckon Geoff has one of the best minds on the golf tours and most certainly much more articulate and thought provoking when interviewed, which of course wouldn't be difficult given the banal remarks made by most of the biggies on the big tours.

And by the way Geoff leads the Ladbroke’s betting odds at 16-1 along with Poulter, Westwood and McIlroy.

And while on the subject of things Scottish, this from The Herald’s, Douglas Lowe:

“Where have all the heroes gone?”

Doug reminds us Scots and I wish he hadn’t, “…for the first time going into any Open Championship we haven't any players in the world top 100 let alone the top 50 who have starts in all four majors.”

Why we Scots ask ourselves? Well how’s this for starters?

Doug writes,  “…for example at Gleneagles last week in the Scottish PGA Championship, the tees were put forward to accommodate the wishes of the majority of the 159-player field who had no aspirations to be tournament professionals and would have found the championship tees too tough.”

Given such negativity I can only hope these pathetic pros are not putting negative thoughts into the minds of young Scots who have potential.

Now for the (Scottish) good news, once again from Mike Aitken, “Saltmans first Open brothers since Ballesteros”.

Mike also notes that, “The success of the brothers means Scotland will be represented by nine professionals at Turnberry next week, an improvement on last year when only four Scots were in the Open starting field at Birkdale.”

Good luck lads and a word of advice, don’t even bother to ask if you can play from the forward tees at Turnberry.

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