• Stone joined by Hatton, JT

    Brandon Stone wins Scottish Open
    Stone is back for more

    Reigning champion Brandon Stone will begin the defence of his Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open title alongside World No 9 Justin Thomas and three-time European Tour winner Tyrrell Hatton.

    The Rolex Series continues on the East Lothian coast as The Renaissance Club hosts the 37th edition of the tournament in North Berwick.

    The star trio start on the back nine at 08:30 on Thursday.

    Stone shot a remarkable round of 60 to break the course record at Gullane Golf Club on the final day last year to ease to a four-stroke victory over England’s Eddie Pepperell.

    The Renaissance Club will be making its European Tour debut as it hosts the third of eight Rolex Series events in the 2019 season – which has brought a stellar worldwide field to North Berwick in preparation for The Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

    Oban native and Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open debutant Robert MacIntyre will play with four-time Major Champion Rory McIlroy and 2015 winner Rickie Fowler in the afternoon at 13:40.

    Last year’s runner-up Pepperell gets under way ten minutes later alongside 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and Scotland’s David Law.

    Lee Westwood is an early starter on the back nine with 2016 Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson and American Kevin Kisner, who is fourth in the Race to Dubai Rankings, beginning at 08:40.

    Matt Wallace, who sits second in the Race to Dubai Rankings, will play alongside 2017 winner Rafa Cabrera Bello and Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter at 13:20, while 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell starts ten minutes earlier with Matt Kuchar and Dane Lucas Bjerregaard.

    Two-time winner of this event Ernie Els will be joined by victorious 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay for the first two rounds, starting at 14:00 at the first tee.

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