Major international sport is set to return to Scotland in August after both the AIG Women’s British Open and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open confirmed intentions to go stage the championships without spectators.
Both championships have worked closely with VisitScotland, Scottish Government, sponsors and key partners to ensure both events can be played while adhering to internationally recognised COVID-19 protocol and medical guidance.
The 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open will be the first to tee off when it take place from 13 – 18 August at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick from, marking a return of professional women’s golf to Scotland for the first time since Europe’s remarkable triumph in the 2019 Solheim Cup last September.
Meanwhile the AIG Women’s British Open will be the first Major Championship played anywhere in the world this year, take place at Royal Troon in Ayrshire from 20 – 23 August and broadcast globally to more than 11 million fans.
We are grateful to both The R&A and IMG for their commitment to staging both championships in Scotland and for their efforts to create comprehensive and robust plans to deliver the events in line with medical advice and safety protocols.
While fans will be disappointed not to be able to attend, I’m sure they will welcome the return of world-class sport to Scotland and enjoy watching the stunning images of our East Lothian and Ayrshire coastlines broadcast to a global audience.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The AIG Women’s British Open is important to the success of women’s professional golf. We have been working closely with our title sponsor AIG, Visit Scotland, Royal Troon and our key advisors to find a way for the Championship to be played safely this year.
“We believe that playing the AIG Women’s British Open is a significant step for players whose playing opportunities have been severely impacted this year. As they compete to be the 2020 champion in historic circumstances, these athletes will continue to inspire golfers and sports fans around the world, who will be closely following events from Royal Troon on TV and social media.”
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, an Aberdeen Standard Investments ambassador, said: “We are all happy to hear that women’s golf will be getting back underway in Scotland and especially grateful to Aberdeen Standard Investments and VisitScotland for working so hard to make this happen and putting all the necessary COVID-19 related practices in place and for being so supportive of the women’s tours.”
The victorious 2019 Solheim Cup Captain continued, “With men’s professional golf back playing, it is important that we are able to follow suit, so this is really excellent news for the women’s game and I am delighted to be preparing for my national open in just over a month’s time.”
British No.1 Charley Hull added, “The massive impact of COVID-19 has definitely put golf in perspective but I know all the players will be very thankful that Aberdeen Standard Investments, VisitScotland and IMG have worked so hard to make it possible for these events to be played. I know for sure that all the players, like me, have really missed competing and, although I will miss playing in front of the fans, hopefully they will enjoy watching on the TV and get behind us on social media.”