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2012 Scottish Open Prep Underway

Freak weather this year has prompted extra preparations

Posted Nov 09, 2011 by Chris White

Luke Donald won in 2011

Preparations for the 2012 Scottish Open have already started, with organisers trying to ensure that the “freak” weather that hit the course this summer doesn’t cause similar havoc.

An entire day’s play was abandoned at the Castle Stuart course near Inverness, as thunderstorms struck the country. The heavy rain caused a landslip at part of the course, and marketing director of the course Fraser Cromarty has described events as “freak incidents.”

“It’s bizarre,” he said, “who would have thought what happened in July would have happened, last week we had members playing in shorts and short-sleeved tops.”

A local scientist described the events as sheer “bad luck.” Professor John McClatchey said that the links course is located in one of the driest parts of Scotland, but the slow-moving weather system brought heavy rain and subsequent chaos to the event and surrounding area.

The tournament is also in search of a new sponsor, after long-term partners Barclays pulled out.

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