Stenson to play Scottish Open ahead of Open Championship defence

The tournament will be played at the Dundonald Links in July

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British Open Champion Henrik Stenson will play in the Scottish Open again this year as he prepares to defend his only major title.

The Scottish Open will take place at the Dundonald Links, Ayrshire from the 13th-16th July and speaking to the European Tour's official website he said: "I'm looking forward to coming back to Scotland and to playing at Dundonald, which is just down the road from Troon.

"Obviously it is going to make it a special week for me at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. It’s a tournament which has helped me prepare really well for The Open and I’m looking forward to the new venue at Dundonald.

"I played the Scottish Open in 2013 and went on to finish second to Phil in The Open the following week. Then I missed Scotland for a couple of years and didn’t do that well the following week.

"I played last year the week before Troon and we all know how that turned out, so playing in the Scottish Open definitely helps to fine tune the links game."

Last year Stenson and Phil Mickleson battled for the Open Championship with the Swede coming out on top for his maiden major victory.