Nick Rodger talks to Paul Lawrie about this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, which Graeme McDowell recently said was an event that had "lost its prestige" on a course he called too easy and too one-dimensional.
"My answer to what he said would simply be that the Scottish Open has a title sponsor, it's got more money than Graeme's national open and it's played on a links course," said Lawrie in defence of the Scottish event which has a purse almost double that of the Irish Open and still holds that much sought after slot in the schedule the week before The Open itself. "Everyone is entitled to their opinions but they were poor comments. He should know better."
He left out that the Scottish now also has American network television coverage!
Ewan Murray has a nice Observer summation of the whole bizarre situation with top players, Castle Stuart and schedules prior to the Open.
McDowell has a share of the French Open lead with Richard Sterne heading into final round play