Scottish Open: Phil Mickelson confirms title defence at Royal Aberdeen in 2014
Last Updated: 27/11/13 8:14pm
Phil Mickelson with the spoils of victory in July of this year
Phil Mickelson will defend his Scottish Open title next year when the tournament is staged at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club for the first time.
The Aberdeen Asset Management-sponsored event is moving from Castle Stuart where the American prevailed following a play-off with South African Brandan Grace earlier this year.
And a week after winning at Inverness, the 43-year-old Mickelson went on to lift the Claret Jug following victory in The Open Championship at Muirfield.
Looking ahead to next year's event, Leftie said: "It was a huge factor in my success the next week at The Open Championship.
"I was able to acclimate myself to the time change, the weather, the wind, the links conditions.
"That helped sharpen my focus on hitting the proper shots and coming to grips with the results, good or bad."
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will take place from July 10-13, with the 2014 Open following on a few days later at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake.
Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, added: "We are delighted that Phil has confirmed that he will defend his title at Royal Aberdeen in 2014.
"His exceptional double-win in Inverness and Muirfield last year can only emphasise the value of playing a true links tournament in the week leading up to The Open Championship."