This week, the Aberdeen Standard Investment Scottish Open should have been starting, welcoming some of the world’s best golfers to North Berwick for one of the European Tour’s most prestigious events as part of The Rolex Series.
However, as has been the case across sport, the tournament was postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving a gap in the Scottish sporting calendar for organisers, fans and athletes alike.
It has now been rearranged to the 8th - 11th October, while the ladies' will take place as planned betewen 13th - 16th August, but to mark the date the tournament should’ve begun, Sport Industry Awards 2020 Category Partners Aberdeen Standard Investments and Getty Images have teamed up to bring together a collection of the best shots from both the men’s and women’s recent history.
ASI have been title sponsor of the men’s tournament since 2012 and the ladies’ since 2008, a period that has seen exponential growth in both the men's and women's categories, regularly welcoming the elite players of the game. The Scottish Open’s regular position on the European Tour - just before The Open - makes it a coveted slot on the men's calendar, and it's popularity alongside ASI's investment in grassroots golf has seen the sport in Scotland reach new heights.
Getty Images, meanwhile, is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year and - despite having less sport to cover - is looking back through the archives at some of the special moments from across sport it has helped in memorialising.
ASI Ladies Scottish Open 2019, Renaissance Club - Last year’s Champion M. J Hur, who prevailed in difficult conditions in her fluorescent waterproofs.
ASI Ladies Scottish Open 2019, Renaissance Club – Charley Hull on the iconic fourth hole at The Renaissance with the Firth of Forth in the background.
ASI Scottish Open 2019, Renaissance Club – Last year’s Champion Bernd Wiesberger after a lengthy playoff and a long day.
ASI Ladies Scottish Open 2018, Gullane Golf Club – Champion Ariya Jutanugarn on the pressure approach shot to get near the pin, before she putted in for victory.
ASI Scottish Open 2018, Gullane – Rickie Fowler and home favourite Russell Knox amongst the galleries.
ASI Ladies Scottish Open 2017, Dundonald Links – Mi Hyang Lee wins the Ladies Scottish Open in the first year of co-sanctioning between that Ladies European Tour and the LPGA.
ASI Scottish Open 2016, Castle Stuart – Alex Noren claiming victory in the last event ever to be played at Castle Stuart.
ASI Ladies Scottish Open 2015, Dundonald Links – Applause for 2015 Champion Rebecca Artis as she’s traditionally piped on to the green by a bagpiper.
ASI Scottish Open 2015, Gullane – Rickie Fowler on final day approaching the 18th.
ASI Ladies Scottish Open 2014, Archerfield – Trish Johnson becomes the oldest winner on the Ladies European Tour at 48.
ASI Scottish Open 2014, Royal Aberdeen – A historic win for Justin Rose in Aberdeen.
ASI Scottish Open 2013, Castle Stuart – Phil Mickelson, who went on to win The Open the following week at Muirfield.