Champion Golfer Paul Lawrie supports partnership between The Open and Aberdeen Football Club
The Open and Aberdeen Football Club can announce an innovative partnership ahead of The 147th Open, taking place at Carnoustie in July 2018.
Paul Lawrie helped launch the partnership at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie stadium with members of the Aberdeen first-team squad. They had a rare opportunity to view the iconic Claret Jug won by Lawrie, a lifelong Aberdeen fan, in support the partnership through until The 147th Open at Carnoustie.
Lawrie, 1999 Champion Golfer of the Year, said, “I am delighted that my boyhood club has become a partner of The Open ahead of its return to Carnoustie next year. I have fond memories of the fantastic support I received from fellow Dons fans during the Championship in 1999 and it would be great to see them back at Carnoustie in July to cheer on myself and their favourite players.”
The partnership will see the famous Claret Jug visit Pittodrie over the coming months with Dons fans being able to get up close to the iconic trophy. The Open and Aberdeen Football Club will work together to provide supporters with unique and engaging content in the lead up to golf’s ultimate test and the ultimate reward.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director - Championships at The R&A, said, “Aberdeen FC is a club steeped in the richest history and traditions and is an ideal partner for The Open as one of the world’s greatest sporting events.
“We are looking forward to working with the club to help promote The Open in the local community of Aberdeenshire and beyond ahead of its return to the scene of Paul Lawrie’s unforgettable win in 1999. He is a great ambassador for The Open I am delighted that he can join us today to launch this exciting partnership.”
Duncan Fraser, Aberdeen FC Chief Executive, said “Aberdeen Football Club is proud to enter this unique partnership with The Open. The Claret Jug is one the most iconic trophies in all of sport and we look forward to showcasing it alongside the club’s honours which includes the most famous silverware in Scottish and European football.”
The world’s greatest golfers will visit the renowned Angus links from 15-22 July 2018 to participate in The 147th Open. Visit TheOpen.com/Tickets for further details.