Scottish Open renewed through 2017

Phil Mickelson tees off during the second round of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The future of the Scottish Open is now certain through 2017.

The European Tour announced Saturday that title sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management and the Scottish government have committed to three additional years. The event was renewed for 2014 last September.

“It is a testament to the strength of the partnership we have developed with the Scottish government through the vision of the First Minister Alex Salmond and Aberdeen Asset Management through the commitment and support of Martin Gilbert," European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady said in a release. "Through that, we have delivered not only significant tournament growth but also the knowledge that the future of the event is in good hands."

The tournament will be held at Royal Aberdeen in 2014 – it will be the eighth different venue for the tournament since 1972. After that, it is expected that a rota of Scottish links courses will be established as venues with Castle Stuart Golf Links, the site of this year's Scottish Open, guaranteed to host in one of the three additional years.

There will also be an increased prize fund as the current £3 million in earnings will increase to £3.25 million in 2015 and '16, before growing to £3.5 million in '17.

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