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Volvo PGA Champion Drummond returns to action in the Diageo Championship at Gleneagles

Scott Drummond
Following his sensational maiden Tour victory in the 50th Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth Club two weeks ago, Scott Drummond will make his return to competitive action this week in his home country when he lines up in the field for the sixth Diageo Championship at Gleneagles.

The 30 year old, who graduated from the Challenge Tour in 2003, produced a mature and polished performance on the West Course which belied his relative inexperience of such high profile tournaments, carding a flawless 64 in the final round for a 19 under par winning total of 269.

The Scot, who had also become a father for the first time a month before events at Wentworth Club changed his golfing life, did not compete in last week’s Celtic Manor Wales Open, and admitted he was relishing the prospect of getting back into action in the heart of Scotland.

“It is going to be fantastic,” he said. “At the start of the year when I was going through my schedule, obviously places like Gleneagles were high on my list of tournaments that I was looking forward to playing.

“Now it is just going to be awesome to go there having won a tournament like the Volvo PGA Championship. It is going to be great and I'm really looking forward to it.”

Having seen off a top drawer field at Wentworth Club, which included the then World Number Two Vijay Singh and World Number Three Ernie Els, Drummond now faces another strong challenge in his quest to win his first professional tournament in Scotland.

Leading the way is seven time Volvo Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, who finished fourth last year and who will be looking for his first win in his native country since his victory at Loch Lomond in 1999.

Also lining up are Major Champions Paul Lawrie and Sandy Lyle, alongside the three previous winners of the Volvo PGA Championship after Montgomerie in 2000 and prior to Drummond, namely Spain’s Ignacio Garrido, Denmark’s Anders Hansen and Andrew Oldcorn of Scotland.

Soren Kjeldsen
Last year the title went to Søren Kjeldsen, who became the fifth Danish golfer to win in European Tour history when a strong performance saw him lead from halfway, closing with rounds of 67-72 for a two stroke victory over home hopeful Alastair Forsyth.

The diminutive Dane will return to defend the title and try to collect the lion’s share of the £1,400,000 prize fund, up £200,000 on last year’s figure, and a further indication of the growth in stature of the event. Other former champions in action will be England’s Warren Bennett (1999) and Sweden’s Pierre Fulke (2000).

Courtesy of http://www.europeantour.com/  

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