Tom Lehman, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie have confirmed that they will be returning to Loch Lomond for the £1.1million Standard Life Loch Lomond on July 12-15.
Last year Montgomerie stormed from five shots behind on the closing day, shooting a breathtaking 64 on Saturday for his first European Tour victory in his native Scotland.
Lehman’s entry completes the quartet of former champions in the field which includes in the inaugural 1996 winner Thomas Bjorn and the 1998 champion Lee Westwood.
Following his third consecutive Volvo PGA Championship win at Wentworth Club, Montgomerie said:
"Winning the Standard Life Loch Lomond last year on home soil and in front of my own crowd was a very emotional experience for me. I am really looking forward to returning to defend my title."
On the back of his recent "distant" second place in the US Open, Els will be looking to regain his form in the run up to The Open Championship. Els could well be the only man to stop Tiger Woods wining the grand slam at St Andrews. His pedigree at the Dunhill Cup, played every October at The Old Course may prove pivotal as he captained South Africa to back to back wins in 1997 and 1998.
"I am really looking forward to returning to see Loch Lomond again and take in the course. I must say it is a truly fantastic course and I am sure this year it will be a great tournament". Said Els.
Montgomerie, Els and Lehman join an impressive field that includes Phil Mickelson and reigning Open Champion Paul Lawrie. Now in its fifth year the Standard Life Loch Lomond is one of the most prestigious events on the European Tour International Schedule.
Lehman, winner of the 1996 Open Championship, said: “Loch Lomond is a beautifully scenic course and a pleasure to play, so I am looking forward to this year’s Standard Life Loch Lomond. It’s always exciting to return and compete in a tournament you have previously won, taking on the challenge of past winners who have experienced the same and want it again.”