Graeme McDowell apologises for Scottish Open criticism

Graeme McDowell on day two of the World Challenge on November 30, 2012
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Graeme McDowell apologises for his criticism of Scottish Open course Castle Stuart.

Golfer Graeme McDowell has apologised for his criticism of the Scottish Open regarding its move from Loch Lomond to Inverness.

McDowell said that the tournament was not held in such high regard since it moved location in 2011, but his apology has been accepted by one of the tournament's sponsors.

"Graeme contacted me to apologise and he's not the first person to say something they regret, so we've got no problems whatsoever with him," said chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management Martin Gilbert.

"My hope is that he will play Royal Aberdeen next year after saying what a great golf course it is.

"He took the time to get in touch and I really admire him for that. He said we should catch up at The Open for a chat and I was impressed with how he had handled the situation."

The course for the Scottish Open was at Loch Lomond for 15 years before moving to Castle Stuart.

Graeme McDowell on day two of the World Challenge on November 30, 2012
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