The Open and Aberdeen Football Club have announced an official partnership ahead of The 147th Open which takes place at Carnoustie in July 2018. The strategic partnership will see The Open and Aberdeen Football Club work together to provide supporters with unique and engaging content in the lead up to the Championship. Aberdeen fans will be able to get up close to the famous Claret Jug as it visits Pittodrie over the coming months.

There will also be exclusive promotions for fans who plan to attend The 147th Open which will bring the world’s greatest golfers to the renowned Angus links from 15-22 July 2018.

Paul Lawrie, who became the Champion Golfer of the Year when golf’s oldest major championship was held at Carnoustie in 1999, helped launch the partnership at Pittodrie when members of the Aberdeen first-team squad had a rare opportunity to view the iconic Claret Jug.

Paul Lawrie, a lifelong Aberdeen fan, will also be on hand to support the partnership through until The 147th Open at Carnoustie.

He 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.”

Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, 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 ahead of its return to the scene of Paul Lawrie’s unforgettable win against the odds in 1999 and I am delighted he can join us today to launch this exciting partnership.”

Aberdeen FC Chief Executive, Duncan Fraser, added: “Aberdeen Football Club is proud to enter this partnership with The Open and we look forward to offering exclusive promotions which will benefit our supporters. The Claret Jug is one the most iconic trophies in all of sport and we look forward to showcasing it alongside our honours which includes the most famous silverware in Scottish and European football.”

Source : Aberdeen FC