Although it is one of the PGA european tourmajor events, it had a very relaxed atmosphere with all the major players mixing with the public and signing autographs.
I have to say a very big thank you to Colin Montgomerie, who gave me an autographed Golf Glove, for a colleague of mine who was due to retire from work. Colin was the big name promoting the event, who only lives a few miles from Gleneagles and I never saw him reuse a request for an autograph, well done Colin.
The other big names at the event was the defending Campion, Edoardo Molinari, together with his brother Francesco Molinari. The great Dane, Thomas Bjorn, the next Ryder Cup Captain, Jose Maria Olazabal and past Open Champion Paul Lawrie, to name but a few.
The weather was a mixed bag over the four days. One minute it was sunshine, then a shower of rain and then the mist rolling down over the mountains. However the majority of the time it was pleasant which allowed for some good photography, hope you enjoy the pictures taken at the tournament.
All pictures by Ian Hood, please visit www.imphotography.co.uk.