NBC to televise Scottish Open

The final two rounds of the Scottish Open are to be shown live on American television network NBC - a first for a regular European Tour event.

Martin Gilbert, chief executive of the championship sponsors, said: "The US is one of our most important markets and therefore we are very supportive of this new agreement.

"It's a very effective way for us to reach a mass audience and showcase not only our commitment to golf and to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, but also raise our profile as a leading global financial institution."

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond added: "It is a fantastic boost for Scottish golf and an incredible opportunity for Scotland to showcase the magnificent scenery of the Highlands and the fantastic golf on offer at Castle Stuart and across the country."