LAST weekend’s Open Championship at Royal Troon was expected to boost the Scottish economy to the tune of £140 million.
Around 170,000 golf fans descended on the South Ayrshire town to catch the golfing action as Sweden’s Henrik Stenson beat American Phil Mickelson to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday (July 17).
VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: “Golf is a vital part of the visitor economy with the ripple effect felt in shops, hotels, restaurants and a wide variety of other businesses across Scotland.
“These high profile events don’t just provide entertainment – they represent a multi-million pound benefit to Scotland – both urban and rural.
“Scotland continues to be the envy of world golf when it comes to the hosting of the biggest and best events in the game.”