Top flight Scottish soccer side Aberdeen have entered into a partnership with golf’s Open Championship.
The deal relates to the staging of next year’s Championship, one of golf’s four annual majors, at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus in July. As part of the agreement, the Claret Jug will be taken to Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium later this season before the 147th staging of the tournament.
The two parties will deliver exclusive content to fans in the build-up to the event.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director at The R&A, said: “Aberdeen FC are a club steeped in the richest history and traditions and an ideal partner for The Open as one of the world’s greatest sporting events.”
Duncan Fraser, chief executive of Aberdeen, added: “Aberdeen Football Club are proud to enter this unique partnership with The Open and we look forward to offering exclusive promotions which will benefit our supporters.
The 2018 Open Championship will be held from 19th to 22nd July. Carnoustie previously hosted golf’s oldest major in 2007, when Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington defeated Spaniard Sergio García in a playoff.