Scottish Open: Graeme McDowell drops back to miss out on Open place

Monday, 17 Jul, 2017

When it's a hole-in-three. What the 24-year-old from Watford won't take, however, is the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Title. A disgusting, squally Ayrshire afternoon rendered Dundonald Links a brutal test in places.

"Not the only hole-in-three I've heard of, a mate had one back home".

Poulter went into the final day tied for the lead and looking to end a five-year winless drought but sadly the Woburn wonder failed to fire in recording a 74 and finish a distant ninth on seven under at Dundonald Links.

The field for the Open at Royal Birkdale was completed with three spaces for the top finishers at the Dundonald Links who were not previously in the draw. It must have been frustrating for him because I felt he got unlucky with the ball not rolling back to the bunker.

The last of Poulter's 14 global victories was in November 2012 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

A 72nd-hole meltdown from Callum Shinkwin helped, too, at the Scottish Open.

With wild and windy conditions the order of the day, tee times were brought forward to try and avoid the worst of the weather.

"I am extremely happy", he said.

American player Matt Kuchar said a 6-iron went 127 yards.

"I'll keep trying. I'm playing good, and I'm hitting the ball solid and making some putts". He is the only player to win the British Open and Scottish Open in the same year. Fowler won with a birdie at the last. Starting in a share of the lead, Harrington missed two-footers for par on Nos. 1 and 4 for bogeys.

He picks up just over $90 000 in prize money. When Brian Gay alerted officials to a discrepancy in the points structure used for players competing with a medical exemption, Poulter got a reprieve. Otherwise it would be him sitting here instead of me today.

"I'm absolutely pumped to be playing in my first major".

Dodt then bogeyed the fifth and birdie the eighth to be one-under through the front nine. You can beat yourself up before you get on the golf course, which is a problem.

Ian Poulter knows that mind games can force you to lose a game of golf before you've teed off.

The result is Dodt's sixth top-0o in his 26 Tour events this year and, in some way, makes amends for last May's disappointment in leading going into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship but only to finish in a share of sixth on the famed "Burma Road" course.

Rachel Dodt arrived from Sydney and into a rain and windswept Glasgow Airport on Saturday morning, largely packed for a five-day holiday in summery NY and possibly a last overseas holiday before the couple tries to start a family.