Scottish Open. Alex Noren Wins

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Alex Noren, from Sweden, wins the Scottish Open, and is crowned King of Castle Stuart Golf Links.


Alex carded a final round -2 under par 70 to post a winning Scottish Open score of -14 under par, and a one shot victory;

“This is by far the biggest win, the amount of players that are here and on a course like this in Scotland, it’s only what I dreamt of growing up.”

“I’m so happy it’s over because it was a tough, tough leaderboard, a lot of guys at 11, 12, 13 under and it was just not a cruising win at all.”

“Thinking about it this morning, how much it would mean, then it feels like miles away and now when it happens, it just feels unbelievable.”

“I’ll just try to enjoy this. I know how tough this game is and I’m just really happy to get a win and then for next week, it’s a new week and see what happens
Tyrrell Hatton claimed second place at – 13 under par, his last round of -3 under 69 not quite good enough to challenge.
Tied in third at -12 under were Danny Lee, Matteo Manassero and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Scottish Open. Alex Noren Leads

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Alex Noren from Sweden, leads the Scottish Open at the half way stage at  Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.

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Alex put together a great second round -6 under par 66 to take the half-way lead in the Scottish Open at -8 under par.

Alex likes the course, and is looking forward to the week-end;

“I like this place, it’s a really fun course to play.”

“A few very tricky holes and then a few holes where you can go for the green in two on the par fives and you can reach I think two greens today on the par four in one, which is very fun for us.”

“Some weeks, we play courses where it’s tough all the way around, and here, it’s kind of a really nice mix, so I like it.”

“It wasn’t easy but I managed to hit some good shots. It got better and better. I played steady on the front nine, and then my last nine holes, I really got it going.” 

“It’s always nice when you get it going and then another birdie maybe drops, and that’s what happened today.”

“Anything can happen on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee, New Zealand, and Eddie Pepperell of England, both one shot back at -7 under par. Danny also carded a -6 under 66 today, while Eddie was -5 under 67.

Matteo Manassero, -5 under 67 today, Branden Grace, -5 under 67, Richard Bland -4 under 68 and Jorge Campillo -6 under 66, are all tied in fourth place at -6 under par for the tournament

Matteo thought it was a bit easier today;

“It was still tough but yesterday was brutal.”

 “I played solid just like yesterday.”

“The fact there is a little less wind allowed me a few more chances for birdie that I converted and it just ended up being a good round.”

“It’s exciting, of course, being up on the leaderboard and when it’s by playing well and not just by scrambling well or by some sort of escape, it’s even more exciting and I’m happy.”

“It has been really hard with a lot of ups and downs, mainly downs.”

“It’s something that starts with little things and when you have never really played badly before, it’s hard and you keep going down.”

At -5 under for the competition are two-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -3 under 69 today and Graeme McDowell also recording a second round -3 under 69.

Scottish Open. 1st Round,Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard, Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar battled the wild and windy day at  Castle Stuart Golf Links.

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Scott, from Australia,  just loves links golf, and the tough conditions, carding an opening round in the Scottish Open of -3 under par 69;

“It’s awesome fun. It’s awesome. Doesn’t matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it’s just awesome. It’s great.”

I love it. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It’s just great. Great fun. It’s exciting.”

“Obviously conditions were quite tough and it was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I’m very happy.”

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Felipe is from Chile, and he spoke about the difficult conditions, and not making too many mistakes in his -3 under 69;

“It was very difficult golf today, really windy after the second hole.”

“You have to be really patient out here, but this is just the first day. The course is playing really difficult.”

“You have some holes that you can actually reach the green in one but if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s not very easy to make an up and down from there.

“We didn’t make too many mistakes except for two bogeys on nine and 18 but you’re going to make some bogeys out here.”

“You have to make sure you make some birdies, also.”

Very close behind them are a group of eight players on -2 under par 70, they include, two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, and former US PGA Championship winner YE Yang.

These guys are  followed by a bunch of ten players on -1 under par, Luke Donald, Danny Lee, Matteo ManasseroRafa Cabrera Bello and Branden Grace are in this group.

Phil Mickelson struggled round in +4 over par 76, Shane Lowry +5 over 77, which was not too bad considering the worst score of the day was +16 over 88.

Spanish Open. Andrew Beef Johnston Wins Maiden Title.

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Andrew Beef Johnston, from England, seals his maiden European Tour victory, the Spanish Open at Valderrama.

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Andrew carded a final round -1 under par 70 at Valderrama to post a Spanish Open winning total of +1 over par, a one shot maiden victory. It was everything he had dreamed of;

“It is what you dream of to have your name on a trophy alongside so many special names like Seve, Faldo, Langer.”

“I drove the ball well all week, chipped and putted well all week, I struggled a bit with my irons the first three days but I just kept going and kept digging in and then on the fourth I found something.”

“I came off the course and I just started crying with the emotion of it. It’s just very surreal and I don’t think it will hit me for a few days.”

“You see them winning these tournaments, and the history of it and all these names, so to put mine on there feels pretty ridiculous, really. It really does.”

“Hopefully I can be one of those guys who has an incredible career like that and people are sitting here in the future going, ‘oh, Beef’s on there’. It’s pretty incredible.”

Joost Luiten from Holland was in second place, a last round of even par giving him a +2 over par total.

Tournament Host, Sergio Garcia claimed third place with a magnificent final round -4 under par 67 for a +3 over par total;

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“It was exciting today, I played very nicely even though my wrist was giving me a little bit of trouble. But I managed to hit a lot of great shots, I made some great recoveries and holed some nice putts.”

“It’s just a shame on the last, I got a massive flyer with the eight iron. I hit it 195yrds when I’m supposed to hit 165.”

“But that happens so I’m proud the way the tournament has gone, and the way I have played having played four weeks in a row, which is tiring, but we’ve raised a lot of money for our foundation.”

Defending champion James Morrison, +1 over 72 today, and Søren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68,  tied for fourth position at +4 over par.

It has been 20 years since a regular event had been won at an over par score, Ian Woosnam shooting the same score to win the Scottish Open at Carnoustie in 1996.

I don’t know if the galleries really want to see a tournament set up like this, so tough that some of the top professionals from the European Tour could not break par. This tournament is just a regular tour event, not a Major. I wonder how the members of  Real Club Valderrama find the course.

Scottish Open. Rickie Romps Home.

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Rickie Fowler romps home in the Scottish Open, wining the title at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.


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Rickie carded a -2 under pa 68 to win the Scottish Open with a -12 under par total, and has improved the betting odds for his appearance next week at The Open. He birdied the final hole in a dramatic finish to seize the trophy and hopes to double up next week;

“Phil Mickelson mentioned to me win this and there’s a good chance you win next week so I had to take care of business.”

“I don’t know what’s so special about links golf but it’s my favourite. The golf course can play so different day after day and it presents a new challenge. It was a good test this week at Gullane.”

“It’s pretty special, I played great coming in and it’s been a great week. I will have a bit of time tonight to let it sink in and get right back at it next week.”

“This is a big win. I had a couple of missed cuts after winning the Players, which was disappointing, so it feels good to get back on form.”

“I had to dig deep. I was a little bummed to drop a shot on 14 but knew I had some birdie holes coming in. I had played the last four holes well this week and luckily 14 didn’t cost me.”

“There are a few things we can tighten up for next week but I am looking forward to getting back to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and getting into contention.”

Another American Matt Kuchar was tied in second place, with Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelinboth finished one shot behind at -11 under par for the tournament. Matt also scored a final round -2 under par, while Raphaël could not improve his total, carding a final round of even par 70.

The best placed English player was Eddie Pepperell, -1 under 69, who tied third with Scotsman Marc Warren, who had the best round of the day, -6 under 64 and Joost Luiten, who hails from The Netherlands, he had to settled for a final round of even par 70. They were all at -10 under par for the competition.

Luke Donald showed some better form here than of late, coming in tied fourth at -9 under par, and must have improved his chances for next week at St. Andrews.

Tournament leader at the start of the day, Daniel Brooks, could not hold on to the top spot any longer, finishing poorly with a +3 over par 73 and T7 at -9 under par, with Luke, and Ross Fisher.

Daniel had some compensation for his good effort this week, he qualified for The Open at St. Andrews, along with Raphaël Jacquelin, and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg.


Scottish Open. Daniel Brooks Holds On.

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Daniel Brooks holds onto the lead in the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.

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Daniel started the third round badly, with a double-bogey at the first hole, but battled back to card a -1 under par 69 third round and stay at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard.

Daniel was more than happy to have recovered from that double-bogey start, in the cold and wind;

“It’s good to get off to a bad start and hold it together.”

“It was playing tough and cold in the wind so it was nice to carry on the way I have been playing. I hit a lot of poor shots today but scrambled and putted well.”

“It would be amazing to win, that’s what we play for.”

“It’s the biggest day of my career but I am trying not to think about it.”

“The main priority is to keep my card because I have been struggling all year.”

Raphaël Jacquelin, in second place at -11 under par, has been around for a long time, and the 40 year-old has suffered a lean spell of success, but a -6 under par 64 has put him back where he wants to be;

“It’s been hard, the last three months is really difficult, especially for me. Normally I make quite a lot of cuts and play pretty solid off the tee and I hit a lot of greens.”

“So it’s been tough but it’s my 20th season on Tour, so I’ve been lucky, never lost my card. So I can’t really complain, even if the last three months were difficult. It’s part of the game.”

“The game of golf, it’s getting really difficult. The level of the players is getting high.”

“So as soon as you’re not 100 per cent, you’re not going to play the weekend. That’s part of it.”

“That’s why we keep working hard and practicing like I did, to be in that position I will be in tomorrow.”

Third position is being shared by; Rickie Fowler, Joost Luiten and Tommy Fleetwood, all at -10 under par, and in a good position to attack the course tomorrow.

Graeme McDowell and defending champion Justin Rose both carded +2 over par 72 today and effectively took themselves out of contention, now T18 in huge group of players at -6 under par for the competition. Phil Mickelson could only manage an even par 70 round and remains way down the pack.

Scottish Open. Daniel Brooks Has Half-way Lead.

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Daniel Brooks has the half-way lead in the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.

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Daniel put together a second round -5 under par 65 to take the 36 hole lead in the Scottish Open, posting a -11 under par total, and giving him a commanding three shot  advantage over the field.

He was pleased with his play, after missing some cuts recently;

“I played really solid and I’ve not missed many shots at all.”

“The last three weeks now; Germany, I started playing nicely, just missed the cut there but played some nice golf.”

“France, I had a load of silly mistakes, bogeys. Cutting them out this week and it’s worked out nicely so far.”

“It’s hard to miss that many cuts. It does get you down. It only takes one good week out here and hopefully that’s what I’ll have.”

“I’ve been there, done it, hopefully can have a good weekend and see what happens.”

Daniel may have a three shot lead, but chasing him down, are six players tied second place at -8 under par; Mathew Nixon, Ryan Palmer, Shane Lowery, Johan Carlsson and the formidable pair of Graeme McDowell and defending champion Justin Rose.

Justin was involved in an incident on his second nine, his ball striking an old gentleman in the gallery, which probably had something to do with Justin carding all pars on that nine;

“You can’t quite see where the spectator line is on that hole and when I saw the ball bounce up I was hoping it had maybe hit one of the white stakes.”

“I was pretty concerned walking up there and seeing there was someone on the ground, but he took it like a trooper and was talking to me so that was slightly reassuring.”

“He told me had been coming to tournaments for years and years and had never got hit before.”

“But I feel like I have managed my game well, played the hard holes well and kept it clean.”

“There are still a couple of loose shots that I am getting away with on this course that I wouldn’t on other courses.

Shane, who was in contention at the U.S. Open, has put his recent good form down to a happy home life;

“I’ve settled down a lot and matured a lot.”

“Everything in my life is a lot more stable and my golf is reaping the benefits.”

Johan was happy with his putting;

“For me it was just pretty solid, I continued to putt good, made some saves.”

“I did have a few chances, though, but I made a few good par putts as well.”

Phil Mickelson made the cut and is currently T48 on -3 under par.