Dodt happily swaps NY for Open at Birkdale

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 17, 2017

Fox's final round at the Dundonald Links included a remarkable "hole in three" with his first tee shot going out of bounds and his second attempt from the tee delivering a hole in one. "I'm in a good mental state", he said.

But the Englishman took four shots from the edge of the green to drop into a tie with Cabrera-Bello, 33, on 13 under par overall.

Two shots further back is fellow Englishman Sullivan, a three time Tour victor two years ago, who finished bogey, birdie and eagle in his score of 67. I have struggled with it, but today I just felt it was a good day. "Obviously a few months back, things were pretty hard, but life's a little bit easier right now and obviously I'm enjoying my golf".

"Rachel and I were meant to be off to NY tomorrow morning, but pretty happy to be going to Birkdale and my first major", he said.

Shinkwin started the final round in a share of the lead with Ian Poulter and Andrew Dodt, and led by a shot going down the last for the first time Sunday.

Cabrera Bello hit his own approach to within 10 feet, and while he missed his eagle attempt by a few inches, his tap in birdie was enough as Shinkwin narrowly failed to get up and down.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello claimed his first victory since 2012 by beating England's Callum Shinkwin in a play-off for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Unlike his two rivals, Poulter has already qualified for next week's Open at Royal Birkdale - a major in which the Englishman finished second at the same venue in 2008 - as has compatriot Andy Sullivan, who is the trio's closest challenger, two strokes back in outright fourth. I had no shot, really.

Poulter, who missed the cut in his last two Scottish Open appearances but also recorded a couple of top-tens when the event was staged at Loch Lomond, has enjoyed a real resurgence when, after fearing that he'd lost his PGA Tour playing rights, he was handed a reprieve when, thanks to fellow player Brian Gay raising the matter, it was discovered that there had been a miscalculation with his major medical extension. I'm very happy to have gotten that third win, finally. I just didn't get the breaks yesterday.

The former US Open champion had been looking for a first top-10 of the season to earn him place at Royal Birkdale next week but he carded a 72 to finish on five under in a share of 19th.

"Of course I was nervous but to be fair it was nothing like what everyone probably thinks". I knew it was only going to go one way, up the leaderboard.

"I'm prepared for playing links golf, it was nice to have the Irish Open last week and then the Scottish Open". I need to play well.

Sung Hyun Park won the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory.

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