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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
WE’LL never know what might have happened had the Scottish Open run its full course, with rain washing out the third round. But it’s a safe bet Luke Donald’s winning margin would have been even greater had the tournament gone the distance at Castle Stuart. Untouchable on Sunday, the Englishman shot his best ever European Tour round—a scintillating 63—to secure his second successive title in Europe by four shots. Five front nine birdies and another four on the back nine in a bogey-free round was easily enough for the 33-year- old Brit, who must now surely start as favourite for this week’s British Open. Speaking of, Donald issued a subtle warning he could do the same again at Sandwich next weekend. “If you played well it was there for the taking and with the greens being softer and very little wind,” he said after the win. “But I holed the putts when I needed to, and I holed a bunch of 20, 25-footers out there today, and had a good feel for the greens. “I was seeing the lines very well and it was nice to hold them when it mattered. “I felt good out there. I felt very comfortable and very in control, and that’s a good sign for next week.” Second-placed Fredrik Andersson won’t have any regrets, other than the missing 18 holes, perhaps. He barely scraped under the cut line, then declared war on the links layout as the four leaders’ stocks plummeted. His final round surpassed even Donald’s, with the Swede signing for a 10-under 62 and jumping from 43rd overnight to secure a big pay day. Back to those leaders, and Scotsmen Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford, Swede Peter Hanson and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell barely had time to blink before their tournament chances were gone. Jamieson was the only one of the quartet to break 70, while McDowell found a new home in the shrubs on the par five 12th, putting two balls in the greenery and racking up a quadruple bogey to stamp out his charge. At least one of them had something to smile about, with Jamieson’s successful three-metre putt on the final hole earning him the last remaining spot at the British Open on Thursday. OTG “IT’S NICE TO GET ANOTHER VICTORY—I CAN GET USED TO THIS.” — World No.1 Luke Donald at the Scottish Open WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 LUKE DONALD ENG -19 € 500,250 2 FREDRIK ANDERSSON SWE -15 € 366,830 T3 ANGEL CABRERA ARG -14 € 126,117 T3 GEORGE COETZEE RSA -14 € 126,117 T3 NICOLAS COLSAERTS BEL -14 € 126,117 T3 LORENZO GAGLI ITA -14 € 126,117 T3 SCOTT JAMIESON SCO -14 € 126,117 T3 MARK TULLO CHI -14 € 126,117 T3 MARTIN WIEGELE AUT -14 € 126,117 T10 ROBERT COLES ENG -13 € 59,179 T10 JAMIE DONALDSON WAL -13 € 59,179 T10 PETER HANSON SWE -13 € 59,179 T10 MATT KUCHAR USA -13 € 59,179 LUKE BANKS WET WIN