Andrew Dodt shares Scottish Open lead

Virginia Carter
July 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.

Shinkwin was trying his best to be as phlegmatic as possible, concluding that "it's been a very good week and at the end of the day I'm more than happy to finish second, although of course the win was on my mind". Shinkwin had that prize - and with it an extra £300,000 - in his grasp as he came towards the end of his final round at Dundonald Links last night, but nerves and some questionable decision-making let him down as he handed victory to Rafael Cabrera Bello instead.

Fox carded a final round two under par 70 to finish on 8 under, five shots behind the victor, Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Not only because of Shinkwin's collapse, but a piece of good fortune he got at the last in regulation play that was verging on the grotesque. "Obviously a few months back, things were pretty hard but obviously life's a little bit easier right now and I'm enjoying my golf".

"I played great yesterday and today, but badly I finished with a double-bogey on 18 yesterday, so it was a bit kind of revenge today, and I started well and everything was going in the right way", he said.

Ian Poulter had shared the lead going into the final round but fell away with a 74 and a tie for ninth place. He narrowly missed but tapped in for a birdie meaning Shinkwin had a putt to keep the playoff alive.

"I have played all the course on the Open rota and Royal Birkdale has always been my favourite Open venue because of 2008 and I'm looking forward to competing there", he said.

"I have been fighting for this win for many years", the 33-year-old said.

A cloudy, hot and humid Sunday with a 60% rain chance
Another similar day for Wednesday , but will be warmer with highs in the lower 90s, with heat index values near 100. As the Sacramento valley sees highs in the 100s, Reno in the 90s, South Lake Tahoe will have a week of highs 78-85.

"I've won before and I have been up there so many, many times and things have not really worked out for myself".

2 - Callum Shinkwin came so close to securing a first European Tour title.

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers knew that it would take a ton of birdies Sunday to win the John Deere Classic.

"I just think that today I had that little bit of luck that I needed".

"I kind of knew I had to hole that". "I can just go out and play golf".

Matthieu Pavon and Dodt joined Shinkwin in qualifying for the Open courtesy of a top-10 finish for non-exempt players.

Even earlier, Open champion Henrik Stenson's final competitive round before beginning the defense of his title ultimately ended in rather downbeat fashion.

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