Sunday, July 13, 2014



Justin Rose will head for Hoylake as the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open champion but, possibly more important, with a strong feeling that he can add another Major to his CV in next week's Open championship at Hoylake.
The Johannesburg-born Englishman, 35 on July 30, who started his pro golf career  after tieing for fourth place as a young amateur in the 1998 Oen with a double-digit number of missed cuts in a row, proved over the Balgownie links that he is in superb form over the kind of conditions he will find at Royal Liverpool.
A couple of early birdies put Rose two ahead of joint overnight leader Marc Warren from Glasgow and the former US Open champion never looked back, was never in the slighest danger of being daught as he signed off with a 65 (31-34) for a 16 under par aggregate of 268.
He won by two shots from lesser known Swede Kristoffer Broberg who was in the mix almost from the start of the tournament, finished on 270 with scores of 65, 71, 68 and 66.
Warren, for the second time in three years, had a winning chance on the final day of the Scottish Open but, like at Castle Stuart, he could not get the job done.
Nevertheless, Marc deserves credit for four sub-par rounds in finishing third on 273 (67-69-67-70).
A course record, eight under 63 by Stephen Gallacher gave us two Scots in the top four or so, which can't be bad.
Gallacher tied for fourth place on 274 with Italy's Matteo Manassero, Irishman Shane Lowry and England's Tyrrell Hatton.
Another Scot in the top 10 was Scott Jamieson who played himself into the Open which starts on Thursday. 
The Glasgow man, partnering Stephen Gallacher who had a 63 (matching the new course record set by Chilean Felipe Aguilar shorttly before)  equalled the "old" record of 64, set by Rory McIlroy in the first round, and totalled 275.
Jamieson, Hatton and Broberg won the three places on offer from the RandA in this coming week's Open championship.
Rickie Fowler, 65 for 275, had the honour of being the leading American in the final totals, one shot ahead of defending champion Phil Mickelson who saved his best until last - a 65 for 276

Justin Rose produced a links golf master-class to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open with a six under par 65 in the final round at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Rose, the 2013 US Open Champion, started the day tied for the lead with home favourite Marc Warren, but left all his rivals trailing in his wake with a flawless display that featured five birdies on the front nine and one more on the back to reach 16 under par for the week.It was his second victory in succession, following his triumph at Congressional on the US PGA Tour last month.
Warren eventually signed for a one under par 70, good enough for third place, three shots behind runner-up Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, who closed with a 66. 

Another Scot, Stephen Gallacher, equalled the course record with a 63 for a share of fourth place, alongside England’s Tyrrell Hatton (68), Irishman Shane Lowry (66) and Italy’s Matteo Manassero (65).
Justin Rose
“It’s the first time I’ve won in Scotland as a pro and I’m delighted to have won on The European Tour again. I was pretty calm because I had a good start and built up a bit of a lead. 

"On the 15th I holed a slippery five-footer to stay three ahead, but on 16 I was wide of the green in a really bad spot, and I saw on the leaderboard that my lead was down to two. That was the moment I was really tested, but I made the best up-and-down I’ve made all week, and to keep myself two ahead was very, very important.
“On Wednesday there was no way I was winning this tournament. I think I lost about seven balls in the pro-am. Sometimes it takes a few rounds to get into your rhythm, and I really think, having a scorecard in my hand this week,  really helped my preparation and really helped my game get better.
“I could have been on the range for four days and probably not got to the level with my game that I'm at now because of playing a tournament. Playing under a little bit of pressure and making adjustments in terms of hitting numbers really helps. I’m very excited for next week at Hoylake.”
Marc Warren
“Overall it’s been a fantastic week for me with loads of memories to take away. I’m obviously disappointed it wasn’t me winning. My ball-striking was as good as it’s been all week but the putter was a little cold.

" I seemed to be misreading the lines a bit. Justin was the opposite, and once he was out in front he was tough to catch. He’s been absolutely clinical today. He’s obviously a cool customer and a great front-runner.
“It’s been an incredible week. This golf course has lived up to its billing. It’s the first time I’ve played it and it far exceeded my expectations. Aberdeen Asset as well is an incredible sponsor for this tournament and it continues to grow and grow.”

Par 284 (4x71) prizemoney in Euros
268 Justin Rose (England) 69 68 66 65 (627,020 euros)
270 Kristoffer Broberg (Sweden) 65 71 68 66 (418,009)
273 Marc Warren (Scotland) 67 69 67 70 (235,509)
274 Stephen Gallacher (Scotland) 72 69 70 63, Matteo Manassero (Italy) 69 72 68 65, Shane Lowry (Ireland) 72 68 68 66, Tyrrell Hatton (England) 69 71 66 68 (148,030 euros each)
275 Scott Jamieson (Scotland) 74 67 70 64, Rickie Fowler (USA) 71 71 68 65, Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 71 71 67 66 (84,522)
276 Phil Mickelson (USA) 68 73 70 65, Danny Willett (England) 70 71 68 67, Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 69 75 66 66 (64,834)
277 Paul Casey (England) 69 71 72 65, Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 64 78 68 67 (T14)
278 Luke Donald (England) 67 73 72 66, James Morrison (Wales) 71 73 69 66, Mikko Ilonen (Finland) 71 68 69 70, Craig Lee (Scotland) 72 69 66 71, Pablo Gonzalez (Argentina) 65 71 71 (56,432 euros each)
281 Russell Knox (Scotland) 68 74 69 70, Paul Lawrie (Scotland) 74 70 71 66 (T27) (32,919 euros each).
282 David Drysdale (Scoland) 67 76 69 70, Alistair Forsyth (Scotland) 70 73 70 69 (T35) (26,355 euros each).
283 Martin Laird (Scotland) 70 70 70 73, Ernie Els (South Africa) 83 81 83 77 (21,820 euros each)
287 Greig Hutcheon (Scotland) 70 70 74 73 (T64) (8,465 euros)




+Next year's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be played over the Gullane No 1 course, East Lothian and, in 2016, it will return to Castle Stuart.



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