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Scottish Open 2016

Round 4 - Alex Noren clinches narrow victory

July 11, 2016

Alex Noren held off his pursuers in the final round Sunday to win the Scottish Open by one shot for his fifth victory on the European Tour.

The Swede shot 2-under 70 to finish on 14-under 274, with playing partner Tyrrell Hatton (69) the runner-up at Castle Stuart. Nicolas Colsaerts (66), Danny Lee (69) and Matteo Manassero (70) were two shots back.

Hatton, Colsaerts, Manassero and Richie Ramsay took the final four qualification places for next week's British Open at Royal Troon.

Noren began the day with a two-shot lead, which disappeared after a bogey at No. 8 that left him tied with Lee. The 33-year-old Noren birdied Nos. 12 and 15 to go two shots in front again, and a par at the par-5 last was enough to win.

Round 3 - Alex Noren stretches lead to two shots

July 10, 2016

Alex Noren will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Scottish Open at a rainy Castle Stuart, after birdies at the final two holes on Saturday.

The Swede hit a stunning tee-shot on the par-three 17th hole, before adding a birdie three at the last to reach 12 under par for the tournament.

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, ranked one place above Noren at 98th in the world rankings, had five birdies and an eagle in a six-under-par third round of 66 to sit tied for second alongside Matteo Manassero.

Noren's only win in the last five seasons came last year in the Scandinavian Masters, but after taking a one-stroke halfway advantage, he increased his lead in Scotland.

The 33-year-old had three birdies in his last four holes in the second round, and was similarly impressive in the closing stages on Saturday.

"To birdie the last and to go into tomorrow with a two-shot (lead) was very nice," said Noren.

"All I was trying to do was put in a good round and then deal with the weather that rolled in, but the good thing the course soaked up the rain, while other courses would have flooded.

"The thing is now that anyone who is six or seven under could shoot a good round, so I will be trying to do the same."

Italy's Manassero has plummeted out of the game's elite in recent years, having struggled since his BMW PGA Championship win in 2013 at Wentworth.

Manassero became the youngest European Tour winner in 2010 at the age of 17 years and 188 days in winning the Castellon Masters, but is now ranked 596th in the world and has not had a top-10 finish since the 2014 Scottish Open.

The 23-year-old eagled the sixth and then birdied three holes in succession near the end of his third round to reach 10 under par overall despite also carding three bogeys.

"It's exciting being up high on the leaderboard and with a chance of winning tomorrow, always exciting," he said.

"I playing really well but then I am scrambling well and making some good escapes and that has been the key for these three days.

"So it's even more exciting and I'm very happy, and looking forward to tomorrow."

The top four players in the top 12 this week who are not exempt for the British Open will get invites to Royal Troon for the tournament starting on July 14.

Currently those spots are held by Manassero, Hatton, Justin Walters and Romain Wattel.

There are a host of top players still close enough to Noren to possibly mount a challenge on Sunday.

Former major champions Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer are only four and six shots back respectively, while world number six Henrik Stenson fired a brilliant 66 to get to five under par.

Andy Sullivan, who contended at last week's French Open, is at eight under, while South African Walters is tied for third with Danny Lee three shots behind after a 65, the joint-best round of the day.

Five-time major champion and former Scottish Open winner Phil Mickelson had to settle for a two-under 70 and is tied for 51st place.

Round 2 - Alex Noren takes over halfway lead

July 9, 2016

Sweden's Alex Noren blazed into red-hot form late on to move one shot clear of the field after two rounds of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart on Friday.

Noren, who will celebrate his 34th birthday next Tuesday, could be in for an early celebration after birdies in three of his closing four holes in a bogey-free six-under-par 66 for a total of eight-under-par.

The Monaco-based Noren is no stranger to victory having won four times on the European Tour including last year successfully defending his Nordea Masters crown.

"I was messing around a bit with my swing at the start and then all of a sudden I got a better ball strike over the inward nine," he said.

"Mentally, that is always nice and also it helps my preparation for The Open next week as this golf course is a great test."

New Zealand's Danny Lee (66) and England's Eddie Pepperell (67) share second place just a shot back.

Lee had been due to compete as defending champion in this week's PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic but the tournament was cancelled due to West Virginia floods that resulted in the deaths of 24 people.

In a gesture to help in the recovery of the Greenbrier region, Lee is donating $500 for every birdie and $1,000 for every eagle he scores at the Scottish Open.

To date, Lee has managed 11 birdies over the two rounds and as a result $5,500 will be making its way to the flood relief appeal.

"It's really unfortunate what happened there and hopefully I can make a little difference to the lives of the people affected," he said.

The Irish pair of Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, each with 69s, are very well placed at five under par and McDowell clearly benefitted from spending last weekend, after missing the French Open cut, practising at Royal Troon, home of the Open next week.

"Having spent last weekend at Royal Troon was big for me on a lot of levels, and just like that third shot at the last from 99 yards," said McDowell.

"It was a 9-iron but only 99 yards out and I was working on that very shot at Troon last weekend, and it's just very hard tuning for that shot as you don't see that shot very often."

Former Scottish Open champion Phil Mickelson produced an impressive turnaround in form, including holing his second shot at the par four 16th, in a score of 69 to get back inside the top-50 at one over par.

The five-time Major champion began the second round sharing 89th place and looked to be heading for the weekend off at six over in total after six holes but completed his last dozen holes in five under.

"I was very proud of the way I managed to turn it around, especially after dropping two shots early. But then I got lucky on 16 to make eagle and that turned it around for me," he said.

Round 1 - Scott Hend & Felipe Aguilar share lead

July 8, 2016

Australian Scott Hend and Chile's Felipe Aguilar shot three-under-par 69s to lead the way in the Scottish Open after a windy first round at Castle Stuart on Thursday.

The pair finished one stroke ahead of a group of players including three former major champions, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, Irishman Padraig Harrington and South Korean Yang Yong-eun.

Hend, who has a place in the field for next week's British Open at Royal Troon, relished the challenge of the elements in a round that featured an eagle and three birdies.

"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," he told the European Tour website.

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

Britain's former world number one Luke Donald, who found out on Wednesday that he had secured a spot at Troon, shot a solid 71 to lie two shots behind the leaders.

Five-times major winner Phil Mickelson of the United States, a regular visitor to the Scottish Open, struggled to a 76.

Scores

1 SWE Alexander Noren -14 - Par 70 66 68 70 274
2 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -13 - Par 70 70 66 69 275
T3 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -12 - Par 74 70 66 66 276
T3 NZL Danny Lee -12 - Par 71 66 70 69 276
T3 ITA Matteo Manassero -12 - Par 71 67 68 70 276
T6 SCO Richie Ramsay -11 - Par 72 68 70 67 277
T6 ENG Andrew Sullivan -11 - Par 70 70 68 69 277
T8 ESP Jorge Campillo -10 - Par 72 66 72 68 278
T8 ENG Callum Shinkwin -10 - Par 74 69 70 65 278
T10 SCO Russell Knox -9 - Par 72 70 70 67 279
T10 NIR Graeme McDowell -9 - Par 70 69 69 71 279
T10 USA Patrick Reed -9 - Par 75 70 67 67 279
T13 SCO David Drysdale -7 - Par 72 74 66 69 281
T13 FIN Mikko Ilonen -7 - Par 71 71 71 68 281
T13 GER Martin Kaymer -7 - Par 72 70 68 71 281
T13 THA Prom Meesawat -7 - Par 74 70 70 67 281
T13 USA Phil Mickelson -7 - Par 76 69 70 66 281
T13 ENG Chris Paisley -7 - Par 73 68 69 71 281
T13 SWE Henrik Stenson -7 - Par 76 69 66 70 281
T13 RSA Richard Sterne -7 - Par 71 73 68 69 281
T21 CHI Felipe Aguilar -6 - Par 69 72 72 69 282
T21 ENG Richard Bland -6 - Par 70 68 72 72 282
T21 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -6 - Par 71 73 70 68 282
T21 IRL Padraig Harrington -6 - Par 70 69 72 71 282
T21 DEN Soren Kjeldsen -6 - Par 74 72 66 70 282
T21 USA Steve Stricker -6 - Par 74 71 70 67 282
T21 RSA Justin Walters -6 - Par 72 70 65 75 282
T21 FRA Romain Wattel -6 - Par 73 71 65 73 282
T29 SWE Magnus A Carlsson -5 - Par 72 71 69 71 283
T29 WAL Bradley Dredge -5 - Par 71 72 68 72 283
T29 POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia -5 - Par 72 69 69 73 283
T29 RSA Branden Grace -5 - Par 71 67 74 71 283
T29 BEL Thomas Pieters -5 - Par 73 70 71 69 283
T34 ITA Nino Bertasio -4 - Par 72 72 72 68 284
T34 ESP Nacho Elvira -4 - Par 72 70 70 72 284
T34 ENG Matt Ford -4 - Par 74 71 70 69 284
T34 FRA Julien Quesne -4 - Par 73 72 69 70 284
T34 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti -4 - Par 77 67 67 73 284
T39 AUS Andrew Dodt -3 - Par 72 74 72 67 285
T39 SWE Niclas Fasth -3 - Par 72 71 68 74 285
T39 ENG Ross Fisher -3 - Par 76 70 69 70 285
T39 FRA Raphael Jacquelin -3 - Par 73 71 70 71 285
T39 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -3 - Par 74 69 70 72 285
T39 ENG Anthony Wall -3 - Par 75 69 71 70 285
T45 ESP Alejandro Canizares -2 - Par 74 66 71 75 286
T45 SCO Jack Doherty -2 - Par 72 73 69 72 286
T45 ENG Luke Donald -2 - Par 71 72 69 74 286
T45 DNK Joachim B Hansen -2 - Par 73 73 69 71 286
T45 AUS Scott Hend -2 - Par 69 73 70 74 286
T45 ENG David Howell -2 - Par 72 72 68 74 286
T45 GER Maximilian Kieffer -2 - Par 75 71 68 72 286
T45 ENG Steve Webster -2 - Par 74 70 68 74 286
T45 CHI Ashun Wu -2 - Par 72 69 73 72 286
T54 SWE Johan Carlsson -1 - Par 75 70 71 71 287
T54 ENG Ryan Evans -1 - Par 73 72 71 71 287
T54 ENG Eddie Pepperell -1 - Par 70 67 76 74 287
T57 ITA Renato Paratore Par - Par 72 74 69 73 288
T57 ENG Oliver Wilson Par - Par 75 70 72 71 288
T59 FRA Gregory Havret 1 - Par 73 71 71 74 289
T59 ENG Robert Rock 1 - Par 72 73 69 75 289
T59 WAL Gareth Wright 1 - Par 74 71 72 72 289
T62 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard 2 - Par 76 69 70 75 290
T62 DEN Thomas Bjorn 2 - Par 73 70 71 76 290
T62 ENG Tommy Fleetwood 2 - Par 74 72 68 76 290
T62 SCO Marc Warren 2 - Par 73 69 75 73 290
T62 KOR Y.E. Yang 2 - Par 70 71 74 75 290
T67 SWE Joakim Lagergren 3 - Par 72 74 71 74 291
T67 ESP Pablo Larrazabal 3 - Par 73 72 75 71 291
T67 ITA Edoardo Molinari 3 - Par 72 73 70 76 291
T70 ENG Chris Hanson 4 - Par 75 70 75 72 292
T70 NIR Michael Hoey 4 - Par 74 72 74 72 292
T70 ENG Lee Slattery 4 - Par 74 70 71 77 292
73 FRA Alexander Levy 5 - Par 71 71 69 82 293
T74 FRA Sebastien Gros 7 - Par 75 71 76 73 295
T74 SCO Jamie McLeary 7 - Par 74 72 74 75 295
76 FRA Benjamin Hebert 8 - Par 75 68 74 79 296
CUT THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat 3 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT FRA Gregory Bourdy 3 - Par 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Ben Evans 3 - Par 75 72 - - 147
CUT ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick 3 - Par 73 74 - - 147
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson 3 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT ENG Andrew Johnston 3 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT FIN Roope Kakko 3 - Par 72 75 - - 147
CUT ENG Simon Khan 3 - Par 73 74 - - 147
CUT FIN Mikko Korhonen 3 - Par 74 73 - - 147
CUT SCO Craig Lee 3 - Par 71 76 - - 147
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 3 - Par 74 73 - - 147
CUT IND Jeev Milkha Singh 3 - Par 72 75 - - 147
CUT ENG Graeme Storm 3 - Par 75 72 - - 147
CUT ESP Borja Virto 3 - Par 80 67 - - 147
CUT SCO Peter Whiteford 3 - Par 76 71 - - 147
CUT ENG Gary Boyd 4 - Par 77 71 - - 148
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie 4 - Par 79 69 - - 148
CUT IRL Paul Dunne 4 - Par 78 70 - - 148
CUT ENG David Horsey 4 - Par 77 71 - - 148
CUT USA Daniel Im 4 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT THA Thongchai Jaidee 4 - Par 77 71 - - 148
CUT ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez 4 - Par 78 70 - - 148
CUT CHN Hao-Tong Li 4 - Par 77 71 - - 148
CUT FRA Thomas Linard 4 - Par 76 72 - - 148
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks 5 - Par 78 71 - - 149
CUT IND S.S.P Chawurasia 5 - Par 78 71 - - 149
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher 5 - Par 75 74 - - 149
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen 5 - Par 76 73 - - 149
CUT ENG Richard McEvoy 5 - Par 76 73 - - 149
CUT SCO Colin Montgomerie 5 - Par 78 71 - - 149
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 5 - Par 75 74 - - 149
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 5 - Par 73 76 - - 149
CUT SWE Johan Edfors 6 - Par 77 73 - - 150
CUT SCO Jimmy Gunn 6 - Par 77 73 - - 150
CUT KOR Soomin Lee 6 - Par 74 76 - - 150
CUT USA Jamie Lovemark 6 - Par 82 68 - - 150
CUT IRL Shane Lowry 6 - Par 77 73 - - 150
CUT NED Joost Luiten 6 - Par 76 74 - - 150
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen 6 - Par 76 74 - - 150
CUT WAL Stuart Manley 6 - Par 75 75 - - 150
CUT ENG Matthew Baldwin 7 - Par 80 71 - - 151
CUT WAL Rhys Davies 7 - Par 78 73 - - 151
CUT SWE Jens Fahbring 7 - Par 78 73 - - 151
CUT SCO Sandy Lyle 7 - Par 78 73 - - 151
CUT ENG Ross McGowan 7 - Par 79 72 - - 151
CUT ENG James Morrison 7 - Par 76 75 - - 151
CUT RSA Albert Venter 7 - Par 78 73 - - 151
CUT KOR Jeung-hun Wang 7 - Par 78 73 - - 151
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 8 - Par 77 75 - - 152
CUT FRA Clement Berardo 8 - Par 79 73 - - 152
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 8 - Par 80 72 - - 152
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 8 - Par 80 72 - - 152
CUT USA David Lipsky 8 - Par 74 78 - - 152
CUT SCO Kris Nicol 8 - Par 79 73 - - 152
CUT DEN Thorbjorn Olesen 8 - Par 78 74 - - 152
CUT ENG John Parry 8 - Par 78 74 - - 152
CUT RSA George Coetzee 9 - Par 79 74 - - 153
CUT IRL Paul McGinley 9 - Par 77 76 - - 153
CUT FRA Gary Stal 9 - Par 81 72 - - 153
CUT ENG David Dixon 10 - Par 79 75 - - 154
CUT SCO Alastair Forsyth 10 - Par 83 71 - - 154
CUT AUS Richard Green 10 - Par 78 76 - - 154
CUT SWE Peter Hanson 10 - Par 79 75 - - 154
CUT USA JB Holmes 10 - Par 80 74 - - 154
CUT IND Shiv Kapur 10 - Par 78 76 - - 154
CUT SCO Paul Lawrie 10 - Par 81 73 - - 154
CUT SWE David Lingmerth 10 - Par 82 72 - - 154
CUT SCO Andrew McArthur 10 - Par 80 74 - - 154
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener 10 - Par 80 74 - - 154
CUT SWE Jeff Winther 10 - Par 81 73 - - 154
CUT WAL Jamie Donaldson 11 - Par 80 75 - - 155
CUT AUS Nathan Holman 11 - Par 78 77 - - 155
CUT SWE Robert Karlsson 12 - Par 84 72 - - 156
CUT AUS Brett Rumford 16 - Par 83 77 - - 160
CUT KOR Jin Jeong 25 - Par 88 81 - - 169
RET RSA Darren Fichardt 8 - Par 80 - - - 80
RET GER Marcel Siem 8 - Par 80 - - - 80
RET ESP Eduardo De La Riva 9 - Par 81 - - - 81
RET FRA Edouard Espana 5 - Par - - - - 0
RET RSA Trevor Fisher Jr. 12 - Par 80 - - - 80

 





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