Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open R2

Herbert shines on Scotland’s Golf Coast

October 01-04
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Scottish Open 2020 R2 - Herbert shines on Scotland’s Golf Coast
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Lucas Herbert made the most of favourable conditions to take a one shot lead into the weekend at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.


“I’m pretty happy. To be honest I turned up here on Wednesday and hit it all over the place. Sort of not really expecting too much the last few days, but it’s kind of all come together nicely.

“Links golf is a lot of fun and it’s definitely a different challenge from probably what we play most of the year. It takes some imagination and I feel like I’ve got a fair bit of that, so it’s good fun. You come back here every year and you kind of learn new things and add to your knowledge about the golf course, things that you just don’t spot the first time around, so the more times you can play it the better.



The Australian added a second round of 65 to his opening 66 at The Renaissance Club to top the leaderboard at 11 under par as he goes in search of a second European Tour title in 2020 following his victory in Dubai in January.

“A second victory would be great at the moment, but yeah, Rolex Series would be pretty cool. I would like to look at Johnny walking around with a gold caddie bib on, so that’s definitely something that I’d like to do. Really haven’t played that well in the Rolex Series so far in my career, so it would be a good step forward this week to put in a good result, whether it’s a win or whether it’s a top 10 or a top 20. I think that would be a good step forward.”


Englishman Robert Rock sits one shot off the pace, with his countrymen Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter and two-time Rolex Series winner Lee Westwood forming the chasing pack.

“Yeah, to finish at 4-under, I’m quite happy with that,” said Rock. “I kept plodding along, and thankfully with no bogeys, you pick them up every now and again and it adds up to a decent score, doesn’t it. I hit a couple iron shots close. I didn’t really hole many putts, but yeah, an easier day.

“I’ve generally got three good rounds in me at a tournament, but it’s four that’s a problem. We’ll see. We’ll see. I ruined a tournament last week. No expectation.

“I’m relaxed. As I said yesterday, I just try to enjoy the tournaments that I have left. I might not be playing many more Scottish Opens or Irish Opens, so I’m determined to enjoy them at least.”



Poulter carded 66 on Friday to move to nine under par alongside his playing partner and overnight leader Westwood, who followed Thursday’s brilliant 62 with a 71.

“I was actually pleased,” said Westwood. “I felt like I didn’t have much go my way. Missed a couple of short ones early on 11 and 12, hit it in the bunker on 16, which was the only place you couldn’t go, made six in the end. Ran a lot of putts close. And when I did hit it slightly off-line, instead of finishing just in the semi, it would finish in the thickest possible clump I could find.

“Pleased that I stuck with my game plan, and 71 feels like an all right score. They toughened the course up. They put the flags on the side of hills. The pin positions were noticeably tougher, so I can only apologise to everybody for shooting 63 yesterday.”

Major winner and Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie hit the final shot of his storied European Tour career on home soil today in his 620th, and final, appearance.

The 51-year-old has been one of Europe’s most recognisable figures for close to three decades in a playing career that saw him become a champion on eight occasions – including the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie – as well as representing Europe twice in The Ryder Cup.

“I would say that I’ve obviously been fortunate enough to have been a decent player, to have won a few, and every win is special because I never thought I’d win any to be honest. Never thought I would play in any, never mind win any.



“The Open was out of this world and to have your name on that is unbelievable. So been a great time. Had a blast. But today shows exactly why I’m doing what I’m doing. I can’t play at this level, when my back’s terrible, my left foot’s been sore this last couple of days which it hasn’t been sore.

“I don’t want to play in tournaments and just making up the numbers. That’s not what I’m about. If I’m stopping a young boy of coming in and having a game, having a career, I don’t want that. There’s no chance I can win tournaments at this level.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Lucas Herbert
-11
66
65
131
2
Robert Rock
-10
65
67
132
T3
Ian Poulter
-9
67
66
133
T3
Lee Westwood
-9
62
71
133
5
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-8
68
66
134
T6
Marcus Kinhult
-7
66
69
135
T6
Joost Luiten
-7
63
72
135
T6
Kalle Samooja
-7
65
70
135
T9
Pablo Larrazabal
-6
72
64
136
T9
Craig Lee
-6
65
71
136
T9
Wade Ormsby
-6
66
70
136
T9
Fabrizio Zanotti
-6
69
67
136
T13
Tommy Fleetwood
-5
69
68
137
T13
Grant Forrest
-5
71
66
137
T13
David Horsey
-5
70
67
137
T13
Scott Jamieson
-5
64
73
137
T13
Shubhankar Sharma
-5
70
67
137
T13
Sami Välimäki
-5
68
69
137
T19
Alexander Björk
-4
63
75
138
T19
Jorge Campillo
-4
71
67
138
T19
Nicolas Colsaerts
-4
68
70
138
T19
Rasmus Højgaard
-4
68
70
138
T19
Masahiro Kawamura
-4
69
69
138
T19
Mikko Korhonen
-4
68
70
138
T19
Haotong Li
-4
68
70
138
T19
Eddie Pepperell
-4
68
70
138
T19
Victor Perez
-4
69
69
138
T28
Maverick Antcliff
-3
69
70
139
T28
Ewen Ferguson
-3
69
70
139
T28
Garrick Higgo
-3
72
67
139
T28
David Howell
-3
72
67
139
T28
James Morrison
-3
72
67
139
T28
Aaron Rai
-3
70
69
139
T28
Callum Shinkwin
-3
69
70
139
T28
Matthew Southgate
-3
68
71
139
T28
Brandon Stone
-3
69
70
139
T28
Andy Sullivan
-3
67
72
139
T28
Connor Syme
-3
70
69
139
T28
Marc Warren
-3
70
69
139
T28
Bernd Wiesberger
-3
70
69
139
T41
George Coetzee
-2
71
69
140
T41
Thomas Detry
-2
71
69
140
T41
Benjamin Hebert
-2
70
70
140
T41
Joakim Lagergren
-2
68
72
140
T41
Matthieu Pavon
-2
68
72
140
T41
Jordan Smith
-2
70
70
140
T41
Julian Suri
-2
70
70
140
T41
Jeff Winther
-2
71
69
140
T41
Min Woo Lee
-2
66
74
140
T41
Chris Wood
-2
69
71
140
T41
Ashun Wu
-2
70
70
140
T41
Erik van Rooyen
-2
71
69
140
T53
Adri Arnaus
-1
75
66
141
T53
Sean Crocker
-1
73
68
141
T53
Victor Dubuisson
-1
73
68
141
T53
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-1
69
72
141
T53
Gavin Kyle Green
-1
70
71
141
T53
Padraig Harrington
-1
71
70
141
T53
Scott Hend
-1
71
70
141
T53
Calum Hill
-1
71
70
141
T53
Francesco Laporta
-1
71
70
141
T53
Robert MacIntyre
-1
74
67
141
T53
Edoardo Molinari
-1
74
67
141
T53
Adrian Otaegui
-1
71
70
141
T53
Matt Wallace
-1
70
71
141
T53
Jeung-Hun Wang
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Thomas Aiken
E
72
70
142
CUT
Steven Brown
E
72
70
142
CUT
Dean Burmester
E
71
71
142
CUT
Justin Harding
E
73
69
142
CUT
Sam Horsfield
E
76
66
142
CUT
Martin Kaymer
E
72
70
142
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
E
72
70
142
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
E
70
72
142
CUT
Ryan Fox
1
69
74
143
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
1
71
72
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
1
74
69
143
CUT
David Law
1
69
74
143
CUT
Graeme McDowell
1
69
74
143
CUT
Richard McEvoy
1
70
73
143
CUT
Shaun Norris
1
71
72
143
CUT
Thomas Pieters
1
71
72
143
CUT
Haydn Porteous
1
73
70
143
CUT
Joël Stalter
1
72
71
143
CUT
Danny Willett
1
74
69
143
CUT
John Catlin
2
72
72
144
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
2
73
71
144
CUT
Peter Hanson
2
69
75
144
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
2
70
74
144
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
2
72
72
144
CUT
Paul O’Hara
2
75
69
144
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
2
71
73
144
CUT
Oliver Wilson
2
77
67
144
CUT
Nino Bertasio
3
75
70
145
CUT
Richard Bland
3
74
71
145
CUT
Ashley Chesters
3
73
72
145
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
3
72
73
145
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
3
75
70
145
CUT
Julien Guerrier
3
73
72
145
CUT
Chris Paisley
3
72
73
145
CUT
Renato Paratore
3
74
71
145
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
4
70
76
146
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
4
73
73
146
CUT
David Drysdale
4
76
70
146
CUT
Ross Fisher
4
73
73
146
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
4
76
70
146
CUT
Graeme Storm
4
74
72
146
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
5
69
78
147
CUT
Michael Campbell
5
73
74
147
CUT
Neil Fenwick
5
80
67
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
5
72
75
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
5
73
74
147
CUT
Justin Walters
6
75
73
148
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
8
77
73
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
8
75
75
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
9
77
74
151
CUT
Richie Ramsay
9
80
71
151
CUT
Laurie Canter
10
76
76
152
CUT
Romain Langasque
10
79
73
152
CUT
Paul Lawrie
10
73
79
152
CUT
Alexander Levy
10
80
72
152
CUT
Thomas Bjørn
11
77
76
153
CUT
Miguel Angel Jiménez
12
78
76
154
CUT
Andrea Pavan
15
81
76
157
WD
Andrew Johnston
5
71
71
WD
Paul Waring
3
74
74