Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open R4

Rai wins maiden Rolex Series title after play-off in Scotland

October 01-04
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Scottish Open 2020 R4 - Rai wins maiden Rolex Series title after play-off in Scotland
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Aaron Rai defeated Tommy Fleetwood in a play-off to win his first Rolex Series title at the 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.


“It’s incredible. I played a lot in Scotland growing up, dreamed of playing in a European Tour event in Scotland. To be able to play in it was incredible a couple of years ago and to be able to go still further is an incredible feeling.

“I didn’t really see many leaderboards all the way around. I knew we had to play well and knew we had to cope pushing forwards but luckily I had a good couple of breaks and also played very well, so I’m very pleased.”



“It’s a dream come true. If I’m honest, to win any event on the European Tour is amazing. You have to play some world-class golf, but for it to be a Rolex Series with the class of field that was this week is deeply satisfying, and yeah, incredibly pleased.”

The Englishman signed for a wonderful 64 to set the target at 11 under par but countryman Fleetwood holed a 20 foot putt on the last for a closing birdie to take it to extra holes at The Renaissance Club.


It was advantage Fleetwood off the tee as Rai found a bunker but the 25-year-old rescued his par and when Fleetwood three putted from just off the green, Rai had his second European Tour title.

“I hit a poor putt and that’s the end of it, really,” said Fleetwood. “Aaron played 72 holes very, very good, and it was Aaron’s time and Aaron’s week. Congratulations to him.

“Obviously, I’d have loved it to have been me, but overall looking back at the week, there’s so many putts that probably cost me being further in the tournament but that’s golf. There’s a lot of asset in the game that you have to do well to win, and you know, yeah, one putt on 18 on the 72nd hole, putting cost me at the end. But that’s life and try again next week.



“I played really, really good, especially the back nine today, felt really in control of my game, and you know, end of the day, finish second — nobody beat me over 72 holes and like I say, it was Aaron’s time and that’s how it goes.”

Rai’s victory comes after he finished second at last week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and moves him into the top five on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, and the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

“The Race to Dubai wasn’t something I was thinking of, or certainly winning it wasn’t something I was thinking of before this week.

“Any time you’re up there in the Race to Dubai, whether it’s winning it, whether it’s in the top three, top five, it shows a great degree of consistency with some really top results, as well. So still a long way to go in the season but it’s a great spot to be in.”



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England’s Robert Rock missed out on a place in the play-off by one shot after a bogey on the last in a round of 70, with Australian Lucas Herbert and home favourite Marc Warren at nine under after rounds of 65 and 66.

Warren bogeyed the last to slip to nine under, a shot clear of Swede Marcus Kinhult, England’s Ian Poulter and South African Erik van Rooyen, with Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington, English pair Eddie Pepperell and Matthew Southgate, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Finn Kalle Samooja at seven under.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Aaron Rai
-11
70
69
70
64
273
2
Tommy Fleetwood
-11
69
68
69
67
273
3
Robert Rock
-10
65
67
72
70
274
T4
Lucas Herbert
-9
66
65
79
65
275
T4
Marc Warren
-9
70
69
70
66
275
T6
Marcus Kinhult
-8
66
69
71
70
276
T6
Ian Poulter
-8
67
66
73
70
276
T6
Erik van Rooyen
-8
71
69
71
65
276
T9
Victor Dubuisson
-7
73
68
67
69
277
T9
Padraig Harrington
-7
71
70
69
67
277
T9
Eddie Pepperell
-7
68
70
71
68
277
T9
Kalle Samooja
-7
65
70
74
68
277
T9
Matthew Southgate
-7
68
71
71
67
277
T14
David Horsey
-6
70
67
72
69
278
T14
Haotong Li
-6
68
70
74
66
278
T14
Robert MacIntyre
-6
74
67
68
69
278
T14
Victor Perez
-6
69
69
74
66
278
T14
Jeung-Hun Wang
-6
73
68
70
67
278
T19
Alexander Björk
-5
63
75
72
69
279
T19
Grant Forrest
-5
71
66
72
70
279
T19
Benjamin Hebert
-5
70
70
69
70
279
T19
Joost Luiten
-5
63
72
76
68
279
T19
Wade Ormsby
-5
66
70
70
73
279
T19
Brandon Stone
-5
69
70
70
70
279
T19
Lee Westwood
-5
62
71
76
70
279
T26
Adri Arnaus
-4
75
66
67
72
280
T26
Garrick Higgo
-4
72
67
72
69
280
T26
Shubhankar Sharma
-4
70
67
76
67
280
T26
Andy Sullivan
-4
67
72
69
72
280
T30
Nicolas Colsaerts
-3
68
70
72
71
281
T30
Thomas Detry
-3
71
69
77
64
281
T30
Ewen Ferguson
-3
69
70
73
69
281
T30
Callum Shinkwin
-3
69
70
70
72
281
T30
Matt Wallace
-3
70
71
72
68
281
T30
Min Woo Lee
-3
66
74
72
69
281
T36
Maverick Antcliff
-2
69
70
75
68
282
T36
Sean Crocker
-2
73
68
70
71
282
T36
Scott Jamieson
-2
64
73
73
72
282
T36
Jordan Smith
-2
70
70
72
70
282
T36
Julian Suri
-2
70
70
72
70
282
T36
Jeff Winther
-2
71
69
69
73
282
T42
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-1
69
72
72
70
283
T42
Gavin Kyle Green
-1
70
71
67
75
283
T42
Francesco Laporta
-1
71
70
70
72
283
T42
Craig Lee
-1
65
71
76
71
283
T42
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-1
68
66
76
73
283
T42
Adrian Otaegui
-1
71
70
73
69
283
T48
Jorge Campillo
E
71
67
75
71
284
T48
Rasmus Højgaard
E
68
70
73
73
284
T48
Mikko Korhonen
E
68
70
72
74
284
T48
Connor Syme
E
70
69
71
74
284
T48
Bernd Wiesberger
E
70
69
77
68
284
T48
Ashun Wu
E
70
70
77
67
284
T48
Fabrizio Zanotti
E
69
67
75
73
284
55
Matthieu Pavon
1
68
72
74
71
285
T56
David Howell
2
72
67
74
73
286
T56
Masahiro Kawamura
2
69
69
77
71
286
T56
Edoardo Molinari
2
74
67
72
73
286
T59
George Coetzee
3
71
69
75
72
287
T59
Scott Hend
3
71
70
77
69
287
T59
Pablo Larrazabal
3
72
64
76
75
287
62
James Morrison
4
72
67
74
75
288
T63
Calum Hill
5
71
70
73
75
289
T63
Joakim Lagergren
5
68
72
75
74
289
T63
Sami Välimäki
5
68
69
78
74
289
66
Chris Wood
8
69
71
79
73
292
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
40
111
WD
Paul Waring
3
74
74