Thursday, July 14, 2016

Alex Noren wins Scottish Open as Mickelson finishes strongly

AAM Scottish Open - Day Four

A couple hundred miles from where the Claret Jug will be awarded a week from now, Alex Noren put the finishing touches on a great tune-up for the year’s third major championship.

Noren won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Sunday at Castle Stuart in the northern city of Inverness by two shots. His 14-under 274 total was good enough for a one-shot win over Tyrrell Hatton of England.

“This is by far the biggest win,” said Noren, who notched his fifth European Tour win. “The amount of players that are here and on a course like this in Scotland; it’s only what I dreamed of growing up.”

After a bogey on the eighth hole undid Noren’s third birdie of the week on the par-5 second, the Swede played flawless golf into the house, making a pair of birdies that locked up the title. Hatton applied a small bit of pressure on the final putt, preceding it with a birdie to take solo second, but Noren calmly made the winning putt for par on the 585-yard finishing hole.

Nicolas Colsaerts, Matteo Manassero and Danny Lee finished tied for third at 12 under par. Lee was a late entrant into the event, joining the field when flooding in West Virginia led to the cancellation of his title defense at the PGA Tour’s The Greenbrier Classic.

Hatton, Manassero and Colsaerts were among the four players to earn spots in the Open Championship with their top-12 finish. Richie Ramsay, who was the best-finishing Scottish player, got into the Open as well with a T-6 finish.

As for the American contingent, Patrick Reed was the top finisher, coming in a tie for 10th, while Phil Mickelson closed with 6-under 66 to jump into a tie for 13th place with a 7-under total.

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