Jeev shoots five-under to end 42nd

Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 16:48

Inverness (Scotland): Jeev Milkha Singh shot six birdies and just one bogey in his third and final round of the truncated Barclays Scottish Open on Sunday and yet finished tied 42nd at nine-under for the week.

The other two Indians Shiv Kapur ended with a total of 142 (70, 72) and SSP Chowrasia retired before the end of the second round.

In a tournament, where rains forced a shortened version of three rounds, Luke Donald won the Barclays Scottish Open for his third title of the year.

The World No 1, who won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play in February then added The European Tour`s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in May, shot a brilliant and bogeyfree 63 to finish at 19 under par at the spectacular Castle Stuart Golf Links.

He won by four shots from Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed, who signed for a best of the week 62.

Donald, wearing tartan trousers, shot the lowest round of his European Tour career in the land of his father. It was his second successive triumph in Europe and now he will try to put the icing on the cake - at Sandwich - by capturing his first Major title at The Open Championship next Sunday.

He holed the putts when he needed to and holed a bunch of 20, 25 footers out there on Sunday.

After Saturday`s wash-out cut the tournament from 72 to 54 holes, Donald first of all had to play half of his second round starting at 7 am and did that in three under-par to close the gap on the leaders from four to one.

Then he went out again after lunch and dominated the field with a total of 197. With Lee Westwood coming joint 14th Donald also stretched his lead at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Runner-up Andersson Hed burst out of the pack with a best-of-the-week 62, while in a seven-way tie for third Scotland`s European Tour rookie Scott Jamieson was the happiest man.

That was because a ten foot birdie putt on the last gave him the one Open Championship spot on offer. Chile`s Mark Tullo, South African George Coetzee, Argentina`s Angel Cabrera, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Italian Lorenzo Gagli were the others to finish 14 under.

There were four leaders with a round to go - Jamieson, compatriot Peter Whiteford, Swede Peter Hanson and Northern Ireland`s Graeme McDowell. Jamieson was the only one to break 70.

Whiteford fell away with a 73 and McDowell was one worse than that after putting two balls in the gorse on the long 12th and running up a quadruple bogey.

Until then he had hopes of catching Donald. He finished eight behind him and 42nd.

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 16:48

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