British Open 2017: Australian Andrew Dodt secures last available place


British Open 2017: Australian Andrew Dodt secures last available place

Rafa Cabrera Bello made it back-to-back Spanish victories on the European Tour, after Jon Rahm won last week Portstewart, in brilliantly birding the first extra play-off hole to win the Scottish Open.

Matt Kuchar of the United States plays his second shot at the 5th hole during day three of the Scottish Open golf tournament at Dundonald Links, Troon, Scotland, Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Shinkwin's approach had finished in an nearly identical place as it had on the 72nd hole and after pitching over a bunker to 2.1 metres, the 24-year-old again hit a tentative putt which came up short.

Shinkwin again hit a nervy putt and it was the Spaniard who claimed the title after earlier setting a new course record at Dundonald Links with a 64. There were no bogeys as he thrashed back-to-back birdies at first 2 and 3, then 8 and 9, then finally 17 and 18, with two more at 12 and 14. "I was just happy to see it somewhere near the green, it dropped in and it limits the damage".

"Obviously extremely happy. I had won before and I'd been up there so many times". I can work a lot on the putting and do a little bit better next week.

"I was really poor on the greens today", he explained. "Everything turned out the be fantastic". "I think that was a valuable experience, precious experience for me".

"Plan B. I try to hit the ball closer to the holes so I don't need to worry about making the putts. I mean, in the play-off, I really gave it a go and extremely pleased it worked out for me".

"I think starting with the right frame of mind, you know it's going to be a tough day, but everyone else is going to have just as tough a day as you are".

It was still a great result for Dodt as he secured a start at the British Open and moved up to 20th on the European Tour's Race to Dubai standings.

And even before the trophies are hoisted, our attention is turning to Royal Birkdale and The Open Championship.

Australian Andrew Dodt, who was planning to travel with his wife to NY on Monday for a five-day holiday, secured the final British Open place and his maiden appearance in a major by carding a final-round 73 to end in a five-way share of fourth at eight under.

"It was a job just to hold the umbrella", said Poulter, who is hitting top form a week before playing the British Open at Royal Birkdale, where he was tied for second the last time it was staged there in 2008.

Dodt said "I found myself being really mentally worn out".

"I kind of knew I had to hole that".

"I feel that I played some of the best golf of my life today".