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Parade. It is the final day of competition
at Dundonald. And we have blue skies in Ayrshire. It was more survival
Saturday yesterday in howling wind and rain at the Scottish Open, but
despite the conditions, we saw some pretty impressive golf and, as a
result, we have 16 players separated by just four shots going into the
final day, and this is what they are playing for, and this is how they
stand heading into today's play. England's Ian Poulter in search of
his first European Tour win in five years. Sharing the lead with Callum
Shinkwin and Andrew Dodt. They know that a big finish today could secure
their place at next week's Open Championship. Andy Sullivan is right
in contention. There are sure to be a few Browns around the course.
Andrew Johnson is It is all going to be about golf
management today. Go aggressive at the right time, and a low score is
certainly possible. Rafa Cabrera-Bello has back-to-back
birdies on two and free. Matt Kuchar stalled yesterday, but
he is moving in the right direction today. This approach setting up
birdie on the third to take him to 6-under. And this is Beef making
birdies already. And how does that leave things? Three tied at the top.
But they are lining up behind. Nicolas Colsaerts looking likely to
set the clubhouse target. And Rickie Fowler in red figures for the day.
Let's get out with the commentary team.
On the tee from England, Ian Poulter.
APPLAUSE A win today would get him back into
the top 50 in the world rankings, which seemed a remote possibility
only three months ago. A strong left crosswind at the 1st. Ten months off
after foot surgery last year, so very much a comeback.
That is OK. On the tee from Australia, Andrew Dodt.
The two time winner on the European Tour. Quite a mechanical looking
player, but, technically, not a whole heap to go wrong and he played
well yesterday. A round of 71 in that wind was pretty impressive.
Sliding away too far right. All 66 players have started. Some of them
have finished. The final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management
Scottish Open in the sunshine, I am delighted to say, of the Dundonald
Links in Scotland. A little bit of work to do for a
bogey, for Sullivan. He tugged it a bit. A lot of
runaways off the greens. Andrew Dodt has a good Larroyer. The ball is
sitting a little too high off the ground and above his feet -- he has
a good lie. He has 165 and this could be a flyer. It could be tough
to judge the distance. It sounded a clean enough strike. He played a
marvellous shot. That is awesome, as good as we have seen their today.
Carlson. This for par. Ian Poulter has to go up a huge bank. Probably a
60 degrees bank. He has the putter out. This is likely to go well past
the hole. It was just a terrible miss from the fairway.
Matthieu Pavon, this is to get to 8-under. And nicely done.
This is downwind. It should have left to right to it but it is a
fairly flat part of the green. I would not play a lot of break. A
touch more, he would have made it. Playing into the wind. What a
cracking shot. Big eagle opportunity. That was a little
unlucky. Great birdie for Andrew Dodt, who
moves into the lead on his own. Good round of 71 yesterday with a birdie
on the last. Soren Kjeldsen needs to get within three. A great putt.
Really well done. Andrew Dodt from Australia looking
for his third European Tour win holes a one shot lead over Callum
Shinkwin, who is looking for his first. A lot of good scoring today.
With an iron shot of such quality, he deserves an eagle. Go! Just a
fraction more would have held it on the line. Still, an excellent
birdie. Looking dangerous. Underneath the
bridge. That is a bad break. That is a bogey for Graeme McDowell.
It just seemed to be backing up from the moment he struck the ball.
You have to take it on. You cannot lay up when everybody can get it on
in two. Oh. Lucky, lucky Jim. One guy is
unplayable and the other guy is perfect. Ryan Fox left one in the
bunker so this is a putt for bogey. Good putt. A good save in the end.
Andrew Dodt is dropping the ball essentially equity distant to where
it came to rest. I am not sure if that is where it hit the hazards.
Just short of the bridge. I thought it might have run up to the
finishing position. It just slipped in. I think he takes it right at the
flag. If he pulls it left, it runs up the green.
It is soft right in front of the green, but every chance of getting
up and down for his par. Callum Shinkwin. Birdie putt at four. We
are told it was a six iron. Three there is always a good score
at the 4th. A very good approach. Well done. To
salvage par. 405 yards. The hole eight paces in
today. Terrific. He could have been so good on this front nine. Ryan Fox
at six playing three of the tee, at least provisionally. The first found
the middle of the course. Can you believe that? I do not think I have
seen that before. Holing out with a provisional ball. It is not
provisional any more. Don't go looking for the other ball! How good
is that? This is a slow putt up the hill,
especially the first third, breaking left-to-right.
Good putt. Andrew Dodt. The 31-year-old from Queens land. Now
leading by two. Oh!. Not the start pool to wanted.
Birdie at the 1st, he got his birdie at the par-5 3rd. This for a bogey
at four. So Paul drops back into a group of five players now at
8-under, three behind Andrew Dodt -- Poulter drops back. Another fine
iron shot, this form birdie and a half, with beef. Yes, well done.
Took us a while to find Andrew Dodt's ball, it's since a long
rough. Had to really chopped down and make contact, he's on a big
upslope into the wind. He'll be lucky to get this more than 130-140
yards. Just barely got it back out the fairway. I'd be happy with that.
He was lucky to find it. You'll Babin Andrew Dodt leads by two from
Cabrera-Bello and Callum Shinkwin. An uphill right to left for the
birdie. Didn't want to come. Very difficult
fifth green. Lots of undulations. This was a putt for par for the
leader. So first bogey on the card for the Aussie and his leaders back,
to just one. Birdie putt to get 8-under. Well, it
is very bunched, isn't it? There is any number of 14 players could still
win, with a bit of a run. I good birdie from Ryan Fox. Moves
to 8-under, two back. Shinkwin, for his first birdie of the day. Get
himself to 10-under and a tie for the lead. There's the leaderboard
final round of the Aberdeen asset final-round -- of the Aberdeen asset
Scottish Open. Callum Shinkwin and Andrew Dodt leading from
Cabrera-Bello by one. Shinkwin in a great position to attack. The pin at
the front. Not too much spin on it, with a bunker at the front. It's
just playing darts, isn't it. The golf course has been softened by the
reins. This is Matthieu Pavon, the young Frenchman.
Lying exactly 100th in the race to Dubai, it's the bottom place that
will retain the card for next year. Callum Shinkwin, birdie to go to
11-under and he now leads the Championship, by one, from Andrew
Dodt. Wrapping up for par. Big lipped out. It's a tough break for
the young German. No danger today of Shinkwin running
out of fairway, the wind more left than behind on the ninth where it
has been. Moving left to right. A glorious drive. He's finding his
feet here. I was unimpressed early on, he was attacking a bit too much.
Cabrera-Bello, snagged up in a bit of rough. But no problem. Makes no
difference to him, does it? The swings early on looked tight and
quick. He's the only player amongst the leaders not yet to have dropped
a shot. Is quite a gold way of playing it, because you can't go for
the back here using this downslope at the back of the green.
Cabrera-Bello looking for another birdie. He is on the 12th. What a
great effort. Look out, here we come. Mr tee on the front line but
coming back very nicely now. Just one back from Shinkwin. That's a
simple tap in, very slightly right of centre I'd say, to get to 12 and
a. An old head on young shoulders, he doesn't look fazed at all by
being at the top of the leaderboard. The 24-year-old just knocking in a
third birdie already today, and he is on course for a maiden European
Tour title, not to mention a place at Royal Birkdale next week, and a
very healthy prize fund. He did say this week could be life changing.
Keep playing like this on the back nine and it just might be. Padraig
Harrington is putting a lovely round together after the rather tough day
yesterday. He's played quite beautifully. Another lovely shot
from him. That will be for a 66, that would move him to tied fourth,
at eight, so finishing on a much higher note than yesterday, Padraig.
Dropped one a couple of holes ago. He is steadied the ship with a
couple of pars. Back towards Shinkwin.
Yes, well done. You hate to see putts, well-deserved, well played.
Sharon is a lot of stuff this afternoon. Good man. Let's get back
to Harrington. 67 and 68, the wind and rain got him yesterday. Just a
tiddler on the first green, took 79, and he's come back with a fantastic
round of 66. There we are. 138 window, straight across from the
left, this is a flight or lie. It's going to be a tough one to keep on
the green, I would think. Not for him. Beautiful shot.
OK, Cabrera Bello hasn't got the shot yet today. A couple behind the
leader. Well done, because he missed a few going out and that was nicely
holed, and he's really putting together a very special round.
I think this one just needs to be left edge. It's where you hit it and
didn't turn. A very good try. I think the reason it feels a bit
chilly is because the leaders teed off at 335. Poulter to save par.
This will just give him a little bit of a sudden adrenaline boost --
adrenaline boost or something, because he's not firing right now.
APPLAUSE That was a very good four in the
end, the chip inside, a marvellous pitch. He still thinks he can do it.
Is a big electronic leaderboard just the left of the 11so Shinkwin can
make note of the position. He knows he's in front on his own, so added
pressures there. As Mark said, he's played a very sensible shot here,
given himself a chance of a birdie. There's a little bit of right to
left to start with but that may not have much impact when it's left to
right. I've never seen so many double breakers on a course as this
one. Again, he's left a lot of putts just that little bit short. Just
hasn't quite, otherwise he'd have been a good deal better than he is
and he's leading the pack. The actual landing area is over a
hill and to one side of the players, but they have a pretty good line
with fairway that they can see before it goes over the hill.
He threw that so high, right off the clubface. It moves a little from
right to left. That's in the bunker. That will almost certainly be just a
little flip out. Another excellent effort.
APPLAUSE Fox ahead at the 12 for a birdie.
This would get him out of the big tie for fourth, and yes, into force,
on his own. He moves to 9-under. -- into fourth place.
He's done really well. It looks like he's going to salvage par. Well
done, Andrew. That's brilliant stuff.
At last. At last he is but one in. A very interesting step, the first
time in a sweep that it stayed on par. Four and on the back nine.
Birdie putt for Rafah. To get to 11-under and one back. That
scorecard is starting to look a bit tidy. This for his par. This is
going to slide from the right. He's going to have to start with the ball
outside the right edge, unless he's going to hit it in with a lot of
speed. Well, outside right, did you say? Yes, it's outside right, if
you're going to die it in there, almost double. He didn't see that,
that's why I checked with you. It's very difficult to see much of his
birdie putt on the 12th. Maybe a case of a little bit left to right
at the end. Something about this hole, was it
Cabrera-Bello who hit it some one ear? Someone did, but not many. --
who hit it somewhere near. That's more like it! That's as good as
we've seen. Says goodbye to the blues boss, gives new meaning to the
blues boss, the tee there. A good look here from the aircraft circling
the golf course, Andrew Dodt. He's got back to get the shot that he'd
dropped at ten. A bit of work for Shinkwin, this for par, the first
test and he's passed it. From over the back of 13, it didn't
sound like he got all that but he hit it perfectly. Goodness me, look
how quick that is downhill. It's brilliant, isn't it?
And not that firm. 17th, Matthieu Pavon.
Minus nine. Six birdies. Just the one drop shot.
This would get Andrew Dodt within one of Shinkwin, along with
Cabrera-Bello. No problem. These three players at the top are two
clear of Matthieu Pavon and Ryan Fox.
Shinkwin, second shot. Spin. Great shot. He has played so
well today. Very impressive. It is hard to believe he has not done
something else earlier. For par, Cabrera-Bello.
Another one goes in for par. He has certainly got his touch, this back
and nine. Two big ones and a ten footer at 13.
Shinkwin leads, one ahead of Cabrera-Bello. And Andrew Dodt. Look
at the scoring. Brilliant, 66 from Padraig Harrington, moving him up
the field. Mac Kuchar and Andy Sullivan not making a heap of
progress. A few parfum, his second at the 18th. A lot of club. To have
any chance he will need an eagle, which would get him to eat 11-under.
-- Matthieu Pavon. What a beautiful shot. No nerves. He ripped it.
Matthieu Pavon, eagle putt. This to get to 11-under and post a score.
For a round of 6-under, 66 today. A good day at the office and more than
likely a spot in the Open Championship next week. Andrew Dodt
for birdie. 11 holes, 26 putts? That can't be
right, can it? 18, Matthieu Pavon, his first year on Tour. Was 100th on
the list. That will change his life. He will probably get in the Open.
And a decent check for him. That was played with a lot of feel.
He gently slid the club under the ball. It was beautiful.
Could not put it in a better spot. Up the hill for Ian Poulter.
An iron from 250 yards. It shot on and a bit right, but not enough to
get up the bank. Stopping short of the bunker. That is not too bad.
Two putts here would be a good result for Andrew Dodt.
Go, get up the hill. Very slow. It is such a steep tier on the 13th.
He has swung the club beautifully all afternoon, Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
He had three opportunities the front nine. He has started to make putts.
Big putt for Andrew Dodt, who has played well, but just beginning to
wobble with two bogeys in the last three. He has not hit it. Just
tightening up a little bit. Three bogeys in four holes. Now four
behind Callum Shinkwin. Ian Poulter's chances are beginning
to slip away. He has to hole this. And he does. 9-under, five to play.
Four behind Shinkwin. Positive stroke. Just slipping by,
but a good effort. A pity the chip just got away from him. We should
not get ahead of ourselves and I hope he is not, but if he wins, he
will earn more than double his career earnings so far. In one week.
The 17th, Rafa, glorious second shot.
Yes. Marvellous. He has played wonderfully well this afternoon.
Another splendid birdie. True that quite low, it should sit
down pretty softly. -- he drew it. Well done, a marvellous effort.
He had to find the fairway. He has played beautifully. Can he find the
final green in two? STUDIO: What around the Spaniard is
putting together. It has been over five years since Rafa last tasted
victory but if you believe in omens, on both occasions he has won he has
beaten an English man by a single shot. Look out, Callum Shinkwin.
Callum Shinkwin with the two shot lead over Cabrera-Bello.
You can see the flag atop the grandstand. It gives you an
indication of what the wind is doing and it seems to have picked up a
little. It is not in the burn. He is going
to have a shot. He can still get up and down for birdie. It will not be
easy. He got very lucky. He would take par again, you can bet
your life, 24-year-old Callum Shinkwin. That is fabulous. They
have taken 30 yards off this hole today. It has been a devil of a
hole. Andrew Dodt. No birdie. Things have gone awry for Andrew on the
back nine. Playing with Ian Poulter in the last pairing. Ian Poulter
with a putt for par. Make sure of the birdie. Well done Rafa
Cabrera-Bello. It is going to be a round of 64. 275
yards. A great position. Just hitting straight down the green.
Talking to his girlfriend, Stephen Sackur void, a lady pro herself. She
said he is naturally a laid-back character. -- Steph McAvoy.
What about this for a closing birdie for Cabrera-Bello.
Brilliant. Well done, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who has become one of
the best players in the world, but he has not managed a tournament win.
Five years since he last won, but he has done everything you could want
him to do today. A terrific round of golf. Will it be enough to make him
Scottish Open champion? The voice of the former Scottish
rugby captain Andy Nicol, who has been doing the introductions all
week. The challengers are falling away. Ryan Fox would do well to stay
at 9-under. Matthieu Pavon has certainly done
enough to win a place at the Open Championship.
438 yards. He wants to hang him. No, no. -- he wants to hang in.
A similar putt to the previous hole. Just a little bit right to left.
Turn. The only mistake he has made with the putter. He has left a lot
of putts slightly short. Just a tap-in.
Can Andrew Dodt squeeze a par out of this?
A very expensive back nine. Drop shot at ten and birdie on 11th.
He wants to make sure he is left of the bunkers on the far side of the
dogleg. The biggest tee shot of his career. Going left. Get lucky. It
did. It is fine. Fox for bogey. Two lost balls in his
total of 1-over. He could have been in trouble off the tee. He has been
fortunate, take advantage of it. APPLAUSE
Played it nice and safe, made sure it got over the bunker. Stopped
before the back of the green. Graeme McDowell. Hopefully final shot of
the day, 1-over for his round. That's a nice way to finish.
APPLAUSE Even par, 5-under for the
tournament, for the former US open champion. How much Shinkwin would
love to see this one drop. The good putt, perfect pace. So close. Just
doesn't really seem to be affected by the situation at all. Par at the
last. To win. What a performance this would be.
Well, that's a round of 74 Ryan Fox, 8-under par. Another good week. This
is a driver, I'd have thought some sort of iron and a wedge. But he
looks as though he's really confident and comfortable with his
swing. The I certainly hope he is. It's not time to blast one miles
right. Superb. There's your answer, mate! Yeah.
Andrew Dodt, is this for a par? Well done. Who knows how very important
that is. Four four finish will get one of the. He'll be very happy to
find the green today. That's going to be nice and
difficult, Dougie Donnelly, how would you play that? Yeah, with Mike
a shot, probably! -- with my A shot, probably! Shinkwin, it's all his. If
he gets this wrong, it's so easy to put it in the hazards, over the
other side. He's going to try it. Fingers crossed. Stay there, stay.
OK, well... Up and down for the win. It's no Andy Sullivan.
Shinkwin is leaving the flag in, so if it is a bit hot coming up there
and hits the flag the chance of Holding it, trying to get it within
two feet, or so. Go, oh, goodness me, go.
APPLAUSE OK. He's got about eight feet left,
now. I haven't been able to get close, I
think it's on the left side. Said Callum Shinkwin for a fairy tale
victory. Oh, no! No! Oh, the only mistake all day! The
only bogey on the card. And it drops him into a play-off.
STUDIO: So a sudden-death play-off required
at that links. Shinkwin and Rafa Cabrera-Bello had at the final 18.
The final group of Ian Poulter and Andrew Dodt struggled to get going
in a final round, pulled her carding a two of the par 74, he finished
tied for ninth and Australia Andrew Dodt required this putt to make it
to the Open Championship. Andrew Dodt just pipped Anthony Wall to a
place at Royal Birkdale faxed to his higher ranking and will be joined by
Callum Shinkwin and Matthieu Pavon, whose round of 66 saw him finish
three back. But there were more pressing matters at hand for
Shinkwin, before he could think of Birkdale. First, on the tee, Rafa.
A perfect tee shot under pressure, as the Spaniard looks to secure his
third European Tour title. Shinkwin had to put any thoughts of his
regulation 18 hole behind him. And the 24-year-old finds the middle
of the fairway. Shinkwin then to play first, as we join the action.
COMMENTATOR: He'll be looking for height. Needs
to move along way left-to-right. Oh, no, same place again. Or
virtually. He's on the down slope. He's got to get over the bunker to a
tight pin. Oh, I don't believe it! Seriously, well, I know he'll be
going at it this time. This is a good-looking shot, right
at the pin. APPLAUSE
That's a wonderful shot. That's right down the flag by Rafa
Cabrera-Bello. Advantage Spain. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
That was brilliant, wonderful shot. That was just all over it, wasn't
it? I think to get it close he has to
bump it into the bank. It's almost impossible to play it. He's playing
with a pretty lofty club, but to land it at the top of upslope, down
to the hole. Hasn't given it quite enough.
APPLAUSE Is it my imagination or did that
look a little bit quick? Yes, it was a little bit anxious there, a little
bit unlucky as well. Just stuck into the bank, didn't bounce forward.
This, to win the title. Oh, and he's left it short!
APPLAUSE In for a birdie four but he had the
chance to close the door there. He spotted for par for the most part
pretty well today. The birdie putts in this sort of arrangement dropped.
Is to keep the play-off alive. Oh, and he's left it short again! You
can only feel for Callum Shinkwin, but after five years, Rafa
Cabrera-Bello is a winner again, and he's done it in a Rolex series event
at one of the most prestigious tournaments in the European Tour.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello is the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
champion. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Two Spanish winners in a row on the Rolex series. Rafa Cabrera-Bello
bellow in Scotland. STUDIO:
So Shinkwin coming up just short but it was the week for the English man,
who was ranked 405th in the world. We had to Birkdale next week knowing
his Tour card will be safe for the foreseeable future, but for the
second week in a row on the European Tour its Spanish celebrations. Rafa
Cabrera-Bello's final-round 64 is the best of the week and he triumphs
over the strongest field in Europe so far this season to take the
trophy. Ewan-macro congratulations. U2 played superb golf today but to
go out with the pressure of the play off holed you must be delighted with
how you did? In a play-off anything can happen. Regardless of the
outcome or the players, at the end of the day they go 50-50. I was
happy to be there, really enjoying that situation and I hit two great
shots and the birdie was enough. So I'm very happy to have got in win,
finally. I'm gutted, obviously. Fair play to Rafa, he won it, so fair
play to him. We're standing on the 18th tee come you have a one shot
lead, decide to go for the green. Would you change that if you could
go back? No, never, I hit it exactly where I wanted to hit it, but the
finish wasn't where I wanted to be. It's been a huge week this week.
What do you take from here to Royal Birkdale next week? Playing what I'm
doing, what I'm doing is working. Keep doing that and hopefully the
results will come next week. Golf is a funny game, last year so
consistent but without the silverware. This season, up and
down, but you have your hands on silverware. How do you sum it up? I
do feel like I've played good this year. It's been a new experience
playing in America cargo coming back and forth -- going back and forth.
But overall, I've been pleased with the way I've performed. Winning
again, it's unbelievable. I was overdue.
STUDIO: There's more sensational sport to
come on the BBC starting on Monday. Tune into five live sports extra for
Test match special's coverage of the fourth day of the second Test
between England and South Africa. There's highlights from the
hamburger leg of triathlon's World Series on BBC Two. -- the Hamburg
leg. A special treat from the Chronicles of the champion golfers
sees some of the greatest players of all time look back Open triumphs.
The main event gets under way at Royal Birkdale on Thursday. BBC Two,
8pm each day, for two hours of highlights, with live coverage on
five live and the BBC Sport website. Look out for a special Facebook
live, defending open champion Henrik Stenson takes over the BBC sports
Facebook page, just after 2pm on Monday. A huge week in the golfing
calendar to come. As Rafa Cabrera-Bello heads to Royal
Birkdale clutching the Scottish Open Trophy, a massive final day effort
from the Spaniard, who lists silverware for the first time since
2012. The perfect build-up to the biggest week on the links. It's
goodbye from Don wobbled and roll on Thursday at the Open Championship.
-- goodbye from Dundonald. We'll see you there. Goodbye.
Your baby has been loved by me very much.
Eilidh Barbour presents highlights of the fourth and final round of the Scottish Open from Dundonald.
This time 12 months ago, Sweden's Alex Noren was celebrating on the final day - beating England's Tyrrell Hatton by one stroke at Castle Stuart.
Noren ended the tournament on 14 under after a two-under-par 70 final round and is joined in Scotland this year by four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and Open champion Henrik Stenson.