Fox finishes fourth on way to Open

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has jumped into contention at the Scottish Open, with a third round 69 lifting him into a tie for fifth just three shots off the leaders. "End of the day, I'll be more than happy to finish second but the win was on my mind and didn't happen".

HE MAY have started the final round of the Scottish with a share of the lead, but in the end a tie for fourth was all Andrew Dodt needed to qualify for the British Open. "I don't think I've played in wind and rain like that before", he said after a 72.

Dodt's round was a mix of three birdies, including a gem at the last, and also two bogeys.

"I've won before and I have been up there so many, many times, and things not really working out for myself". I have struggled with it, but today I just felt it was a good day.

The former English Amateur champion, whose caddie Andy Sutton worked for Ben Curtis when the American was a shock victor of the 2003 Open, at least had the consolation of a place at Royal Birkdale and a cheque for £598,000. "Obviously a few months back, things were pretty hard, but life's a little bit easier right now and obviously I'm enjoying my golf".

The win is Cabrera Bello's third Tour victory and earned him whopping first prize cheque of £900,000.

Three players - Callum Shinkwin, Matthieu Pavon and Andrew Dodt - qualified for this week's Open Championship by virtue of their finishes at the Scottish Open, the last European Tour event in the Open Qualifying Series. One day after soaring to a windblown third-round 79, Padraig Harrington closed with a six-under 66 and rose to that T-4 spot alongside, amongst others, former Players champion Matt Kuchar.

Fox finishes fourth on way to Open
Fox finishes fourth on way to Open

"When we got to the 10th, probably through the 14th, 15th, it started raining and it just got so hard".

"Of course, today was not the result I was seeking but I still like playing the week before".

Couples had the most memorable one, completing his at the island 17th at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course during the 1999 Players Championship. A probable bogey became a fluky birdie, and would prove the difference. As it was, he finished in a share of 19th place at Dundonald, on a four-round total of five-under-par.

"I feel good, I feel great, I feel excited to be in this position, and obviously I relish the opportunity tomorrow to try to put my hand on that trophy".

"I'm not in The Open yet".

"Next week is going to be special, even if I'm not really where I want to be with my swing".

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