Justin Rose fired a six under par 66 on Sunday to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for his seventh European Tour victory. It was his second win in as many starts going back to the Quicken Loans Championship at Congressional. Rose proved once again that he can play the tough courses and come away with wins.
Rose will head over to Hoylake on a winning streak to take on a tournament that where he has never finished in the top ten as a professional. With the win, he should move up to third in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR).
There wasn’t a doubt from the first tee on who was going to win at the old links course on North East Scottland. Rose never made a bogey after the 14th hole on Saturday.
There were some anxious moments as young Swede, Kristoffer Broberg almost aced the par three 17th hole, and Rose was struggling a little to find late greens. Justin made some clutch putts at 16 and 17 to put this championship away.
You have one of the best ball-strikers on any tour, and is clutch on courses that provide a challenge, but on Sunday, his putter woke up and saved the day.
“This is my first professional win in Scotland so it means lot,” said Rose. “This a great tournament – there’s definitely something special about playing golf up here and the golfing crowd are so knowledgeable and I’ve really got to love this golf course.
Rose’s playing partner, Marc Warren could never get on track in the final round. He fired a one under 70 on the par 71 layout, and finished in a tie for third. The Scot couldn’t make much happen on the front nine when Rose was making birdies, and picked up bogeys at 14 and 18. Warren was already qualified for the Open Championship next week.
With Broberg’s second place finish, the 22 year-old Swede will get an invitation to Royal Liverpool along with Scott Jamieson from Scotland and young Brit, Tyrell Hatton.
Rickie Fowler fired a nice 66 on Sunday and finished at -9 under par with defending champ, Phil Mickelson ending his day at -8 under par. Phil ended his defense with a nice -6 under 65 but could not overcome his putter woes from Friday and Saturday.
The Scottish Open has become a must-play stop for folks heading to the Open Championship. Phil Mickelson blazed the trail last year and now has Fowler on board. I expect Fowler to be a factor next week at Hoylake now that he has a round in Scotland under his belt.
The attention of the golf world will return in October when the Ryder Cup moves to Gleneagles. Captain Tom was able to get some of his players to stop over on their way to Royal Liverpool to get a couple of rounds on the Jack Nicklaus layout prior to the tournament.