Englishman Justin Rose (pictured by Getty Images) produced a links golf master-class to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open with a six under par 65 in the final round at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Rose, the 2013 US Open Champion, started the day tied for the lead with home favourite Marc Warren, but left all his rivals trailing in his wake with a flawless display that featured five birdies on the front nine and one more on the back to reach 16 under par for the week.It was his second victory in succession, following his triumph at Congressional on the US PGA Tour last month.
Warren eventually signed for a one under par 70, good enough for third place, three shots behind runner-up Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, who closed with a 66. Another Scot, Stephen Gallacher, equalled the course record with a 63 for a share of fourth place, alongside England’s Tyrrell Hatton (68), Irishman Shane Lowry (66) and Italy’s Matteo Manassero (65).
Broberg, Hatton and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson, who was tied eighth thanks to an eight under par 64, claimed the three spots up for grabs for next week’s Open Championship.
“It’s the first time I’ve won in Scotland as a pro and I’m delighted to have won on The European Tour again. I was pretty calm because I had a good start and built up a bit of a lead. On the 15th I holed a slippery five-footer to stay three ahead, but on 16 I was wide of the green in a really bad spot, and I saw on the leaderboard that my lead was down to two. That was the moment I was really tested, but I made the best up-and-down I’ve made all week, and to keep myself two ahead was very, very important.
“On Wednesday there was no way I was winning this tournament. I think I lost about seven balls in the pro-am. Sometimes it takes a few rounds to get into your rhythm, and I really think having a scorecard in my hand this week really helped my preparation and really helped my game get better.
“I could have been on the range for four days and probably not got to the level with my game that I’m at now because of playing a tournament. Playing under a little bit of pressure and making adjustments in terms of hitting numbers really helps. I’m very excited for next week.”
“Overall it’s been a fantastic week for me with loads of memories to take away. I’m obviously disappointed it wasn’t me winning. My ball-striking was as good as it’s been all week but the putter was a little cold. I seemed to be misreading the lines a bit. Justin was the opposite, and once he was out in front he was tough to catch. He’s been absolutely clinical today. He’s obviously a cool customer and a great front-runner.
“It’s been an incredible week. This golf course has lived up to its billing. It’s the first time I’ve played it and it far exceeded my expectations. Aberdeen Asset as well is an incredible sponsor for this tournament and it continues to grow and grow.”
“I’m very happy to be runner-up this week. I played alright and tried to stay patient. I couldn’t seem to hole anything but a few dropped at the end. Justin got a flying start but I just tried to stick to my game plan and be patient. I’ve loved playing here, especially being on the leaderboard and with all the crowds. It’s been a great week and I’m very happy.”
Justin Rose - With This Win:
- His seventh European Tour International Schedule victory in his 258thEuropean Tour event.
- Moves to €1,153,622 in The Race to Dubai.
- The fifth different European Tour season he has won more than €1 million in a single season and third in succession. The five years are: 2002, 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- His third consecutive European Tour season with a victory, the first time he has achieved this feat. Won the 2012 WGC – Cadillac Championship, 2013 US Open Championship and 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
- The first English winner of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since Luke Donald in 2011.
Source: European Tour