Ryder Cup star Rafael Cabrera Bello stormed through the field in record fashion and then watched the inexperienced Calum Shinkwin unravel at the death to claim the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title at Dundonald.
Even at the moment he appears to be storming back as a force, Padraig Harrington refuses to be fooled into believing in Indian summers and career renaissance.
Stephen Gallacher remains on track for an eleventh hour Open place at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and is ready to engage a higher gear at the weekend.
Blairgowrie’s Bradley Neil shot his seventh consecutive sub-70 round to take a share of the halfway lead at the Italian Challenge Open by Lyoness in Sardinia.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open won’t be played at a Trump property for the foreseeable future, the tournament’s chief sponsor stressed yesterday.
Stephen Gallacher has played in 21 Scottish Opens but has never had as strong a start as he did at Dundonald Links yesterday as the home contingent continued their excellent run on European Tour’s links swing.
Padraig Harrington may have used up his entire quota of lucky Irishness in one round, but the last Open champion at Royal Birkdale seems to be warming up well ahead of his return there next week.
Given his situation earlier this year, no wonder Ian Poulter looks so pleased with himself right now.
Rory McIlroy breezed past press men – well dodged really, because there’s not that much room in the Dundonald mixed zone – with a rare after-round snub that indicates just how frustrating his current slump has become.
The roles have been reversed for the O’Hara brothers after all these years at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.