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Cabrera Bello: I played round of my life to win Scottish Open

17 July 2017

Rafa Cabrera Bello beat Callum Shinkwin in a play-off to capture the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title.

Fox's final round at the Dundonald Links included a remarkable "hole in three" with his first tee shot going out of bounds and his second attempt from the tee delivering a hole in one.

From just off the green, he rolled a putt to 4 feet and left his par putt two inches short. Winning again, it's an unbelievable feeling. Cabrera Bello eventually defeated Shinkwin in a playoff.

There was a consolation for Shinkwin, as he - along with third-placed Matthieu Pavon and Andrew Dodt - secured qualification for The Open, which gets under way on Thursday.

He earned an Open Championship place via final qualifyingand the 41-year-old is now tied for the lead at the Scottish Open with just 18 holes to play. But it's been a very good week.

"It's all a learning curve and obviously if you win, you have to have luck on your side".

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In his final round, Cabrera Bello made eight birdies and didn't drop a shot.

Ramsay finished top Scot at Dundonald Links, tied for 35th, following his joint second at the Irish Open.

Late last evening, Chawrasia missed the cut after being caught in severe rain and strong winds over the last seven holes.

Shinkwin was obviously disappointed, but the silver lining to his second place finish is the guarantee of a spot in The Open at Royal Birkdale next week.

Cabrera Bello, with 24 top-10s to his name since his last victory in February 2012, emerged from the pack as Shinkwin's main challenger with a flawless round that featured eight birdies, including one at the 18th when he fortunately avoided the burn to the right of the green.

"I have been fighting for this win for many years", the 33-year-old said.

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The Scottish Open is the European Tour's final tuneup for The Open Championship.

"Sometimes I did mistakes, sometimes it didn't work out for me. I mean, golf in Scotland is huge and we always feel great support from the local crowd, and I think the venue has proven to be a very exciting venue".

For the former, that may be problematic; his wife flew into the United Kingdom from Sydney on Saturday under the belief she was heading to NY for a family holiday at the start of next week.

Former champion Cristie Kerr shot 70 to stand as the leading American player at four under par, a total she shared with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (72).

"I have played all the course on the Open rota and Royal Birkdale has always been my favourite Open venue because of 2008 and I'm looking forward to competing there", he said.

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Cabrera Bello: I played round of my life to win Scottish Open