Singh claims 2012 Scottish Open

Singh … taking a liking to links golf

INDIA’s Jeev Milkha Singh has claimed the 2012 Scottish Open and a British Open start after birdying the first playoff hole to defeat Italy’s Francesco Molinari.

The 40-year-old was five shots behind overnight leader Molinari going into the final round and finished even with him on 17-under after shooting a 5-under 67.

“I think the last tournament in Ireland and here have extended my love for this type of [Links] golf,” Singh said after his fourth European Tour title. “I have always loved links golf. You need to use imagination and intelligence.”

“Coming from India I didn’t know a lot about it but I just love it.”

For the second week in succession Molinari finished runner-up after his second place at the French Open.

Scotland’s Marc Warren, hoping to become only the second home-grown champion, was leading by two strokes with three holes to play but three-putted the 16th hole for a double bogey and then had to take a penalty drop on his way to a bogey at 17.

Warren finished on 71, sharing third place on 16-under par with Sweden’s Alex Noren (70).

Defending champion Luke Donald (73) shared 16th place on 12-under par along with fellow filed notables Phil Mickelson (74) and Padraig Harrington (71).

Australia’s best was Richard Green who finished with a disappointing final round 73 to be 11-under tied for 24th.

British Open hopeful Aaron Baddeley missed the cut.

2012 Scottish Open Final Leaderboard 2012 Scottish Open Final Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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