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

A bogey from Shinkwin after finding the fairway from the tee on the last meant the contest went to extra holes, where the 33-year-old hit a stunning second into the 18th to set up a tournament-clinching birdie. "I'll be quite happy to cancel to play in my first major", said Dodt.

The Spaniard made a birdie to defeat England's Callum Shinkwin on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, after both players had signed for 13-under 275.

But four bogeys on the back nine proved costly as he carded a final round of one-over 74 to finish in a five-way tie for fourth.

However, the 31-year old is not only in position for a third Tour success but he and Shinkwin are now the two top of three qualifiers into next week's Open at Royal Birkdale. "I was starting to feel a little pressure every time I was up there contending. It was pretty cool to be able to do that today", Fox said after his round.

And encouraging Dodt over the last few holes on the final day at Dundonald was 1995 Scottish Open victor, Wayne Riley, who was working as a course commentator for SKY Sports.

Rory McIlroy practised early, and admitted afterwards that his efforts to get back on track following two missed halfway cuts in a row are being hampered by the fact he's still not completely recovered from the rib injury that disrupted the first half of his season.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain celebrates victory on the first playoff hole of the Scottish Open.

"I have been fighting for this win for many years", he said.

"Of course I was nervous but to be fair it was nothing like what everyone probably thinks". I had no shot, really.

"It was a job just to hold onto the umbrella let alone trying to hit a 6 iron from 125 yards, and even that did not get near the pin". I'm very happy to have gotten that third win, finally.

2 - Callum Shinkwin came so close to securing a first European Tour title. I knew it was only going to go one way, up the leaderboard.

Shinkwin, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who was third, and Australian Andrew Dodt clinched the three Open places for next week.

Ten days ago, the sometimes outspoken English golfer brilliantly let his clubs do the talking in qualifying for next week's British Open where in 2008 he recorded a career-best finish in all of his 53 Major showings of second. I need to play well.

Couples had the most memorable one, completing his at the island 17th at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course during the 1999 Players Championship.

  • Sheila Mcguire