Final Scottish Open leaderboardJuly 15, 2018 Golf News
The final Scottish Open leaderboard 2018 from Gullane, where Brandon Stone was victorious
Final Scottish Open leaderboard 2018:
Brandon Stone secured the biggest victory of his career at the Scottish Open after he caught fire in the final round at Gullane, as he missed out on the first 59 in European Tour history with an eight-foot birdie miss at the final green.
It was an incredibly packed leaderboard in the early stages of Sunday, but the South African backed up a front-nine 31 by making a further four birdies and an eagle on the final nine to set an unassailable 20-under-par total.
Eddie Pepperell appeared to be the most likely to challenge Stone, but the Englishman three-putted the 17th green to hand the advantage to Stone.
When Stone made a huge left-to-right breaking putt for eagle on the 16th, the 25-year-old could play the final two holes in relative comfort – needing just one birdie to shoot the coveted sub-60 round.
His approach to the final green landed safely on the front and ran up to no more than eight-feet for a birdie and a bid at making history – the resulting putt missed, agonisingly, on the left edge.
With the clubhouse target set, there were still another six groups out on the course, but nobody could even come close.
Pepperell secured solo second, while Luke List, Trevor Immelman and Jens Dantorp rounded off the top-five.
Defending Gullane champion Rickie Fowler finished tied for sixth.