Sensational Stone springs surprise Scottish Open win

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South Africa's Brandon Stone flirted with a 59 as he claimed the biggest victory of his career at the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club

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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.

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Talking point

Links golf always tends to throw up some weird and wonderful story-lines, and this week was no different as Trevor Immelman rolled back the years to flirt with the top of the leaderboard.

The 2008 Masters champion has been in horrendous form over the past few years, and as a result, plays part-time now with commitments as a commentator for the Golf Channel in the U.S.

Having slipped to 1,380 in the world rankings, the South African got into contention on Friday when firing a round of 64.

“It’s kind of confusing, to be honest,” he said, talking to the Golf Channel on Friday. “One thing I do know is that I love the game of golf, and I know all the courses on both the tours, and I know the players and caddies, and so I feel like I have a nice perspective because I’m still kind of part of it.

“But I’m also a little concerned that my best golf is nowhere near what it would need to be to compete at the highest level. To be quite honest with you, that is a very difficult time, mentally, for an athlete, and everybody faces it at some point. When that time comes, and you start to question, `Well, am I good enough to be out there?’”

Immelman went on to post rounds of 68-65 over the weekend to finish tied for third alongside List and Dantorp, with the latter bagging a spot in the Open Championship next week after holding a better world ranking than Immelman.

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