As the curtain closes on another year, we give you a reminder of some of the talking points from the world of golf. Who could forget Brandon Stone’s final round brilliance in Scotland?
Stone equalled the lowest round in European Tour history to win the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. (The record was later broken by England’s Oliver Fisher)
The 25-year-old became the 18th player to shoot 60 on the European Tour – Darren Clarke has done it twice – and the fourth to do so on a Sunday on their way to lifting the trophy.
Stone’s scintillating ten-under par effort was almost one better though – he missed from seven feet on the last for what would have been the first 59 in European Tour history.
He carded eight birdies and an eagle in his first 16 holes at Gullane and needed to play the last two in one-under par to break the magical 60 barrier.
The win allowed Stone to play at The Open and the PGA Championship, where a Sunday 68 helped him finish as the best-performing South African; not only the country’s best at Bellerive, but his T12 finish was good enough to lift him 14 places to 96th in the world.
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