With all the different sports going on around the world over the past weekend – including the finals at Wimbledon and Wembley as well as the ongoing British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa plus the Tour de France – you’d be forgiven if you forgot about the Scottish Open, the second Rolex Series event of the year that took place at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland.
After an incredible final day of low scoring, including a 63 from England’s Ian Poulter, it was Min Woo Lee who emerged from the bunched leaderboard and walked away with the spoils after a playoff victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry.
From a local perspective, South Africa was once again extremely well represented in a tournament that has consistently attracted some of the world’s finest players a week before the 149th Open Championship.
However, it was not the week the majority of the South African contingent would have been hoping for as all of Darren Fichardt, Garrick Higgo, Zander Lombard, Daniel van Tonder, Thomas Aiken, Haydn Porteous, Wilco Nienaber and Justin Harding failed to make the cut.
Making it through to the weekend, were Brandon Stone, Branden Grace, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Dean Burmester, George Coetzee and Justin Walters, who finished as the highest-placed South African in a tie for 18th.
T18 Justin Walters R1,325,459.22
T26 George Coetzee R1,026,436.84
T35 Dean Burmester R755,600.32
T44 Christiaan Bezuidenhout R538,931.14
T54 Branden Grace R191,545.67
T75 Brandon Stone R187,241.69