Rafa Cabrera Bello wins Scottish Open

  • Rafa Cabrera Bello wins Scottish Open

Rafa Cabrera Bello wins Scottish Open

"I'm extremely happy", said Cabrera-Bello.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello said he played the best golf of his life to win the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.

The 23-year-old from South Korea shot her second straight 5-under 67 and won a day-long battle with front-running Shanshan Feng and teenage amateur Hye-Jin Choi at Trump National Golf Club.

"There's no question I feel better because of that", Poulter said. "Obviously a few months back, things were pretty hard, but life's a little bit easier right now and obviously I'm enjoying my golf".

And encouraging Dodt over the last few holes on the final day at Dundonald was 1995 Scottish Open victor and fellow Aussie Wayne "Radar" Riley, who was working on course 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.

On another signature day for Spanish golf in 2017, Cabrera Bello followed up an 8-under 64 - a course record at Dundonald Links - with a birdie in a sudden-death playoff against Shinkwin to win his third European Tour title. Dodt will now join a big contingent of 11 Australians to compete at Royal Birkdale and on the 26th anniversary Ian Baker-Finch and Mike Harwood finished one and two in the 1991 Open.

"I've won before and I have been up there so many, many times and things have not really worked out for myself".

"There's life in the old dog yet", Poulter added, with a determined smile, "and I'm relishing the opportunity tomorrow to go out and get stuck in".

Shinkwin's disappointment was eased by earning a place in Thursday's British Open, along the assurance of securing his Tour card for next year. "Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week". "We knew it was going to be really tough today but I didn't think they would be quite as bad as they were".

"I'm not in The Open yet".

"I'm absolutely pumped to be playing in my first major".

Poulter was seeking a 14th worldwide win - and first since November 2012 - but was always playing catch-up after three-putting Nos.

Shinkwin had to settle for second and a place in next week's British Open at Royal Birkdale, while Frenchman Matthieu Pavon also grabbed a spot with a final-round 66 that saw him finish three strokes adrift of the leading duo.