Tag Archives: 2015 Scottish Open

Jul
12
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Rickie Fowler’s brilliant late-birdie surge landed him his second victory of the year, capturing the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open by a shot over fellow American Matt Kuchar and Frenchman Raphael Jaquelin. For most of the day, Fowler struggled to find any momentum in the tough scoring conditions with strong winds at Gullane Golf Club.

After making bogey on no. 14, Fowler was one-over for the day, but then he rose brilliantly to the occasion late on with three birdies in the last four, including one on the par-4 18th, where he knocked a sand wedge to less than two feet for birdie. Clutch. Turned out to be the difference between an outright win and a three-man playoff.

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Jul
10
2015

Phil Mickelson, who posted a one-under 69 in the first round, got off to yet another slow start at Gullane GC in the second round of the Scottish Open. After back-to-back bogeys on nos. 11 and 12 to move outside the cut line, Mickelson rallied, hitting a perfect 9-iron to about 10 feet on no. 14 and holed the putt. He went on to make three consecutive birdies and posted a two-under 68 for a three-under total to move safely inside the cut line.

Despite the somewhat favorable outcome, Mickelson sounded almost astounded that he made the cut because he putted so poorly. He needed 28 putts on Thursday and 30 on Friday.

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Jul
9
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Jimmy Walker pro-am group

When I got an email last Sunday afternoon from Visit Scotland’s David Connor saying he would very much like me to join his pro-am team for the Scottish Open at Gullane GC on Wednesday afternoon if I was available, I did a cartwheel in the living room of my cramped NYC apartment and hit my head on the  coffee table. Okay, that actually didn’t happen, but I was practically jumping for joy.

I wrote back what was likely an overly enthusiastic response immediately and hoped there wasn’t any “take backs” to the offer. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to play in a pro-am on one of the major tours — it seemed like it would be an intriguing experience and it would be very telling about the character of the tour pro you’re paired with in that kind of intimate setting for five hours (in other words, whether or not he’s a jerk)I had the opportunity to partake in the Hawaii Open pro-am last December, which was a total blast, but it’s not quite the same as, say, the Scottish Open edition.

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Jul
9
2015

Friend of WUP Robert Rock was kind enough to let me walk with him (as he did during the Irish Open) and Periscope his practice round Tuesday at Gullane Golf Club, the site of this week’s Scottish Open. I only followed him for nine holes as he didn’t tee off until quite late because he had to wait for his clubs to arrive, but it’s enough to get a sense of the championship course, which comprises of 16 holes from Gullane No. 1 and two from No. 2 (there are three tracks here).

Let’s kick it off with no. 1, a severely uphill par-4, which is quite the walk but a pretty straightforward hole to ease into the round.

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Jul
8
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Phil Mickelson opened his press conference ahead of the Scottish Open on Wednesday morning with quite the soliloquy. He basically addressed two topics that he didn’t want to really discuss — but assumed he would be asked about them — and said that was all he was going to say about them.

Firstly, he mentioned the “report” that came out last week, referring to ESPN’s Outside the Lines article that linked Mickelson to an offshore illegal gambling operation. Mickelson has not been charged with a crime, nor is he under investigation, according to the aforementioned report. 

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