Fantastic Fowler wins in Gullane

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Rickie Fowler won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open by one shot on Sunday afternoon.

The American holed a birdie on the final hole of regulation play to snatch a win from fellow countryman Matt Kuchar at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.

The world number nine fell two strokes off the lead following his bogey in the par four 14th. However, Fowler responded with back-to-back birdies, including a nine foot putt on the 15th.

Fowler strolled onto the 18th tee needing at least a par to enter a three-way playoff with Kuchar and France’s Jaquelin Raphael. But after a booming drive down the middle the two-time PGA Tour winner grabbed his wedge and checked it to within three feet of the pin.

He rolled in the birdie putt to finish on 12 under, earning his maiden win on the European Tour in the process and becoming the fourth American to win the Scottish Open.

“Phil [Mickelson] mentioned to me win this and there’s a good chance you win next week so I had to take care of business,” quipped the 26-year-old on europeantour.com.

“I don’t know what’s so special about links golf but it’s my favourite. The golf course can play so different day after day and it presents a new challenge. It was a good test this week at Gullane.

“It’s pretty special – I played great coming in and it’s been a great week. I will have a bit of time tonight to let it sink in and get right back at it next week.

“This is a big win. I had a couple of missed cuts after winning the Players, which was disappointing, so it feels good to get back on form.

“I had to dig deep. I was a little bummed to drop a shot on 14 but knew I had some birdie holes coming in. I had played the last four holes well this week and luckily 14 didn’t cost me.”

The victory is the perfect build-up for Fowler as he looks to next weeks’ Open Championship.

“There are a few things we can tighten up for next week but I am looking forward to getting back to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and getting into contention,” said the Californian.

Local lad Marc Warren would tie for fourth with Eddie Pepperel and Joost Luiten on 10 under, while former world number one Luke Donald would finish tie for seventh on nine under.

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