Monday, 17 July 2017

Cabrers Bello wins the AAM Scottish Open in Ayrshire!

Rafa Cabrera Bello won his first European Tour event in over five years as he claimed the fourth Rolex Series event of the season at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
The Spaniard had finished second six times since his win at the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic but overcame Callum Shinkwin in a play-off at Dundonald Links to win his third title.

Cabrera Bello posted a stunning course-record 64 to get to 13 under and a bogey from Shinkwin on the last meant the contest went to extra holes, where the 33 year old hit a stunning second into the 18th to set up a tournament-clinching birdie.

The Englishman had the consolation of securing his place at the Open Championship next week alongside Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who finished third at ten under, and Australian Andrew Dodt who was two shots further back.
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Day 4 highlights - AAM Scottish Open;
All the best of the action from the final day's play at Dundonald Links as the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open came to a thrilling close.
Three-time Major Championship winner Padraig Harrington, New Zealander Ryan Fox, American Matt Kuchar and England's Anthony Wall were also at eight under.

"I'm extremely happy," said Cabrera Bello. "I've won before and I have been up there so many, many times with things not really working out for myself. I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure every time I was up there contending.

"I really felt I played some of the best golf of my life today. In the play-off, I really gave it a go and I'm extremely pleased it worked out for me. Winning again, it's an unbelievable feeling. I think I was overdue.

"I enjoy those pressure situations. I think they really define you."
I have really been fighting for this third win - Rafa Cabrera Bello;
Rafa Cabrera Bello shares his delight after a dramatic playoff victory in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.
Dodt and Shinkwin began the day tied at nine under but Dodt soon jumped into a two-shot lead as he birdied the first after an excellent second from the heavy rough and put his tee-shot on the par three fourth to ten feet.

Cabrera Bello turned in 32 with birdies on the second, third, eighth and ninth as Shinkwin started with six pars but the 24 year old came to life from the seventh, putting two consecutive approaches to tap-in range to leapfrog Dodt - who had bogeyed the fifth - and take the lead.

Cabrera Bello holed a lengthy putt on the 12th to get within one of Shinkwin but that was soon two back as the leader hit another to close range to turn in 33 and get to 12 under.

Dodt had gone off the boil after that quick start but he put his second within eight feet on the eighth and cut the gap to one as the leading trio began to move away from the field.
There were nerves - Callum Shinkwin;
Callum Shinkwin reflects after losing out to Rafa Cabrera Bello in a play-off for the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
Cabrera-Bello took advantage of the 14th to get within one as Dodt went bogey-birdie on the tenth and 11th but Shinkwin put his approach to two feet on the 13th to establish a cushion.

Dodt then three-putted the 12th and 13th to slip back and when Cabrera Bello put his approach to eight feet on the 17th, he was within one of the leader.

Shinkwin was showing absolutely no signs of nerves, however, and he put his tee-shot on the 15th inside ten feet for another birdie and once again he led by two.

Cabrera Bello got a lucky break to stay out of the water and make a birdie on the last to put the pressure on Shinkwin, with the leader hitting a poor chip and leaving his par putt short on the last to set up the play-off.
Five of the best  AAM Scottish Open Day four;
The five best shots from the final day of the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.
Shinkwin had missed nine cuts in a row before making the weekend at the HNA Open de France two weeks ago but will no longer be worrying about his place on Tour after taking home a cheque for 777,770 dollars.

"It's been a very good week," he said. "End of the day, I'll be more than happy to finish second but the win was on my mind and didn't happen."

Pavon turned in 32 with birdies on the third, fifth, eighth and ninth and while he dropped a shot on the 13th, he bounced back with gains on the 14th, 17th and last.

Harrington bounced back from a 79 on Saturday with a 66, Kuchar and Wall signed for rounds of 69, Fox carded a 70 and Dodt got round in 73.

Englishmen Ian Poulter, Robert Rock, Lee Slattery and Andy Sullivan, Dane Søren Kjeldsen and American Rickie Fowler were then at seven under.

Blog credit to the European Tour.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Scottish bands headline a week of entertainment for all the family

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire will headline a packed week of entertainment outside the ropes as the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open gets under way at Dundonald Links next month.

While a stellar line-up of the world’s best golfers, including World Number Four Rory McIlroy, The Open Champion Henrik Stenson, former Masters Tournament winner Adam Scott and 2015 tournament winner Rickie Fowler, will entertain fans on the course from 13-16 July, there will also be a host of activities for all the family to enjoy around the venue.

After the golf has finished on Friday night, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers will bring their ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems – which they proudly call “bagrock”- to the show stage in the Championship Village.

It will be a different feel on Saturday evening as Glasgow-based Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, whose eponymous debut album was nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year award in 2014, bring their atmospheric sound to the show stage.

With free entry for under-16s*, families looking for a great day out can enjoy a range of fun activities throughout the week, including a bungee run, inflatable obstacle course, play bus, carousel, face painting and nature trail on the grounds of the event. Fans of all ages will also be able to get up close to their favourite golfers away from the fairways with a series of player Q&As on the show stage.
There will also be a special kids zone as part of the first ever Golf Show by American Golf in association with the European Tour and Sky Sports. The inaugural show is a dream for fans of all ages, allowing them to get their hands on the newest equipment and technology on offer as well as participate in interactive competitions.

Visitors can also enjoy some Scottish hospitality, with a range of food and drink on offer from local suppliers, plus live cooking exhibitions using local produce in the public catering area.

The entertainment all starts on the evening of Tuesday July 11 with the Hero Challenge – an exciting one-hole knockout contest featuring some of the tournament’s star golfers, including Henrik Stenson.
TV hosts Vernon Kay and Kirsty Gallacher will present the action live on Sky Sports from a specially constructed hole on the 18th at Dundonald Links from 7.30pm – 8.30 pm, while celebrities including former Scotland rugby player and Strictly Come Dancing star Thom Evans and ex-Westlife member Brian McFadden will entertain the crowd with their own knock-out contest. Fans can secure free entry to the Hero Challenge by booking at

Spectators can also enjoy the Pro-Am on Wednesday July 12, as the week’s golfing stars team up with partners including celebrities from across the world of sport and entertainment. More details will be confirmed soon.

The European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Championship Director, Peter Adams, said: “This year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open promises to be packed full of entertainment on and off the course.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best golfers to Dundonald Links, and hosting a whole range of activities across the venue all week. There is a fantastic line up of entertainment for all the family, with music, food and lots of activities for all ages to enjoy. It will be a great way to celebrate the start of the summer holidays.”
Fans will also be able to support the tournament charities Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s through various fun activities including a long putt challenge, photo booth and prize draws. Spectators can also get involved in some charitable fun on Tartan Friday by joining the players in donning tartan attire on Friday July 14 for the chance to win spot prizes.

A free bus service, in conjunction with Stagecoach, will run on every day of the tournament from Irvine Central to Dundonald Links. Timings will tie in with the regular train service between Glasgow Central and Irvine Central, with buses running every 15 minutes on Thursday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. There is also free public car parking on a first come first served basis at Dundonald Links.

This Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be the fourth event in the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai with minimum prize funds of US$7million.

Fans can buy tickets now – including official hospitality packages – at

*Under-16s gain free entry when accompanied by an adult.
Adult tickets start at just £30, and include free entry to the Ladies Scottish Open, which would otherwise cost £10 on the gate.
Find out more about the tournament at

(Press release by Michael Heath)