Englishman shoots final-round 64, then edges Tommy Fleetwood on the 1st playoff hole to win his 2nd title on the European Tour
5: Deficit, in strokes, that England’s Aaron Rai erased in the final round Sunday to win the European Tour’s Scottish Open in North Berwick, Scotland. Rai, 25, shot 7-under 64 at The Renaissance Club to set the clubhouse standard at 11-under 273 before countryman Tommy Fleetwood holed a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th to shoot 67 and force a playoff. Minutes later, Robert Rock, the 54-hole leader, failed to save par, finishing one stroke behind as Rai and Fleetwood returned to the 18th tee to decide the outcome. Rai (pronounced RYE), who started the day five strokes behind, won his second tour title when Fleetwood missed a 3-footer for par on the first playoff hole. Rai was the only player to go bogey-free during Saturday’s torrential rain, and he made a tournament-best four bogeys for the week. “It feels incredible,” Rai said. “It’s hard for me to sum it up right now. … Overall, I just played really well.” Rai, whose other European Tour title came at the 2018 Hong Kong Open, was a three-time winner on the Challenge Tour in 2017. The Scottish Open was the second of four Rolex Series events on the tour’s revised 2020 schedule (scores).
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