Aussie golf tees up final spot at British Open

Ryan Fox heads into the British Open with a pair of tied for fourth-place finishes on the European Tour

On seven under (-7) going into the sixth hole par three, Fox lost his first ball before having to hit another off the tee.

From just off the green, he rolled a putt to 4 feet and left his par putt two inches short.

2 - Callum Shinkwin came so close to securing a first European Tour title.

Dodt, and despite a disappointing Scottish Open final round 73 for a share of fourth place on eight-under par, secured the third and last Royal Birkdale place on offer at Dundonald Links on Sunday.

Cabrera Bello is the first Spanish victor of the Scottish Open, and follows Alex Noren (BMW PGA Championship), Tommy Fleetwood (HNA Open de France) and his compatriot Jon Rahm (Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation) as a Rolex Series champion.

Ian Poulter moved into pole position alongside fellow Englishman Callum Shinkwin and Australian Andrew Dodt at nine-under on a hard cold and wet day.

"Its good for Scottish golf", he said. But it's all a learning curve and obviously if you win, you have to have luck on your side.

Playing the final hole in regulation-a 586-yard par 5-Shinkwin was left of the putting surface in two shots, with a bunker between him and the flag.

Cabrera Bello was four shots off the lead at the start of the day, but he was able to pile the pressure on Shinkwin with birdies on 12, 14, 17 and 18. He chipped out and made a birdie that ultimately forced the playoff.

1 - This was Rafa Cabrera-Bello's third European title but his first since 2012.

Shinkwin was obviously disappointed, but the silver lining to his second place finish is the guarantee of a spot in The Open at Royal Birkdale next week.

Matthieu Pavon and Dodt joined Shinkwin in qualifying for the Open courtesy of a top-10 finish for non-exempt players.

"I think starting with the right frame of mind, and kind of, you know, know it's going to be a tough day, and everyone else is going to have just as tough a day as you are".

Former champion Cristie Kerr shot 70 to stand as the leading American player at four under par, a total she shared with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (72).

The pick of the day was Andy Sullivan, whose 67 had six birdies, but the sequence of bogey-double bogey-eagle from 16th to 18th presented an adventurous journey as he zoomed from T-31 to fourth.

"Yeah, tomorrow morning my wife and were meant to be off to NY, but pretty happy to be going to Birkdale and my first major", he said.

"There is no reason why I can't put in a good performance and just think about the way I played in Ireland last week", he told BBC Scotland.

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