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Luke Donald has won the Barclays Scottish Open, making it his third title this year.

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It's nice to get another victory – I can get used to this.
Luke Donald, Winner of the Barclays Scottish Open

Luke Donald has won the Barclays Scottish Open, making it his third title this year.

Golf’s world number one, who won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play in February and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in May, closed with a flawless 63.

The 33-year-old’s nine under par round secured a 19 under par total at the spectacular Castle Stuart Golf Links course, running out a four-shot winner from Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson-Hed.

Luke shot the lowest round of his European Tour as he dominated the event, which had been cut to three rounds on the final day.

It was his second successive triumph in Europe, as he now attempts to capture his first Major title at The Open Championship this Sunday.

Luke said after the win: “It's nice to get another victory – I can get used to this.

“To do it on a Links is even better and when I play well I tend to do reasonably well the next week. I holed putts when I needed to, and it's nice to do it when it matters.

“If you played well, the course was there for the taking and with the greens being softer and very little wind. But I holed the putts when I needed to, and I holed a bunch of 20, 25-footers out there today, and had a good feel for the greens. I was seeing the lines very well and it was nice to hole them when it mattered.

“I felt good out there. I felt very comfortable and very in control, and that's a good sign for next week.”

After Saturday's wash-out, which saw double the average monthly amount of rain in the Inverness area fall in one day, the tournament was cut from 72 to 54 holes.

Luke played half of his second round, which he did in three under par, closing the gap on the leaders from four to one. He then went out again after lunch, taking the first prize with a total of 197.

With Lee Westwood coming joint 14th, Luke stretched his lead at both the top of the Official World Golf Ranking and the Race to Dubai.

The gap is such that Rory McIlroy – this week’s favourite following his US Open Championship win – cannot now take the number one spot, even if he lands back-to-back Majors.

Runner-up Fredrik Andersson-Hed burst out of the pack with a best-of-the-week 62.

Scotland’s European Tour rookie Scott Jamieson emerged from a seven-way tie for third, when a 10-foot birdie putt on the last gave him the one Open Championship spot on offer.

Scott Jamieson said: “I wasn't sure how important that putt was but I can't believe I'm in The Open - it's great. It will be my first Major, but hopefully there will be many more to come.”

Chile’s Mark Tullo, South Africa’s George Coetzee, Argentina’s Angel Cabrera, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, Austria’s Martin Wiegele and Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli were the others to finish 14 under.

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