Walters in solid Scottish Open finish

Jul 11, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Justin Walters rounded off a good week in the European Tour’s abrdn Scottish Open at the Renaissance Clun in North Berwick on Sunday as he closed with a two-under-par 69 to finish in a share of 18th on 11-under-par.

He made five birdies and three bogeys to end up seven shots out of the play-off which was won by Australia’s Min Woo Lee after he finished on 18-under together with Thomas Detry of Belgium and Matt Fitzpatrick of England.

Walters’ week was characterised by all his rounds being under par, and that consistency saw him finish the top-placed South African. Next best was George Coetzee who turned a really fast start into a share of 26th after he closed with a two-under 69.

Neither Walters nor Coetzee will be added to the list of 13 South Africans already playing in next week’s Open Championship, but Dean Burmester will be happy to have closed with a two-under 69 for a share of 35th ahead of his week at Royal St George’s. Even happier will be Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who, after an average opening round of level-par 71, closed with a five-under 66 to finish in a share of 44th and momentum ahead of the Open.

Branden Grace, who owns the lowest round ever in a major championship with his 62 from the 2017 Open, closed with a three-under 68 on Sunday to finish in a share of 54th, while Brandon Stone, who won’t be in action at Sandwich, closed with a four-over 75 to finish in a share of 75th.

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