England’s Callum Shinkwin had a disappointing end to an otherwise great tournament at the European Tour’s Scottish Open, carding a bogey 6 on the par-5 final hole, and then losing the playoff to Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
It would have been Shinkwin’s first career European Tour victory, and while it was undoubtedly painful, the 24-year-old still receives one heck of a consolation prize: a spot in this week’s Open Championship.
As part of the Open Qualifying series, the top three finishers inside the top 10 not already qualified were granted spots, meaning Shinkwin is in, along with third-place finisher Matthieu Pavon of France and Andrew Dodt of Australia.
- Three players earned their way into The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale with their high finishes at the Scottish Open: Callum Shinkwin, Matthieu Pavon, and Andrew Dodt.
- This is the second straight year that Shinkwin, who came into the week ranked outside the world top 400, has qualified for the Open. He qualified last season through the French Open, missing the Open cut by two strokes after rounds of 73 and 76.
- Pavon, who finished in solo-third after a final round 66, also qualified for Royal Birkdale. The 24-year-old Frenchman will be making not only his Open debut; this will be his first start in any major.
- 54-hole leader Andrew Dodt earned the final Open available slot after a disappointing final round 73 dropped him into a tie for fourth place. He was given the spot over England’s Anthony Wall by virtue of his higher world ranking (193rd to 245th). Like Pavon, the 31-year-old Dodt will be making his major championship debut at Royal Birkdale.
“It’s been a very good week. End of the day, I’ll be more than happy to finish second but the win was on my mind and didn’t happen.”