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Photos: Castle Stuart Sunday

Jeev Milkha-Singh won the Scottish Open in a playoff and gained a spot in next week's Open Championship.

"Hoping I'll finish top three or top-5 and take the confidence from there," he said after his round, completed 90 minutes before the final group.

With more wind Sunday the golf course played much more difficult, an early 67 allowed him to catch Francesco Molinari, who he eventually beat in a playoff.

It was an eye-opening weekend for me, as I could not be more impressed with the European Tour-run event. A nice-sized gallery turned out Sunday and the overall flow and operation were seamless despite the one-lane roads leading to the course. And as for Castle Stuart, it exceeded my expectations in every department. No hole better captured the essence of strategic tournament play than the 12th, featured in two images below. Also included are some shots of the excellent village on site for shopping, eating, wagering and promotion of local golf elements, highlighted by the Scottish Golf Union's outreach efforts. No mention of core values anywhere, either.

Lytham here we come!


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And no emphasis on militarism either, I'd warrant.
07.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Fanbelt
Many thanks for the great pics over the last few days Geoff. Just wished I lived in the area. Oh, hang on a minute ... I do!

I imagine Castle Stuart will be breathing a hugh sigh of relief that all four rounds were completed this year but, oh, Marc Warren ...
No mudslides this year.
07.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBacknine
Thanks for these and all previous photos. They give a great view, beyond that of television, of this venue to those who live on the other side of the world.
07.15.2012 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
Photos were great. I even saw you on TV....following Warren on #12. biggest question, since you like to play the ponies, did you happen to lay a wager at Ladbrookes ? On say Warren to collapse.
07.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFarouck
Ladbroke - key letters - broke; which is what many who visit end up. Warren seemed to be so unable to control his anger that he was absolutely not caring at all after 16 it seemed. On the tee on 17, he was still tied for the lead of the tournament, and hit it 40 yards short and acted like he was 10 strokes out. The guy needs some serious psyche work. His caddie was deer-in-the-headlights material as well. But Noren booting a 2 footer after 10 minutes frozen over it; a walking advertisement for choke if ever there was one. Loved Peter Aliss' comment about looking a little Doug Saunders-ish, just before he missed. Good call. I will be at Lytham on Wednesday, if you're looking for a drinking buddy, Geoff.
07.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim in Hoylake
Looked like a nice summer day in Scotland. Only 2 layers required.
07.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
I went three layers just to be safe.

Farouck, I did not place a wager at Ladbrokes...nothing enticed me. I'll sure punt away plenty this week.

No, no military stuff. They even let their flag touch the ground. In the States the Tour would have the American flags on the flagsticks held by a member of the military.
07.15.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff
That score sounds about right for a links-style course in Scotland with good weather. Whenever the Open is at St. Andrews, I mostly spend each telecast imagining how the course was played in 1912, because the way it's played in 2012 seems very simple for the pros.
07.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim S

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