Australia’s Min Woo Lee wins Scottish Open after playoff victory

22-year-old had earlier shot a flawless closing 64 at the Renaissance Club

 Min Woo Lee of Australia celebrates victory on the18th green after his birdie on  the first playoff hole in the Scottish Open  at the Renaissance Club  in North Berwick. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Min Woo Lee of Australia celebrates victory on the18th green after his birdie on the first playoff hole in the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

 

Australia’s Min Woo Lee defeated Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry in a play-off to win his second European Tour title in the €6.75 million Scottish Open.

Lee birdied the first extra hole after the leading trio had finished tied on 18 under par at the Renaissance Club following a 90-minute weather delay late in the final round.

The 22-year-old, whose sister Minjee Lee was runner-up in the Ladies’ Scottish Open at nearby Gullane in 2018, had earlier birdied six holes in a row from the third on his way to a flawless closing 64.

That set the clubhouse target on 18 under and the final pair of Fitzpatrick and Detry were the only players capable of matching it after rounds of 67.

Ian Poulter, Ryan Palmer and last week’s Irish Open winner Lucas Herbert finished a shot behind, with US Open champion Jon Rahm another stroke back in seventh, a result which meant he loses his world number one ranking to Dustin Johnson.

On an extremely crowded leaderboard, Detry had emerged from a five-way tie for the lead with a birdie on the 13th, only to then miss from close range for par on the 14th at the moment the hooters sounded to suspend play due to the threat of lightning.

When play resumed Lee was the first to take advantage of the pivotal par-five 16th and his birdie was subsequently matched by Detry and Fitzpatrick, with Lee then leaving a birdie putt on the 18th just inches short of the hole.

He made no such mistake when the trio returned to the 18th for sudden death however, holing from nine feet for the winning birdie to claim the first prize of €1.1 million.

Lee and Detry also secured places in the Open Championship, with England’s Jack Senior claiming the final one on offer thanks to a tie for 10th.

Australia’s Wade Ormsby had earlier won 204 bottles of whisky for making a hole-in-one on the 12th, one bottle for each yard of the hole.

Pádraig Harrington carded a one-under 70 to finish in a share of 18th position on 11 under, while Cormac Sharvin’s closing one-over 72 saw him end the week on eight under and a share of 44th.

Final scores

British and Irish unless stated, par 71

266 Min-Woo Lee (Aus) 68 69 65 64 (won at the first play-off hole), Matthew Fitzpatrick 66 66 67 67, Thomas Detry (Bel) 66 65 68 67

267 Ryan Palmer (USA) 66 70 67 64, Ian Poulter 66 68 70 63, Lucas Herbert (Aus) 69 68 64 66

268 Jon Rahm (Esp) 66 65 69 68

269 Justin Thomas (USA) 65 69 70 65, Johannes Veerman (USA) 70 67 67 65

270 Xander Schauffele (USA) 67 70 66 67, Jack Senior 64 67 73 66

271 Scottie Scheffler (USA) 72 63 67 69, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 67 69 66 69, Matthieu Pavon (Fra) 69 69 66 67

272 Richard Bland 69 66 72 65, Richie Ramsay 67 71 65 69, Ross Fisher 70 68 68 66

273 Tyrrell Hatton 69 67 72 65, Sam Burns (USA) 72 68 67 66, Robert MacIntyre 68 69 67 69, Pádraig Harrington 67 68 68 70, Alvaro Quiros (Esp) 66 68 70 69, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 71 68 68 66, Justin Walters (Rsa) 69 67 68 69, Matthew Jordan 68 71 67 67

274 Will Zalatoris (USA) 69 70 66 69, Tommy Fleetwood 66 70 68 70, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 71 68 69 66, Matt Wallace 70 70 68 66, Alexander Bjork (Swe) 72 68 63 71, Alexander Levy (Fra) 70 66 68 70, Adrian Otaegui (Esp) 68 70 65 71, George Coetzee (Rsa) 66 66 73 69, Matthew Southgate 69 68 68 69

275 Lee Westwood 65 67 71 72, Aaron Rai 71 68 68 68, Dean Burmester (Rsa) 73 67 66 69, Thomas Pieters (Bel) 68 72 67 68, Guido Migliozzi (Ita) 71 66 70 68, David Law 67 67 69 72, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 68 71 67 69, Tapio Pulkkanen (Fin) 69 71 69 66, Connor Syme 67 71 69 68

276 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa) 71 69 70 66, Scott Hend (Aus) 67 70 70 69, Romain Langasque (Fra) 68 70 68 70, Ryan Fox (Nzl) 70 70 68 68, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 70 68 69 69, Nino Bertasio (Ita) 70 68 69 69, Jeff Winther (Den) 67 72 69 68, Joel Stalter (Fra) 69 71 69 67, Sebastian Heisele (Ger) 69 71 70 66, Cormac Sharvin 70 66 68 72

277 Billy Horschel (USA) 70 70 70 67, Branden Grace (Rsa) 69 71 69 68, Thorbjoern Olesen (Den) 74 66 69 68, Marcus Armitage 68 69 69 71, Darius van Driel (Ned) 70 69 69 69

278 Victor Perez (Fra) 69 68 66 75, Laurie Canter 72 68 68 70, Marcus Kinhult (Swe) 67 68 72 71, Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) 70 70 69 69, Adrian Meronk (Pol) 75 65 70 68, Oliver Farr 67 68 74 69

279 Antoine Rozner (Fra) 69 71 68 71, Renato Paratore (Ita) 69 69 71 70, Fabrizio Zanotti (Pry) 71 67 71 70, Jamie Donaldson 68 70 72 69

280 Steven Brown 70 70 70 70, Joost Luiten (Ned) 69 71 70 70

281 Collin Morikawa (USA) 70 67 71 73, Francesco Laporta (Ita) 67 73 70 71

282 Graeme Storm 68 70 71 73, Grant Forrest 67 70 72 73

284 Brandon Stone (Rsa) 69 71 69 75, Adria Arnaus (Esp) 68 69 72 75

285 Chris Wood 68 69 73 75

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