Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell wins The Barclays Scottish Open by two shots after a commanding final round score of 68 at Loch Lomond Golf Club. After opening rounds of 67, 70 and 66, 'GMac' kept his foot on the pedal to pull away from the field for a two shot victory.
McDowell has made no secret of his desire to get into the Ryder Cup team and this victory, his second of the year following his dramatic play-off victory against Team DryJoys member Jeev Milkha Singh in the Ballantines Championship in March, has given his mission a huge boost. “I refused to be measured up last week at The European Open for my clothing and for my suits - maybe I'll accept that invitation next time I get it," said Graeme, whose aggressive approach shot into the 18th green showed he has exactly what will bre required when Europe takes on the US in September.
South African James Kingston was second with a final score of 273, closing with a stunning 66 which he described as “probably as close to flawless golf as I have played. It felt like I hit almost every fairway". Another to make up ground on the final day was Englishman Robert Dinwiddie with a closing 68, 3 under par. Robert took some time out at the European Open last week to model some of the new FJ Outerwear for the 2009 catalogue, and was clearly as comfortable in front of the TV cameras as he was the photographer's lens, finishing in a tie for 6th on 8 under par.
But it was the man from Northern Ireland who took the title with a total of 271, and the cheque for €631,044 that came with it. Graeme wore nothing but Classics Dry® Premiere throughout the week, which offered the comfort and support to stride to the title, and who knows, they could take him to further success next week at Royal Birkdale.
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