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Rose blooms in Scottish Open triumph
It’s all coming up roses for England’s Justin Rose after his fine performance in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen saw him card an impressive six under 65 for a 16-under total.
Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg (66) finished second on 14 under, securing a spot at next week's Open at Hoylake. Home favourite Scott Jamieson (64) and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (68) will also join him after finishing in the top 10.
Sharing the overnight lead with Rose was Marc Warren, whose challenge petered out as the game roared to its climax, finally finishing third after a 70 for 11 under overall.
Stephen Gallacher was cheered relentlessly as he traversed the course and treated his supporters by shooting a record-equalling 63 to finish tied for fourth on 10 under – alongside Matteo Manassero (65), Shane Lowry (66) and Hatton.
Jamieson finished tied for eighth place on nine under with colourful American Rickie Fowler (65) and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson (66) following close behind.
Phil Mickelson was unable to retain the title he won last year, finishing a shot further back on 65.
And there was disappointment in the Rory McIlroy camp, too, with the Northern Irishman showing very little inventiveness on the greens to end the game with 67 and finishing on seven under.
Rose played a faultless final round which included six birdies – ensuring he was in the 60’s in all four rounds this week.
"It's a privilege to win this great championship," Rose told BBC Sport. "This is my first professional win in Scotland so it means a lot.
"This is a great tournament - there's definitely something special about playing golf up here and the golfing crowd are so knowledgeable - I've really got to love this course."
Scottish Open Final Leaderboard:
-16 J Rose (Eng)
-14 K Broberg (Swe)
-11 M Warren (Sco)
-10 S Gallacher (Scot), M Manassero (Ita), S Lowry (Ire), T Hatton (Eng)
-9 S Jamieson (Sco), R Fowler (US), R Karlsson (Swe)
Selected others -8 P Mickelson (US); -7 P Casey (Eng), L Donald (Eng); -3 P Harrington (Ire), P Lawrie (Sco)