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McDowell bags Scottish Open title

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Highlights: Scottish Open

-13 G McDowell -11 J Kingston (SA) -10 R Green (Aus), M Jimenez (Spn) -9 S Khan -8 R Dinwiddie, S Gallacher, F Molinari (Ita)

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell all but secured his place in Europe's Ryder Cup team after he clinched a two-shot victory at the Scottish Open.

McDowell shot a final round of 68 to finish the tournament on 13 under, with James Kingston in second place.

Richard Green and Miguel Angel Jimenez were a further shot back in third.

Simon Khan was fifth after two double bogeys in the last six holes cost him the lead but he did get the consolation of qualifying for next week's Open.

Graeme McDowell
McDowell celebrates his second tournament win of the season
McDowell capitalised on Khan's slip, carding three consecutive birdies to move into a lead he never relinquished as he wrapped up his second European Tour win of the season and the fourth of his career.

Ernie Els, a two-time winner of the tournament, finished joint ninth, while world number two Phil Mickelson ended the day 11 shots off the pace.

"This is just unbelievable, it really was a tough weekend's golf and it is a massive relief," said McDowell after picking up a winners' cheque of 500,000, the biggest of his career.

"I have never had a two-shot lead coming up the last in a professional tournament and I have to say I prefer it to the play-offs."

The money has lifted the 28-year-old from 10th to sixth in the Ryder Cup standings and only an extraordinary series of results can deny him a place in Nick Faldo's side in September.

"I put the Ryder Cup up there with winning majors," said McDowell.

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"It's something I have really, really desperately wanted.

"I refused to be measured for my Ryder Cup clothes last week but maybe I will accept next time.

"It's never over till it's over of course, but this is a massive step in the right direction. It will be a dream come true."

Khan did his best to put a positive spin on how his day had turned out.

"It is great to be in the Open," he said.

"But at the moment it feels pretty disappointing because I gave myself a lot of chances today.

"Except for a couple of tee shots I played lovely and I had a couple of bad breaks.

"But congratulations to Graeme, he dug deep and found three birdies in a row when he needed them and deserved to win."

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