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Italy's Edoardo Molinari wins Scottish Open

Edoardo Molinari

Highlights - Molinari wins Scottish Open

Final leaderboard:
-12 E Molinari (Ita) -10 D Clarke (NI) -8 R Jacquelin (Fra)
-7 S Gallacher (Sco), P Hedblom (Swe), F Molinari (Ita) -5 R Fisher (Eng) +1 G McDowell (NI)

Italy's Edoardo Molinari kept his head in blustery conditions to win the Scottish Open by three shots from Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke.

Molinari, who began day four a shot ahead of Clarke and seven clear of the rest of the field, carded a three-over 74 for a winning total of 12 under par.

Clarke, 41, recorded a 76 but had the consolation of qualifying for the Open.

He finished one shot ahead of France's Raphael Jacquelin to secure the last spot for St Andrews next Thursday.

Clarke endured a double bogey seven at the third, from which he never fully recovered, while Molinari's round was easily his weakest of the four days - though in the end he was never seriously threatened.

Molinari reflects on special Scottish Open win

The 29-year-old joined his younger brother Francesco, 27, as a European Tour winner, and set up the real possibility of both making their Ryder Cup debuts in October.

Francesco's final round of 72 left him in a tie for fourth with Stephen Gallacher and Peter Hedblom, though he left with a sour taste in his mouth after missing a short birdie putt on the last.

No brothers have played together in the Ryder Cup since Bernard and Geoffrey Hunt in 1963, back in the days when it was just Britain against America.

But Francesco, who lost a play-off for the French Open to Miguel Angel Jimenez, moves up from eighth to fifth in the points race.

Clarke rues bad start to final round

And winner Edoardo, who first hit the headlines by winning the US Amateur title five years ago, is up from 11th to sixth on the world list from which the first four members of Colin Montgomerie's side will come.

With Francesco having won the 2006 Italian Open, Edoardo's victory makes them the third brothers to lift Tour titles - and this just eight months after they combined to win the World Cup in China.

Seve and Manuel Ballesteros did it and so did their fellow Spaniards Antonio and German Garrido.

Clarke, 41, was fighting an uphill battle from the moment he tried to play his ball out of the mud and water by the third green but needed three attempts at it.

Molinari was five clear after five holes, bogeyed the next two but then regained that advantage when Clarke dropped a shot on the short 11th and he made a 15-foot birdie putt three holes later.

Five ahead with four to play looked a done deal, but a terrible drive down the 415-yard 15th led to a double-bogey six.

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The gap then came down to two when Clarke made a five-foot birdie putt on the short 17th, but when both men found the green in two it was clear there could be no late drama.

Clarke untidily three-putted, though it cost him nothing. He knew he had edged the Open place from Jacquelin, whose joint best-of-the-day 68 saw gun advance four places up the leaderboard over the course of the final day.

"When we teed off in the wind and rain I felt I didn't have a chance because Darren is such a great player when it's tough like that," said Molinari afterwards.

"But after making a birdie at the third I increased that lead and from then I played conservatively, concentrating on hitting fairways, and I am proud of the way I did it."



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