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Runner-up Clarke seals Open place

Loch Lomond action
Darren Clarke finished three shots behind Edorado Molinari

Darren Clarke secured a place at the Open Championship by finishing second at the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.

Clarke fired a final round of five-over-par 76 to end on nine under, three behind winner Edoardo Molinari.

The Dungannon player carded a double bogey, four bogeys and a birdie during his closing 18 holes.

Shane Lowry finished six under, with US Open champion Graeme McDowell one over after a 75 and Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin six over following a 72.

Damien McGrane posted a 72 to end one under and Peter Lawrie also recorded a 72 as he finished one over.

McDowell registered three birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey in his round while Maybin had four birdies and five bogeys in his one-over-par round.

Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin was third in the tournament on eight under.

Clarke began the day one shot behind Molinari and both players dropped shots at the second hole.

I played well for the first three rounds and hopefully I can reproduce that form at St Andrews

Darren Clarke

The Northern Ireland player fell back with a double-bogey seven at the par-five third after taking three chips to recover from a difficult position off the green.

Clarke carded another bogey at the fifth but salvaged a par at the sixth.

Molinari bogeyed the sixth and seventh holes and when a Clarke putt shaved the hole at the ninth, the Dungannon man found himself three behind at the turn, 10 under to Molinari's 13 under.

Clarke dropped another shot at the 11th and missed a short putt for a birdie at the 13th as he failed to put pressure on the Italian leader.

The Dungannon man recovered from a wayward iron shot to secure a par-four at the 14th, and finished with a birdie at the 17th and a bogey at the 18th.

"The conditions were tough and I was on the back foot early on, with my bad start at the second and third holes," said Clarke.

"I struggled to turn it round and make something happen and didn't play well enough to give myself some chances.

"If I'd been offered second place at the start of the tournament I'd probably have taken it but given that I was only a shot behind I'm disappointed not to have challenged more strongly for the win.

"I played well for the first three rounds and hopefully I can reproduce that form at St Andrews."



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