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The Open 2010: Luke Donald happy with St Andrews finish

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Donald - I could sell that finish for quite a bit of money!

Luke Donald had plenty to smile about after a strong finish at St Andrews helped him finish as one of the highest-placed Britons at the Open.

The 32-year-old had floated in and out of contention but concluded his final round with eagle at the difficult 17th and then birdie at the 18th for a 69.

"I could sell that finish for quite a few pounds to anyone in the last two groups," Donald told BBC Sport.

Graeme McDowell ended up three under par while Ian Poulter was three over.

Midlander Robert Rock finished level with Donald at five under after a closing 69, securing qualification for the 2011 Open at Royal St George's in the process, while Bradley Dredge from Wales was on two under.

"It's massive not having to go through qualifying. It's great to have made the top 10," Rock told BBC Sport.

Darren Clarke ended up level par overall after a 71, with Ross Fisher shooting 74, good enough for one under and a share of 37th place.

"I'm disappointed to shoot two over," Fisher told BBC Sport. "But conditions this week have been tough and the final day pin positions were very tough.

"And, although I played decently, I did not get the breaks when I needed them."

US Open champion McDowell accepted he came into this week not at his peak after partying hard following his win at Pebble Beach.

The Northern Irishman fell back to three under at the finish having reached five under through 10 holes of his final round.

"I'm not quite myself at the minute in terms of getting my head screwed back on but after these last two weeks it could have been a lot worse," he said.

"I played beautifully today, the best I've played all week but I finished like an absolute amateur - three-putting 16 and four-putting 17.

"I didn't quite get the job finished and it has been a frustrating week. Tee to green I controlled my ball pretty well but I putted diabolically, which is unlike me on this type of green.

"I didn't clean up this week the way I cleaned up around Pebble Beach."

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Poulter also pointed to his form on the greens, telling BBC Sport: "I played lovely. I've just not been a good putter.

"I've now got two weeks off before going to Akron [for the Bridgestone Invitational], followed by the US PGA, then a week off, then it's time to start looking ahead to the Ryder Cup.

"And I'm actually carrying some form going in. I just need to start holing some putts. I'll grab a new wand for Akron and see what happens!"

Simon Dyson, who was 13th on the European Ryder Cup points list going into the tournament, completed a level-par 72 to finish on one over.

He will now enjoy a week off before resuming his challenge to make the side for the clash with the United States at Celtic Manor in October.

"There's only a handful of guys who have hit the ball as well as I have this week. But they've holed the putts and that's half the game," Dyson said.

"It's been a good week," he added. "I'd been playing all right coming up to this and I've actually hit it lovely for all four days.

"I just hope I can keep on playing like I am...but with a few putts dropping.

"I'm pleased with my game. I struck the ball really well and, if I keep playing like that, something will happen."

Stephen Gallacher was the best Scottish performer, shooting a one-under final round 71.

The 35-year was steady throughout his four days in St Andrews, ending the tournament on three-under-par.

"It's nice to be top Scot and I've got a lot of positives to take from the week," said Gallacher.

Colin Montgomerie finished on four-over-par, while Andrew Coltart, who was tied for third after the opening day, ended on five-over.

Kent's Steven Tiley cut a disconsolate figure after suffering a bogey/bogey finish in Fife.

Tiley went into the weekend in third place at St Andrews but blew up on Saturday morning's back nine to slump to a 79, before closing with rounds of 73 and 74 to end four over.

"It's left a sour taste in my mouth, to finish bogey/bogey has not put me in the best frame of mind. I'm very disappointed with that," said Tiley.

Simon Khan suffered a poor end to his Open week as he carded a two-over 74 to finish tied for 55th place. Zane Scotland was also tied for 55th after a final-round 74.



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Gallacher pleased to be top Scot
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Coltart back in the big time
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Donald climbs up Open field again
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Fisher push does not materialise
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Scotland a picture of contentment
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Poulter still loves St Andrews
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Dyson blames it all on his putter
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Khan happy to be in major league
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