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The Open 2010: Tiley departs Open feeling sour

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Steven Tiley in action earlier in the Open Championship at St Andrews
This was Tiley's first appearance at the Open as a professional

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at St Andrews

Kent's Steven Tiley cut a disconsolate figure after suffering a bogey/bogey finish to the 2010 Open Championship.

Tiley went into the weekend in third place at St Andrews, still on six under halfway though his second round.

But he 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 for the week.

"It's left a sour taste in my mouth. To finish bogey/bogey has not put me in the best frame of mind," said Tiley.

"I'm very disappointed with that."

In only his second Open, the 27-year-old from Herne Bay made his name with Thursday's stunning six-under 66 on the opening day. But playing in the last group out in Friday's delayed, wind-torn second round disrupted his flow.

And, from the moment he went to bed so late on Friday night, things did not go well the next morning.

"I didn't get off to the best start," he said. "I'd only had three or four hours' sleep and then my courtesy car driver never turned up. Slept in apparently and my friend had to give me a lift."

The end result was a tired array of seven dropped shots in as many holes, an inward 43 and the end of his competitive involvement in this tournament.

606: DEBATE

Tiley, well used to playing links golf from his days playing Royal Cinque Ports on the east Kent coast, came out again later in the day to restore his spirits with a 73.

But then, just when he looked to match the card in his final round on Sunday, having cancelled out a bogey at 4 with a birdie at 8, he dropped shots at the last two holes - one of only a select few to have suffered the indignity of dropping a shot at 18 this week.

Now the still ambitious Tiley finds himself swapping the £4.2m prize pot on offer this week for Thursday's next Challenge Tour event at Colchester, where he will be teeing it up in pursuit of a more meagre first prize of £24,000.

But he also knows that, if he can sustain this sort of consistency, then much greater rewards wait on a regular basis.

"I know I did not have much luck with the draw," he said. "And it could have been worse. I might have been packing my bags. Not everyone makes it through to the Saturday of an Open.

"But this week has proved that I can compete at the top and I'm just looking to get back in the mix.

"I've proved I can play at this level. Now I just need to sustain it a bit better, improve my ranking on the Challenge Tour and, if I can't get my tour card that way, then I will have to go to Tour School."



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