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The Open 2010: Zane Scotland a picture of contentment

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at St Andrews

Zane Scotland
Scotland celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday

Zane Scotland was a fan of St Andrews' 18th hole even before his friends gave him a picture of it to mark his 28th birthday on Saturday night.

He had already birdied it three times this week and he duly made it four out of four on Sunday to complete a round of 74 and a tie for 55th on two over.

"My mates who are up here got me the picture," Scotland told BBC Sport.

"And it will be nice to one day look back and remember birdieing the last hole every day at the 2010 Open."

He added: "Making three there every day I can definitely say the hole has been good to me.

"And I was really pleased to round off an amazing week up here by getting another birdie there, especially after my mates got me that picture for my birthday and they all signed it."

A picture of the most famous view in golf is certainly a happier mental image for Scotland to take from his second Open Championship, following his first awful experience 11 years ago just across St Andrews Bay.

Scotland, playing in his first Open as a promising 16-year-old amateur, was certainly not the only one to suffer at brutal Carnoustie that week.

It's also a reminder to me of where I should be playing and it hopes this serves for me as a springboard to remembering what it's all about

Zane Scotland

He shot rounds of 82 and 81 to miss the cut - but still had 15 players behind him who had run up higher scores, including five Open champions, Bob Charles, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle and Tony Jacklin, as well as a young Sergio Garcia, who had a first day 89.

But Manchester-born Surrey golfer Scotland is now sure that this week's fun and games on the Old Course has wiped that experience from his memory bank.

"Although I played there, looking back, watching on TV, I didn't realise at the time maybe just how ridiculous the rough was and how hard it was.

"But being here this week has been a reminder of what the Open should be about.

"There's nothing like it, with the big crowds and the cheering.

"This is the best tournament in the world. This is what it's all about and to be at St Andrews in particular makes it even more special.

"Just being here on any normal day is great but to be here with all this going on is just magical.


"It's also a reminder to me of where I should be playing and it hopes this serves for me as a springboard to remembering what it's all about.

"I'm playing really well and could even have done better than I have."

Scotland did drop four shots on the final day in between his birdies at the first and the 18th, including another one at the Road Hole, where he does not have such a good record - five over for the week.

But his final birdie of the 2010 Open enabled him to match the efforts of his playing partner, winning 2008 Ryder Cup player Steve Stricker.

"It was great playing with Steve Stricker," said Scotland. "He's a nice guy and a good golfer and watching him showed me lots of things I can do to tidy up my own game."

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see also
Happy 28th birthday for Scotland
17 Jul 10 |  Golf
Scotland deserves Open break
15 Jul 10 |  Golf

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