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Poulter heading out for final round in 'right state of mind'.

Poulter heading out for final round in 'right state of mind'.

The par three sixth provided his shot of the day after he went out of bounds from the tee.

"I executed it perfectly", Cabrera Bello said.

But the Englishman took four shots from the edge of the green to drop into a tie with Cabrera-Bello, 33, on 13 under par overall.

Dodt, who had been scheduled to fly to NY on Monday for a holiday with his wife, finished on eight under par alongside Wall, Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar and Ryan Fox.

Few are as cool as Couples, including Ryan Fox - but the New Zealander now has a hole-in-three of his own. Not only because of Shinkwin's collapse, but a piece of good fortune he got at the last in regulation play that was verging on the grotesque. "I was starting to feel a little pressure every time I was up there contending. Today wasn't easy at times but I'm in and here we go", Dodt said.

HE MAY have started the final round of the Scottish with a share of the lead, but in the end a tie for fourth was all Andrew Dodt needed to qualify for the British Open. He narrowly missed but tapped in for a birdie meaning Shinkwin had a putt to keep the playoff alive.

Shinkwin fluffed the chip and missed the putt to go into a play-off with Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello, who won at the first extra hole. End of the day, I am more than happy to finish second even if the win was on my mind.

Hopefully, Shinkwin will get over his 15 minutes of madness and draw on all the brilliant golf he played. "I've won before and I have been up there so many, many times with things not really working out for myself".

All of which was a far cry from the impressive young man from Watford just north of London who shot rounds of 67-68-72-68 over the 7,242-yard Ayrshire links and, alongside fellow last-minute qualifiers Matthieu Pavon of France and Australian Andrew Dodt, claimed a coveted spot in this week's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The win is Cabrera Bello's third Tour victory and earned him whopping first prize cheque of £900,000. I knew the Open spot was right on the line.

"I'm prepared for playing links golf, it was nice to have the Irish Open last week and then the Scottish Open".

Poulter was seeking a 14th worldwide win - and first since November 2012 - but was always playing catch-up after three-putting Nos.

"Of course I was nervous but to be fair it was nothing like what everyone probably thinks".

The Scottish Open is the European Tour's final tuneup for The Open Championship.


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