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Donald wins as McDowell stumbles

Luke Donald romped to the first win of his world number one reign with a brilliant performance in the Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart near Inverness, but Graeme McDowell's challenge for victory fell away sharply.

Four behind at the start of the day, Donald first of all narrowed that to one by completing a second round 67. Then, with the tournament cut to 54 holes because of all the rain delays, he closed with a 63 to finish four clear of the field on 19 under par.

McDowell was one of four leaders with a round to go alongside Scottish duo Scott Jamieson, and Peter Whiteford and Swede Peter Hanson. Jamieson was the only one to break 70.

Whiteford fell away with a 73 and McDowell was one worse than that after putting two balls in the gorse on the long 12th and running up a quadruple bogey.

Until then he had hopes of catching Donald. The Northern Irishman finished eight shots behind him back in 42nd place.


From Belfast Telegraph