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Open & shut: Jeev slips in last round

Jeev Milkha Singh erred in the last round of the Scottish Open and with it squandered an opportunity to feature at this year's British Open.

other Updated: Jul 13, 2008 23:45 IST

Jeev Milkha Singh erred in the last round of the Scottish Open and with it squandered an opportunity to feature at this year's British Open. Jeev, who began the day at tied third with hopes of qualifying for the Major, ended the final round at tied ninth. His score, one over for the day, wasn't good enough to push him to put him in the top-five bracket, a requirement to feature at the Open. Jeev hit three bogeys against two birdies.

While Jeev hit snag, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell claimed the biggest win of his career and almost certainly a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team with victory in the tournament.

McDowell shot a final round 68 to finish the tournament at 13 under par, two shots clear of South African James Kingston (66), earning himself the biggest cheque of his career - 500,000 pounds (one million dollars).

"This is just unbelievable, it really was a tough weekend's golf and it is a massive relief," McDowell said. "I have never had a two-shot lead coming up the last in a professional tournament and I have to say I prefer it to the play-offs."

Australian left-hander Richard Green (69) and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez (69) tied for third place a shot further back while Englishman Simon Khan, who had shared the overnight lead with McDowell, slipped to fifth place after a disappointing final round of 72.

Khan had the consolation of booking the last available place in next week's British Open at Royal Birkdale, a slot he could secure by getting up and down from the greenside rough on the 18th hole.

Leaderboard: Graeme McDowell 271 (67, 70, 66, 68), James Kingston 273 (70, 70, 67, 66), Richard Green 274 (67, 68, 70, 69), Miguel Angel Jimenez 274 (68, 69, 68, 69), Simon Khan 275 (69, 66, 68, 72), Robert Dinwiddie 276 (68, 68, 71, 69), Stephen Gallacher 276 (72, 68, 72, 64), Francesco Molinari 276 (69, 68, 72, 67), Ernie Els 277 (72, 66, 70, 69), Paul Lawrie 277 (68, 67, 72, 70), Alvaro Quiros 277 (69, 70, 74, 64), Jeev Milkha Singh 277 (68, 68, 69, 72), Oliver Wilson 277 (71, 66, 71, 69)

Atwal slumps to tied 65th

Bridgeport (USA): Arjun Atwal's form slump continued and he carded a four-over 76 in the penultimate round of Nationwide Tour Players Cup to slide to the tied 65th spot in the US$ one million event here.

The Orlando-based golfer, who is trying to earn back his PGA Tour card, has a three-round total of three-over 219 at the Pete Dye Golf Club.

A 10th tee starter, Atwal was off the blocks with a birdie but a bogey on the 11th and a double bogey on the 13th pulled him back.

He recovered to fire back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th but it was undone by a front nine slump, during which he dropped a stroke on the fourth hole and added to his woes with a double bogey on the eighth hole.

At the top, Rick Price grabbed a one-stroke lead after firing a 66 that took his total to 15-under 201. Price was followed a stroke behind by Chris Anderson (66).

David Brandshaw took the third spot a shot behind Anderson after carding a seven-under 65.