Stone storms to Scots win

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HOT SHOT: Brandon Stone shows off the Scottish Open trophy. Credit: @ScottishOpen/Twitter

SOUTH African Brandon Stone broke the Gullane course record with a final round of 60 to win the Scottish Open by four shots.

Stone, 25, almost became the first player ever to score a round of 59 on a European Tour, missing a birdie putt on the 18th.

“The first time I knew I had the opportunity (to score 59) was when I was walking on to the 18th green,” he said.

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After missing out on a piece of history, Stone’s round is the 29th recorded 60 in a European Tour.

However, he was still understandably elated with his win:

“To stand here as the Scottish Open champion is really incredible,” said Stone.

“The attitude was spectacular all week, my caddie obviously kept me very calm and level headed, not only today but the entire week.”

Englishman Eddie Pepperell had led for much of the final day, but had to settle for second on 16 under-par.

The 27 year-old from Oxford, was due to be part of BBC Radio 5 live’s pundit coverage of the Open Championship at Carnoustie, but his Scottish Open result means he qualifies to play in the tournament.

“I was looking forward to commentating for a couple of days,” said Pepperell.

“But who knows, maybe I can at the weekend,” he joked.

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