Justin Rose prevails in Scottish Open
England’s Justin Rose impressed in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen, which saw him card a six under 65 for a 16-under total.
Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg (66) finished second on 14 under, securing a spot at next week's Open at Hoylake with home favourite Scott Jamieson (64) and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (68) also joining him after finishing in the top 10.
Rose shared the overnight lead with Marc Warren, whose challenge dwindled more as the game progressed until finally finishing third after a 70 for 11 under overall.
Stephen Gallacher was an unsurprising fan favourite and he gave his supporters something to cheer by shooting a record-equalling 63 to finish tied for fourth on 10 under – alongside Matteo Manassero (65), Shane Lowry (66) and Hatton.
Jamieson finished tied for eighth place on nine under with American Rickie Fowler (65) and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson (66) following close behind.
Phil Mickelson was unable to retain the title he won last year, finishing a shot further back on 65.
Rory McIlroy toiled throughout and never really showed any inventiveness on the greens. He finished the game with 67 and finishing on seven under.
Rose played a near faultless final round which included six birdies – ensuring he was in the 60’s in all four rounds this week.
"It's a privilege to win this great championship," Rose told BBC Sport. "This is my first professional win in Scotland so it means a lot.
"This is a great tournament - there's definitely something special about playing golf up here and the golfing crowd are so knowledgeable - I've really got to love this course."
Scottish Open Final Leaderboard:
-16 J Rose (Eng)
-14 K Broberg (Swe)
-11 M Warren (Sco)
-10 S Gallacher (Scot), M Manassero (Ita), S Lowry (Ire), T Hatton (Eng)
-9 S Jamieson (Sco), R Fowler (US), R Karlsson (Swe)
Selected others -8 P Mickelson (US); -7 P Casey (Eng), L Donald (Eng); -3 P Harrington (Ire), P Lawrie (Sco)