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Singh wins Scottish Open after playoff with Italy’s Molinari

Reuters, LONDON

India’s Jeev Milkha Singh kisses the trophy after winning the Scottish Open after an extra-hole playoff at Castle Stuart, Scotland, on Sunday.

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India’s Jeev Milkha Singh won the Scottish Open in a playoff with Italy’s Francesco Molinari on Sunday after Britain’s Marc Warren blew a three-shot lead with four holes to play.

Singh also took the last qualifying place for next week’s Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes in England.

The 40-year-old began the day five shots off the lead, but he hit a final-round 67 to force a playoff with overnight pacesetter Molinari.

He then hit a 12-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to win his fourth European Tour title and a check for 518,046 euros (US$634,300).

“The last three, four years have been a struggle for me with the injuries,” Singh said. “It has been really tough — frustrating more than anything else. You feel like your game is coming back and another injury creeps up, but I just stuck myself in there and said that you need to work on the physical side, and I worked hard on that.”

“Everything has paid off, and I just want to think about the good things and not what’s past, and I want to look towards the future now,” he said.

Warren’s chances of success ended in a meltdown as he hit a double-bogey on the 15th and a bogey on the 16th, then dropped another shot at the 17th to finish in a tie for third.

World No. 1 Luke Donald began the day four shots off the lead, but hit a final-round 73 to finish in a tie for 16th.

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