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The Open 2018: Sam Locke, 19, wins Silver Medal, is final Scot standing at Carnoustie

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The Open 2018: Sam Locke, 19, wins Silver Medal, is final Scot standing at Carnoustie

Younger Scottish novice Sam Locke made the reduce by a shot
The 147th Open Championship
Venue: Carnoustie, Scotland Dates: 19-22 July
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Sam Locke, the teenage novice from Stonehaven, gained two prizes in a single after making the reduce on the Open Championship proper on the bubble at three over par.

On the day that Sandy Lyle mentioned farewell to the Open with a birdie on the 18th gap that introduced roars of appreciation if not a spot within the area for the weekend, Locke assured himself the Silver Medal for the championship’s main novice, on condition that no different novice made it by.

The final time Scotland gained the Silver Medal was 13 years in the past when Lloyd Saltman secured it at St Andrews. On high of that, Locke, the product of the Paul Lawrie Basis and a part-time espresso store employee at Lawrie’s golf centre in Aberdeen, would be the main Scot after his countrymen Lyle, Russell Knox, Scott Jamieson and Grant Forrest all missed the reduce.

For a lot of the day, it regarded like no Scot would make it, a humiliation that has solely ever occurred as soon as (2006) in your complete historical past of the Open. {The teenager} made certain that one other piece of grim historical past was not written.

Locke’s day started early and it completed late as he awaited phrase of his destiny. The novice adopted up his opening spherical 72 with a second-round 73 to complete on three over on the midway stage.

“Hopefully the rain pours down and the wind comes,” the 19-year-old mentioned after his spherical.

His plea for inclement climate fell on deaf ears, however he survived regardless. Similar to Lyle on Thursday, Locke was within the opening threeball at Carnoustie on Friday, rising from his slumber at 03:45 to make his tee time slightly below three hours later. It was fairly an journey for him. He bogeyed the second gap and double-bogeyed the third to sink to 4 over.

At that time you’d have drawn a line by his title as a contender for low Scot, low novice and Silver Medal winner.

“I had a foul begin and felt like I needed to dig fairly deep to drag one thing again,” mentioned Locke. “I used to be getting a bit nervous and I believed simply maintain tramping away. You by no means know what’s across the nook on this recreation.”

He got here up with three straight birdies on 13, 14 and 15, then gave certainly one of them again on the treacherous 16th. Standing on the 18th he was proper on the then-cut mark of two over. The celebrated, and feared, 18th has dismantled the hopes of many males at Carnoustie and it bit Locke, too. A wayward drive put him in bother and would arrange a tall order on the inexperienced forward, an extended putt for par to maintain himself at two over. It missed by the width of a cigarette paper.

Locke will now emulate the illustrious winner of the Silver Medal the final time the Open was held at Carnoustie. An thrilling prospect from Northern Eire gained it on that event in 2007, a child by the title of Rory McIlroy.

‘No regrets’ for former champion Lyle

Except some sort of {golfing} miracle occurs and Lyle qualifies to play in subsequent 12 months’s championship, we is not going to see the veteran on this stage once more. The 1985 Claret Jug-winner signed off with a beautiful birdie on 18 for a nine-over complete and admitted he had a lump in his throat strolling up that remaining fairway.

Sandy Lyle salutes the gang as he leaves the primary tee at Carnoustie

“I used to be on cloud 9,” he mentioned. “It has been 40-plus years I’ve performed on this match.”

Truly, this was his 43rd Open. Solely Gary Participant has performed in it extra occasions than the Scot.

“I’ve no regrets,” he mentioned. “I’ve had run. If qualifying is up right here in Scotland and I am dwelling up right here, I would simply give it a run within the subsequent few years. That may be it.”

Forrest posted a 73 on Friday nevertheless it was not sufficient to restore the injury wrought by his opening spherical of 80.

Knox, the hero on the Irish Open a fortnight in the past, ran on empty all week right here and missed the reduce by a shot. He did not spare himself within the evaluation.

“I battled as onerous as I may,” the Inverness native mentioned. “I used to be ineffective, although. The final eight weeks caught up with me and I ran out of fuel. I felt nice on the golf course however my swing simply disappeared.

“I can rely on two palms what number of photographs I mishit in per week at most tournaments. The final two days I can rely on one hand what number of actually good photographs I hit. I simply did not have it.”

Knox will return to America on Monday to relaxation and regroup and proceed his bid for Ryder Cup selection in September. Locke, in the meantime, has some golf to play.

BBC Sport – Golf

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