India's Anirban Lahiri finished the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open golf tournament with a superb six-under 66 that he gave him a lot of positives on the eve of The Open, the third Major of the year, next week at Royal Birkdale.
He had rounds 76-67-76-66 for a total of three-under 285 and he may well finish around 30th when the event ends late at Dundonald Links. His last event on European Tour was the Hero Indian Open at home in March.
"There are a lot of positive that I take from this week. The week began with the official mail from R&A saying I was in for the Open and my goal was to get in some good preparation for Birkdale. I think I managed that," Lahiri said.
Lahiri had seven birdies on third, fourth, seventh, eighth, 10th and 11th.
"That was fun, getting the birdies in pairs. That gives you a momentum," added Lahiri, who had a seventh birdie on 13th.
But over the last five holes he could not hole any more, missing a couple of makeable putts and on Par-5 18th. His second shot fell just short and the ball rolled into the water.
"Two more feet and I would have had a putt for eagle," said Lahiri. He managed par.
With the weather perfect, Lahiri said he hit it freely and tried to hit as many different kinds of shots as possible.
"I wanted to try them all in competition. So having done that on a good scoring day and also scored well, I am feeling very good going into the next week," he said.
Australia's Andrew Dodt, whose two European wins have come outside of Europe - in India and in Thailand - pulled two ahead at one stage.
A birdie on first and fourth saw him move to 11-under before he dropped a shot on fifth.
Overnight co-leaders, Callum Shinkwin (par after six) and Ian Poulter (one-over after five) fell back.
Making a move was Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who was four-under through nine on the final day for a total of nine-under with the back stretch remaining.
Cabrera-Bello has won twice and his last title came in Dubai in 2012.
Padraig Harrington, who won the Open when it was last played at Birkdale in 2009, bounced back from third day's 79 and was five-under through 16 for a total of seven-under to move from overnight tied-23 to tied seventh. He had two more holes to play.
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