Disappointment for golfer Marc
Frustrating end to the Open after early show
Marc Warren endured another disappointing final two rounds in The Open at St Andrews, after threatening to land his first major title at the halfway stage.
The world number 56 was within touching distance of the lead after the weather-delayed first two rounds, sitting just three shots behind halfway leader Dustin Johnson on seven under par.
He was paired in the second last group alongside fellow Scot Paul Lawrie for the third round.
But, despite getting to nineunder by the 11th, two bogeys led to a disappointing level par round of 72 in good scoring conditions and left him five shots behind going into the last round.
Marc, who used to live in Cambuslang, followed that up in the first Monday round at the Open since 1988 with a 74, finally finishing in a tie for 40th.
In his final round, he scored two bogeys at the third and fourth holes at a time when the rest of the field was shooting low on the Old Course’s outward half.
His tournament had echoes of 12 months ago when he started well at Royal Liverpool but again feel away over the weekend.
It was a frustrating weekend for the Rutherglen-born star, who didn’t hit a ball on Saturday due to high winds.
The tournament was eventually won by American Zach Johnson, who beat South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Australia’s Marc Leishman in a four-hole play-off.
Despite the disappointment, Marc believes being involved at the business end of the tournament will stand him in good stead: “You don’t want to go backwards any weekend, never mind when you’re in a good position at The Open.
“But it’s just one of those things. The game just wasn’t there unfortunately.
“There’s still another Major to play with the USPGA and this is just moving into the second half of the year. If I play well I can make a move up the rankings.”
Marc is next scheduled to tee it up in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at the Murcar Links in Aberdeen on July 30 and is looking good to qualify for the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational in America on August 6.
He has already secured his spot in this year’s final major, the USPGA at Whistling Straits on August 13.
Frustrated Marc Warren on the final day of The Open