Dis­ap­point­ment for golfer Marc

Frus­trat­ing end to the Open af­ter early show

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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