Kiwi golfer Fox fourth at Scottish Open

Ian Poulter

Shinkwin, 24, looked set to break his duck as he took a one-shot lead going to the 18th tee, but his bogey saw him tie with Cabrera Bello on 13 under par and the Ryder Cup star won at the first extra hole.

Cabrera-Bello's approach, by contrast, was near ideal, and he left Shinkwin with a pressure putt from around six foot. Cabrera Bello eventually defeated Shinkwin in a playoff.

Both men found the middle of the fairway on the first play-off hole, but Shinkwin, who was up first, yet again pushed his approach shot left of the green in nearly a carbon copy of the shot he'd hit around 20 minutes earlier.

"It's been a very good week", he said. I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure every time I was up there contending.

"Rachel and I were meant to be off to NY tomorrow morning, but pretty happy to be going to Birkdale and my first major", he said.

England's Andrew Wall tied Dodt for fourth place, but the Queenslander clinched the final spot at The Open due to his higher position in the world rankings.

Rory McIlroy practised early, and admitted afterwards that his efforts to get back on track following two missed halfway cuts in a row are being hampered by the fact he's still not completely recovered from the rib injury that disrupted the first half of his season.

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"I have been fighting for this win for many years", he said. I had no shot, really. Seeking his third major win of the year, the 59-year German had a one-shot lead before dropping his tee shot in the water on No. 17.

He also secured himself a spot in the field for this week's British Open.

Shinkwin's consolation prize - as well as a £598,000 cheque - is a place in The Open at Royal Birkdale where he will be joined by Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who came third on 10 under thanks to a 66. "It might be the only time I get the chance to defend the Open, so I intend to make the most of it".

"I feel that I played some of the best golf of my life today".

"I played the same all the time", he said with a smile.

Not since the scheduled Champions' Challenge at the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews had to be cancelled has a big event in Scotland witnessed such dire conditions. "We knew it was going to be really tough today but I didn't think they would be quite as bad as they were".

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