Well that's all from us here at Castle Stuart. We hope you have enjoyed the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open over the past four days. It's been a great week up here in the Highlands, and a great winner so our congratulations to our champion Phil Mickelson. Live Blog taking a break for a few weeks but we'll be back later in the summer. Until then, well done Phil!


Trophy presentation for Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open


Mickelson completes dramatic victory

Phil Mickelson went from agony to ecstasy to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after a play-off with Branden Grace.


With this win - Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson captures his first European Tour victory in a regular European Tour event at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.


Nice photo for the family album

Phil Mickelson

with his wife Amy and children Evan, Amanda (R) and Sophia after his victory on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff during the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links



Day 4 Highlights - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open


Highliights of a thrilling final day at Castle Stuart coming up next on the Live Blog.


Phil Mickelson - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Champion


Interview with Phil Mickelson up next - winner of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open


Branden Grace - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Runner-up


Here comes our runner-up Branden Grace., talking to European Tour News.


Here's what JB Hansen had to say after his heroic final round.




J B Hansen lit up the final day and we have an interview with him coming up shortly.


While we wait to hear from our champion, here's what Gareth Maybin had to say after his round.

Gareth Maybin (-14) - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Day 4




Mickelson climbs back into the top 5 of the World Ranking with that win.


We will be hearing from the 2013 champion very shortly so stay with us.


What drama here at Castle Stuart and Phil Mickelson wins the title with a birdie four in the first play-off hole to win the title at the 11th time of asking. It's his first regular European Tour victory, first win in Europe since winning a Challenge Tour event in Paris in 1993 and what a lift heading to The Open at Muirfield.


What a finish.


He has 25 feet or so, breaking right to left, and good attempt but runs by the hole. Phil Mickelson is the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Champion.


Grace has to hole this putt to stay in the game.


Phil up next, very tight lie and let's see what magic he can conjure up. Oh my word, it is brilliant, genius chip to just a few inches, spinning it back. Magic.


Good shot out of the rough from Grace but needed one more bounce as pulls up just short. But on the green


If Grace wins it will be his second victory in Scotland. His last triumph was the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.


Grace laying it up on the top of the plateau on the 18th with an iron but finds the light rough on the right of the fairway. Not ideal. Mickelson aiming to hit it 226 and goes with a wood and he is pretty close to the grass bunker on front right of the green but looks to be in good shape.


The two drives are only yards apart and they both have 301 yards to the front. Bizarrely they seemed to have lost the tee boxes when they returned to the 18th tee so they might as well have started here!


Branden Grace won the Volvo Golf Champions in a play-off at the Links at Fancourt against Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.


This is the sixth play-off of the season by the way, and Mickelson also hits a good drive. Both in good shape and nearly identical.


Branden Grace has the honour. and nails a drive down the left.


Phil Mickelson has been in a play-off for the Scottish Open before, losing out to Gregory Havret in 2007.


If you are on the leaderboard, come on over to the LIVE BLOG to see how the play-off unfolds.


So we have a play-off between Phil Mickelson and Branden Grace for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title


Oh my goodness, he misses the return! Three putts the last as he pulls the return putt, might have been four feet and we have a tie


Mickelson runs his first putt three feet past or so.


150 yards from Mickelson and he hits it pin high to left edge of the green 20 feet or so from the pin. Two putts for the title.


Mickelson has 311 to the pin for his second shot from the 18th fairway. And he lays up. finds the fairway.


Branden Grace, from 40 feet or so, rolls it up to three feet fo a back nine of 32 and a closing 69. At 17 under par he sets the clubhouse target.


Great three from Phil Mickelson on the 17th as he holes from ten feet on the par three after chipping from a long way short - must have been best part of 60 yards. Keeps his nose in front playing the final hole as he leads by one from Branden Grace.


Ah - that's a real shame as JB Hansen misses his par putt on the last from four feet or so. But what a performance by the 22 year old Dane. Remarkable play and I think we will see a lot more of this young man. Terrific fightback from his early nine and all credit to him,


Two very good weeks for Gareth Maybin and he will go off to Muirfield with confidence on a high. Tied eighth last week at Le Golf National and then currently tied fifth here today. Very impressive, especially his 64 in the third round which equalled the low round of the week.


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Access All Areas - Happy Gilmore comes to Castle Stuart




Ouch - Stenson misses from three feet on the 16th and falls two behind his playing partner with two to play. It's Mickelson out in front, trying to win his first regular European Tour event and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at the 11th attempt.


Branden Grace is only one off the lead after his birdie on the 16th and gunning for a fifth European Tour title after his four wins last year. He would be the fourth South African to win this title after Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Tim Clark if he does lift the trophy.


JB Hansen - Holes 2-10 - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Day 4


JB Hansen has been the story of the final day as he bounced back from the nine on his second hole - have a look through his run of holes from the second to the tenth on the LIVE BLOG.


And here's how Lefty took the outright lead on the 14th!





Here's how Mickelson made birdie on the 12th a little earlier.

Mickelson birdie on 12 - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Day 4




Phil Mickelson hits the front with four holes to play with his seventh birdie of the round - pitching to ten feet and knocking it in for the lead on his own at 18 under par with four holes to play.


Indeed. Great performance from Brooks, who is now up to joint 11th at ten under par. This week was his first tournament as a fully fledged European Tour member after being automatically promoted to The European Tour after his three wins on the Challenge Tour, the last of which was here in Scotland at the Scottish Hydro Challenge.


Martin Laird (-14) - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Day 4


Martin Laird has been talking to European Tour News after his 68 for a 14 under par total and for you Scots fans following the leaderbaord, the interview is now available over on the LIVE BLOG


30 footer from Mickelson on the 12th takes him within one of the lead. A win this week could take him back into the World's top five from eighth.


Scotland's Martin Laird posts the second sub 70 round of the final day and lowest so far as he completes a back nine of 31. That will please the fans and his sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management. We'll be hearing from his shortly on the LIVE BLOG.


Stenson holes from five feet on the tenth and 15 feet on the 11th to regain the lead. He has shot 32 on the back nine on all three previous rounds this week. Mickelson follows him in from five feet and that's his fourth birdie in a run of eight holes and his 21st birdie in total this week. Mickelson two behind Stenson with JB Hansen sandwiched in between.


And JB Hansen rolls in another putt on the tenth from 12 feet and he leads by one. He is level threes for his eight holes since the 9 on the second and now leading the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. A graduate from last year's Challenge Tour after finishing fourth in the Rankings, he is aiming to become the first rookie to win since Ricardo Santos won last year's Madeira Islands Open - Portugal BPI.


Some card that of JB Hansen's over the front nine and well worth another look.

Hansen card through 9




Congratulations to Victor Riu for his maiden win in the Swiss Challenge.

Victor victorious in Switzerland

Victor Riu overcame a nervous start to claim his maiden Challenge Tour title at the Swiss Challenge, posting a final round one under par 70 to win by three shots.



Stenson three putts the seventh, his second three putt of the final round, for a second bogey and he drops back into share of the lead with JB Hansen and one ahead of Mickelson.


This is proving a great test at Castle Stuart and also great preparation for those playing in next week's Open Championship at Muirfield. The last two Open Champions played at Castle Stuart before going on to win the Claret Jug so if that run is going to continue, next week's champion will have to come from the list of the following 44 players:-

Aiken, Aphibarnrat, Bjorn, Bourdy, Cabrera-Bello, Clarke, Colsaerts, De la Riva, Els, Fasth, O Fisher, Floren, Fraser, Gallacher, Goya, Grace, Harrington, Ilonen, Jaidee, Jamieson, Jimenez, Koepka, Laird, Paul Lawrie, Lowry, Lyle, Lynn, Manassero, Maybin, McEvoy, Mickelson, F Molinari, Murray, Noren, Olesen, Quiros, Ramsay, Siem, Stenson, Sterne, Warren, Wiesberger, Willett, Wood.


JB Hansen holes another birdie putt - knocking it in from 15 feet on the seventh. This is incredible from the rookie Dane as he moves within a shot of the lead. Makes a nine on the second and then reels off five straight birdies! Currently 304th in the world and playing only his 23rd European Tour event. His best finish on Tour is joint 28th, at St Omer last year, and joint 30th at the Nordea Masters this year.


Phil Mickelson back in the hunt with back to back birdies. He hasn't made a par yet in his first five holes but back within two of the lead. Mickelson, who lost a play-off for this title to Gergory Havret at Loch Lomond in 2007,  has only won once on European soil before - in the 1993 Tournoi Perrier Paris on the European Challenge Tour!


Stenson still the man to catch as he bids to win his first title since the 2012 SA Open and become the third Swede to win this title. A win would lift him back into the top 25 of the Official World Ranking. At one stage he was as high as World Number Four.


Some bounce back from JB Hansen. Makes a quadruple nine up the second after taking two penalty drops on his way up the hole and falls seven shots off the lead. But rather than disappearing without trace, he hits back with four birdies on the bounce to get back to level par for the round and back within two of the lead. Terrific in this wind.


Access All Areas - Golfing Gurus


We always like to give you a little flavour of what goes on behind the scenes with Access All Areas, so here's a little clip from the range, featuring Pete Cowen, coach to Henrik Stenson among others.


At last - first sub-70 round of the day as Marcel Siem posts a 69 he as moved up to joint seventh at 11 under par having started the day at tied 35th.


Not the start that Phil Mickelson would have wanted with a double bogey on the opening hole. It's been playing the second toughest hole of the final day but a topped second shot from Phil out of the rough and then three putts with a horseshoe from three feet caps a pretty horrible opening hole. Stenson makes the par four and they are off and running.


As Henrik Stenson heads down the first, here's a look at his Genworth stats. He is performing the best of all the players from tee to green by quite some margin. He ranks 2nd for Driving Accuracy (37/42 fairways), 1st for Driving Distance (averaging 326 yards) and 5th for Greens in Regulation (47/54 greens), plus he has hit seven of the Par 5 greens in sub regulation (two shots).

Henrik Stenson Stats




Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson are now underway and here we go. 25 players have finished now and not one has broken 70. It's a tough day out there. Updates on the LIVE BLOG throughout the afternoon.


As Phil Mickelson heads to the first tee, here's a look at his stats. Yesterday he converted six birdies over his last eleven holes for a bogey free third round 66. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 43 year old

Phil Mickelson stats



hitting it long off the tee, but with a little less accuracy compared to Stenson. His approach play is looking solid with 44/54 Greens in Regulation and he has scrambled for par 9/10 times when missing the green. Phil also ranks 1st for Par 4 Scoring with a 3.70 average.


Mickelson and Stenson warm up at Castle Stuart


As Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson head to the tee, LIVE BLOG brings a little clip of them warming up moments ago.


Excitement building here at Castle Stuart - so here's a little taster of what lies ahead.




Access All Areas - Day 4 Preview


Look ahead to the final day with Access All Areas, now in the LIVE BLOG


Lot tougher out there today with a stiff wind. None of the first 14 players to finish have broken 70.


Lot of people fancy Branden Grace this afternoon. Winner of four European Tour events last year, including links victory here in Scotland with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship so plenty of experience. He got off to a flying start today with four birdies in the first five holes yesterday, then continued on to finish with a third round 66. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 25 year old  is looking solid across the board, but we must draw attention to his performance on the greens. He ranks 1st for Putts per GIR, 2nd for Putts per Round and 1st for 1 Putts per Round, so he definitely has his eye in on the greens.

Branden Grace stats






As we wait for the leaders to take to the course, here's a recap of yesterday's action.

Day 3 Highlights - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open




J B Hansen in unchartered territory this season. He lies 175th on the Race to Dubai but having a terrific week here at Castle Stuart and everything to play for. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 22 year old Dane is averaging 313 yards off the tee and hitting 83.3% of the Greens in Regulation, plus he ranks inside the top ten in each of the three putting categories. It is all leading to good scoring across the different hole types (being the Par 3’s / Par 4’s / Par 5’s).

Hansen stats





Only four of the top ten players are currently in the field for next week's Open - Henrik Stenson, Brendan Grace, Phil Mickelson and Gareth Maybin. The remainder all need to win to earn that final spot on the field for Muirfield.


Big day for lot of players including John Parry. The 26 year old is performing steadily with the longer clubs and his touch on and around the greens seems to be very sharp. He ranks 3rd for Scrambles and 2nd for Putts per Round, plus he ranks 1st for Par 4 Scoring. Interestingly though, his Par 3 Scoring is much worse, so perhaps the Castle Stuart Par 3’s don’t quite fit his eye.

Parry Stats




Here's the par three set up today comapred to the last three days and stimp once again running at 10'

Day 4 set up




Day 4 pins




Round 4 pins up now on the LIVE BLOG


Here's Phil Mickelson's stats

Tournament Stats



Par 3 Scoring



Par 4 Scoring



Par 5 Scoring



Eagles per Rnd



Birdies per Rnd



Pars per Rnd



Bogeys per Rnd



Others per Rnd



Par 5's in 2




Phil Mickelson is out in the final group today. He converted six birdies over his last eleven holes for a bogey free third round 66 yesterday. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 43 year old Hall of Famer from the United States is hitting it long off the tee, but with a little less accuracy compared to Stenson. His approach play is looking solid with 44/54 Greens in Regulation and he has scrambled for par 9/10 times when missing the green. Phil also ranks 1st for Par 4 Scoring with a 3.70 average


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An awkward lie

Niclas Fasth's ball landed in a woman's shoe on the 18th hole during the third round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open - sure this would make some sort of caption competition!



We’ve got a few hours before Henrik Stenson takes to the course so here’s a quick glance at his Genworth Stats. He converted seven birdies against a single bogey on his way to a third round 66, to lead by two and the 37 year old Swedish golfer is performing the best of all the players from tee to green by quite some margin. He ranks 2nd for Driving Accuracy (37/42 fairways), 1st for Driving Distance (averaging 326 yards) and 5th for Greens in Regulation (47/54 greens), plus he has hit seven of the Par 5 greens in sub regulation (two shots).


Up until about 30 seconds ago, there was a solitary player over par but thanks to an eagle three on the second by Lee Slattery, every player is now in the red.



Get the lowdown from Castle Stuart with this special edition of Global Golf Post. Always a good read.


Good morning from a cool and blustery Castle Stuart for the final day of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The first pairing - Lee Slattery and Thorbjorn Olesen - are just heading out to get the final round underway. Plenty of action ahead of us and you can join in on the blog via twitter using the #ETLIVEBLOG

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
2GRACE, BrandenRSA18-17
T3STENSON, HenrikSWE18-15
T5LAIRD, MartinSCO18-14
T5MAYBIN, GarethNIR18-14
T5PARRY, JohnENG18-14
T8COLSAERTS, NicolasBEL18-13
T8JACQUELIN, RaphaëlFRA18-13
T10SIEM, MarcelGER18-11


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