Inverness, Scotland Luke Donald shot a 9-under 63 to win his first Scottish Open by four strokes, cementing his position as the world’s top-ranked player in dominant fashion.
The 33-year-old Englishman was a shot behind a trio of players sharing the lead going into the third and final round at the Castle Stuart links course but rolled in nine birdies to cruise home ahead of Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed, who fired a 62 — the week’s lowest score — and finished at 15 under.
Donald’s third victory of the year will provide him with a perfect tonic ahead of the British Open at Royal St. George’s starting Thursday, where he’ll attempt to land his first major.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson finished in a six-way tie for third at 14 under, clinching a qualifying berth for the Open.
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a second-round 2-under-par 70 for a 1-under-par total of 143 and tied for 97th.