Tough tests for Gareth Wright and Neil Fenwick

Superb: Edinburgh's Neil Fenwick closed with a 76, a shot ahead of Jose Maria Olazabal in the Johnnie Walker Championship. Picture: Getty Images
Superb: Edinburgh's Neil Fenwick closed with a 76, a shot ahead of Jose Maria Olazabal in the Johnnie Walker Championship. Picture: Getty Images
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EDINBURGH-BASED duo Gareth Wright and Neil Fenwick left Gleneagles at the conclusion of the Johnnie Walker Championship heading in opposite directions.

Wright is bound for Newport, where he’ll tee up in a European Tour event for the second week running after securing an invite for the ISPS Handa Wales Open, starting on Thursday.

And Fenwick has moved on to Meldrum House near Aberdeen, where the Northern Open, one of the Tartan Tour majors, got underway this morning.

Wright is heading into his latest top-level test full of confidence after following up his success in making the cut in The Open by achieving the feat for the second time in three years in Perthshire.

Joint-38th in 2011, he finished just outside the top 50 on this occasion after rounds of 69, 72, 70 and 71.

Wright’s last-day effort was a rollercoaster ride as he went out in 41 before reeling off six birdies on the spin from the 12th coming home.

“It was a real mixed bag today,” admitted the West Linton star. “But I feel my game is there to compete at any level – I just need to cut out the mistakes.”

Fenwick’s first European Tour star saw him card a superb six-under 66 in the second round.

The 25-year-old then started birdie-eagle in the third round before hurting his arm.

“My forearm tightened up when I was messing around with my putter on the eighth,” he said. “I think it was caused by the fact I’d been practising so hard during the week, and for three holes I couldn’t stop hitting it left.

“I needed treatment after finishing on Saturday then twice on Sunday morning.”

Disappointed he missed out on playing with 2012 Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal in the final round, Fenwick closed with a 76 to finish a shot ahead of the Spaniard in 71st.

“It was a really enjoyable week,” said the former Dunfermline defender, who did his PGA training at Dunbar before deciding to have a crack at playing full-time.