Course record boost for Stephen Gallacher

Stephen Gallacher carded a 63 (Getty Images)
Stephen Gallacher carded a 63 (Getty Images)
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Stephen Gallacher is hoping his putter stays hot for Hoylake after claiming a share of the Royal Aberdeen course record.

His eight-under-par 63 in the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trimmed a shot off Rory McIlroy’s opening effort in the Granite City. It earned Gallacher a share of the record after Chile’s Felipe Aguilar had also shot the lights out on a benign last day.

“I’m delighted with that – it was a great round today,” said the Lothians star after catapulting himself through the field to finish joint-fourth behind Justin Rose.

“I’ve played good all week but it was nice to go out and hole a few putts. I’m looking forward to taking that form on to Hoylake.”

Both Gallacher and Rose, who claimed a two-shot win after a closing 65, welcomed next year’s event being played at Gullane.

“It’s magic,” declared Gallacher. “I play it all the time in the winter. I just need to find out what the composite course is going to be and play it all the time with my pals.

“It’s a great track. It’s another proper old-fashioned links and if that’s the route they are going down with this event, then they’ve picked two crackers.”

Pledging to defend his title in East Lothian, Rose said: “I played the British Amateur at Gullane and Muirfield. It’s a great area for golf obviously and I look forward to it as this has been a very successful week for me.”