A short putt miss conceded the Scottish Open crown for Tommy Fleetwood as the tournament favourite lost out to first time champion Aaron Rai.
Southport’s very own Tommy Fleetwood, tipped to take the title in Aberdeen this week, missed a short putt for par on the first extra hole at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
Fleetwood looked favourite in the play-off when he split the fairway with his fairway-wood from the tee back at the 18th after Rai found a deep bunker and was unable to reach the green in two.
But, after Fleetwood found the front fringe with his approach, Rai played a delightful pitch to three feet and Fleetwood mis-read his first putt and left himself a tricky distance for par, given that he missed from similar range for birdie at the 16th earlier.
Rai stepped up and knocked his par putt confidently in the middle, and Fleetwood again lacked conviction with the short stick as he pulled his effort left of the target.