Date: July 16, 2017
Author: Bernie McGuire at Dundonald Links

Dodt in race for Open spot



Andrew Dodt and his wife Rachel may be forced into a quick change of holiday plans after the Australian moved into a share of the lead at the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links today.

At nine-under par, Dodt shares the lead through 54 holes with England’s Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin, meaning that Dodt has a great chance of moving into the field for next week’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Rachel Dodt arrived from Sydney into rain and wind-swept Glasgow packed for a five-day holiday next week in New York and just as her husband was teeing off on day three of the Scottish Open.

However, Dodt (71 today) and Shinkwin (72)  are currently the two top of three qualifiers into next week’s Open

Dodt had led going to the last day in the recent BMW PGA Championship and while he has never contested a major, either victory in Scotland or finishing among the leading three qualifiers would be good enough to seal a Royal Birkdale tee time.

“If I were to qualify for The Open my wife and I will be glad to change the holiday in New York and head south instead to Birkdale”, he said.

“I am 31 and I have yet to play in a Major and I would rather play in a Major sooner rather than later, so there is a lot of motivation to try and secure one of the three spots.

“But the big motivation is to first try and win this tournament, and the rest will take care of itself”.

Dodt’s round was a mix of three birdies, including a gem at the last, and also two bogeys.

“Today it was hold onto your hats stuff and just a matter of grinding out pars,” he said. “Though it is very different to back home and given also this is supposed to be the middle of summer in Scotland, but you have to embrace it and enjoy it and I feel as though I am doing that.

"I didn't get too fussed. Just stayed in the moment, stayed in the present, which is really key on a day like today. Yeah, just one shot at a time and here we are and we're near the lead."

Fellow Australian Adam Scott had a day on the links he would rather forget buckling under the weight of 78 that included a 14th hole eagle, one birdie but also seven bogeys and a fourth hole double bogey.

If left Scott, who is contesting the event for a first time in nine years, trailing in a share of 51st on two over par.