While the world went about their business as usual this morning there was still the small matter of deciding who would be the 2015 Open Champion, which grasped the attention of the golfing world. Despite the lack of coverage from the BBC which devided golf fans across the UK, the Championships finished in glorious style, a three man play off which included the 2010 St Andrews Champion Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman and the man who evetually prospered, American Zach Johnson.
However one man who finished slightly earlier in the day was Champions fo Golf professional Scott Arnold. Having struggled with the weather affected side of the draw, Scott was in a good place after the first round which saw him return a one under par round. However four bogeys in the first nine of his second round soon saw Scott slipping out of contention as the rain and wind desemated the days play. Therefore the difficult decision was taken that the event would finish with the final round on Monday, and so play on the Friday was cancelled due to unplayable conditions.
Returning on Saturday morning with one trarget in mind, making the cut, and in more favourable weather, Scott put together a run of holes that lit the tournament up, he birdied, 12, 13, 14 and 15 to negate all the bogeys he made on the front nine of his second round. Then he had to hold on as at one under he was close to the cut line with three holes to go. Despite a bogey at the difficult road hole, 17, Scott was into the weekend on the cut line at level par and still in contention at the Open, his first major.
A third round 73, one over par, saw him maintain his position on the overall leaderboard but what was to follow on Monday moring was something very special. Teeing off in the cool St Andrews morning breeze Scott made the perfect start with birdies at 1, 4, 6 and 9 so go out in 32 strokes. Two further birdies on the back nine returned Scott in a blemish free 66, one of the rounds of the day and elevated him to 40th on the leaderboard alongside the likes of Paul Lawrie, Henrik Stenson and Geoff Ogilvy.
This capped off a fantastic week for Scott who made the most of his opportunity in the Open and now looks to focus back on the Challenge Tour as he heads to France for the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.
From everyone at Champions of Golf well done Scott and good luck for this week!