Open hopes end for Matt Fitzpatrick but Danny Willett marches on at Scottish Open

Matt Fitzpatrick
Matt Fitzpatrick

Matt Fitzpatrick’s hopes of qualifying for The Open are over after he missed the cut at the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.

After starting the day in a promising position with the tournament leaders within reach, the Sheffield golfer had a disastrous day to shoot an eight over par 79 to finish the second day at +6, four shots over the cut.

The 19-year-old was chasing a top ten finish in the tournament in order to qualify for next week’s Open.

Last year’s Silver Medal winner as top amateur, Fitzpatrick had a ticket to the Open but gave it up when turning professional after the US Open.

His hopes ended as he missed the cut for the first time in his three tournaments as a professional.

After a birdie three on the fifth, Fitzpatrick’s round rapidly declined, starting with a double bogey in the seventh.

He would go on to shoot seven bogeys on a day when only 29 golfers shot an under par round.

Fellow Sheffield golfer Danny Willett managed a level par 71 to remain one under for the tournament.

It was certainly a case of what might have been for the 26-year-old.

After sitting three under after 16 holes, Willett carded back to back bogeys.

Despite his up and down round, Willett remains in contention for a high finish, sitting five shots off co-leaders Kristoffer Broberg and Ricardo Gonzalez.

Willett will tee off for his third round at 1.10pm.