Tarrío, to the stick in Scotland

The Spanish finished third in the Hero Open of the European Tour with -21, three strokes behind the Scotsman Forrest, who took the victory.


The Scotsman Grant Forrest reacted to the assault of the Englishman Jamés Morrison and, with a total of 264 strokes (-24), after a fourth card with 66 (-6), he achieved his first tournament on the European Tour, winning the Hero Open, which It was played at Fairmont St. Andrews (Scotland), breaking the nine-year spell without a Scotsman winning his homeland.

Excellent performance by Spanish Santi Tarrío, who with a 68 (-4), for a total of 267 (-21), took third place alone. Forrest had started the last day as a co-leader, but very soon he found himself alone at the top. Six birdies and a bogey in the first eleven holes had brought him to the privileged position. But he could not feel safe, because in front of him Morrison, winner of two European Tour tournaments and who had started four strokes behind the Scotsman, with eight birdies in his first 15 holes, pressed him to the maximum.

He was so pressured that Forrest momentarily ceded the lead at the end of the 16th hole, where he made a 'bogey' that left him with -22, just when at that very moment Morrison finished his round with a 'birdie' on the 18th that led the -23 end to your card. The Scotsman reacted quickly to the pressure, as in 17 he returned to -23, under the watchful eye of the Englishman from the clubhouse.

The Scotsman had one hole left, the 18th (par 5) to take the title without any tiebreaker. In the previous three days he had closed it with two pairs (Thursday and Friday) and a 'birdie' (Saturday). He made a good start, a remarkable second shot that placed him on the very edge of the green, with two putts the tournament was his; and, with the first of them, he left the ball less than a meter away, and, with the second, he certified his first triumph on the European Tour, by going to -24. Morrison, with an excellent final 63 (-9), saw how the tournament was going.

At 28, Forrest makes his debut in triumph, and he did it at home, since he was born just an hour's drive from where he played. And it broke a nine-year spell in which Scotland did not see one of their own winning an important tournament on their own soil.

Very good Santi Tarrío, who with four birdies, two in the last three holes, takes a creditable third place. The 30-year-old Galician at least partially removed his disgust at not having been able to be the substitute for Jon Rahm at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after the positive for coronavirus of the world number 1, by not appearing in the Olympic pre-list in March.

From the rest of the Spanish, sixteenth place for Álvaro Quirós (274), the same as the Chilean Hugo León; while Eduardo de la Riva finished twenty-eighth (276), Jorge Campillo thirty-fourth (279) and Adrián Otaegui thirty-eighth (280) .

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