Paul Lawrie felt the Royal Dornoch Masters provided a fitting links test in the third instalment of his Tartan Pro Tour.
Clydebank’s Chris Maclean came out on top in a play-off against Craig Lee to secure the £4,000 prize, after the pair had tied on five-under-par in rainswept conditions yesterday.
Lawrie felt the event was a success, and the 1999 Open champion said: “Royal Dornoch has stood the test of time.
“I’ve been coming up here for years – I have always had a high regard for all the people and the golf course.
“It’s a pleasure to bring our tour up here, and great for Neil Hampton, the general manager, to look after us and let us play the great course.
“The golf course is proper. If you get a little bit of weather on links courses, as we have had, the scoring is pretty tough and you’ve got to play pretty well to shoot under par.
“That’s two play-offs in the first three events we have had. It was great golf from the two boys, five under par round there for two days is very good because the weather was not the best.”
Royal Dornoch general manager Neil Hampton said: “We were delighted when Paul first approached us for it. The first
thing was yes, then the second thing was when we could do it.
“We managed to fit it in. This was meant to be the week of the Home Internationals. It was unfortunate that was cancelled early doors, but we had a five-day gap and that fitted in well to Paul’s calendar.
“It’s always good to see how our course stands up against the best players – and these are some of the best players in Scotland.
“It really has been proper links golf, and the guys have shown they can play in all conditions.”