Stephen Gallacher finished the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in fine style by equalling the course record.
The Ryder Cup hopeful did his hopes of making Paul McGinley’s European team no harm with a final round of eight-under-par 63 to finish on 10-under 274 for the championship.
Gallacher’s round matched the record set by Chile’s Felipe Aguilar only three hours earlier.
The 39-year-old Scot’s round included nine birdies and a solitary dropped shot at the difficult par 3 third.
The Press and Journal columnist was playing alongside fellow countryman Scott Jamieson, who was also in fine form, signing for a 64.
Gallacher says he is now feeling confident ahead of this week’s Open championship at Royal Liverpool.
He said: “I’ve had seven three-putts and a four-putt this week but today I holed a good few and that makes the difference.
“I’m delighted I kept my head after those earlier putting lapses and managed to grind a good score out.
“I felt my rhythm was a bit quick, so I slowed it down a bit.
“It helped the conditions were calmer as I could get a feel for it on the greens. All my long putts apart from the one at the last were finishing stone dead, which was good.
“I’ve just got to try and keep producing more performances like that one.
“I’ve been playing well for a while and it was nice to play a links course this week. This was a great warm-up for the Open.”
Gallacher, meanwhile, was delighted with yesterday’s announcement that Gullane will host next year’s Scottish Open before the event returns to Castle Stuart in 2016.
He said: “It’s magic that this event is going to Gullane next year as I play it all the time in the winter. I just need to find out what the composite course is going to be and play it all the time with my pals.
“It’s a great track. It’s another proper old-fashioned links and if that’s the route they are going down with this event then they’ve picked two crackers.
“We have had a brilliant event this week. You’ve got the leader of the FedEx Cup and the leader of our tour – it doesn’t get much stronger than that.
“Hopefully, it will be more of the same next year.”