GOLF: Star duo in good heart for Open

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Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson both headed south to the Open Championship in good spirits despite scoring over par on the final day of the Scottish Open.

The pair were ninth and fifth respectively with a round to go, but dropped back to joint 16th with rounds of 73 and 74.

Glory went to The 40-year-old world number 192 Jeev Milkha Singh of India, who came from five shots back and joint 16th place for the fourth victory of his European Tour career.

But what pleased Donald and Mickelson was that they had had a chance to test their games in wind and rain, conditions expected to be repeated at Royal Lytham this coming week.

World number one and defending Scottish Open champion Donald said: “I’m leaving here with good feelings about where my game is.

“I didn’t get much out of the round - a few lip-outs and a few bad bounces - but it was nice to play in a bit of wind and test out what I’ve been working on.

“I had three weeks rest before this and I’m ready to go. I’ll even consider 18 holes each day (before the start on Thursday) if the weather is not horrendous.”

Mickelson, who asked for a late invitation to try to find his game after a poor two months, had middle rounds of 64 and 65. “I think it was a great week,” said the 42-year-old, joint runner-up behind Darren Clarke at Sandwich last year after.