The 31-year-old twice held a share of the lead throughout the last spherical of the Irish Open at Mount Juliet earlier than having to accept a share of fourth place. It’s his highest end of the 2022 season on the DP World Tour and his second high ten.
However the massive comfort prize is he took one of many three qualification spots for the Open Championship accessible to the very best non-exempt finishers.
Aberdeen’s David Regulation has lifted the Scottish illustration within the one hundred and fiftieth Open to a few and can be part of mentor Paul Lawrie at St Andrews subsequent week.
It means he joins his buddy and mentor Lawrie, who qualifies as a former champion, at St Andrews.
Robert MacIntyre, who’s exempt for his top-10 end within the 2021 Open at Sandwich, is the third Scot within the subject.
It is going to be the previous double Scottish Novice and Boys Championship winners’ first main. His determination to not play in last qualifying at Fairmont St Andrews final week proved the proper one.
“It truly is a dream come true,” he mentioned. “I selected to not go to FQs final week so I may give attention to this occasion. Now that getting a spot has occurred, I’m over the moon.”
Regulation had his probabilities for a second profession tour win in County Kilkenny, coming from nicely off the lead with a last spherical five-under 67. Nevertheless, a bogey on the seventeenth meant he couldn’t maintain tempo with New Zealander Ryan Fox and each had been overtaken by Adrian Meronk.
The primary Polish winner on the DP World Tour stormed residence taking part in the ultimate 4 holes in four-under to take the title on 20-under.
David, in the meantime, holed a testing 10-footer on the final which he knew was going to take him to St Andrews.
“Till the final gap, I used to be somewhat extra centered on profitable the match. I used to be attempting to get the ultimate spot within the Scottish Open subsequent week,” he admitted. “It wasn’t even till I used to be on the ultimate inexperienced that the Open crossed my thoughts.
“I knew what was on the road for the putt on 18. I had a great have a look at the leaderboard and knew I used to be in with an opportunity. The opposite gamers forward of me had been already exempt.
“Taking part in in entrance of these crowds goes to be wonderful. I’ve by no means performed a serious earlier than, so do it at St Andrews for the primary time can be unbelievable.”