The 24-year-old Shinkwin missed the cut in last year's Open and capped his third day with an eagle "3" at the 14th. "I played Royal Birkdale about 10 years ago, I don't remember much but we'll get out there tomorrow and do our homework". But everything else-mostly sympathy-was owned by the runner-up, Callum Shinkwin.
After hitting his tee-off out of bounds, he responded by nailing his second ball - his third shot for the hole - straight in for a hole-in-three.
But that isn't really the story.
Few are as cool as Couples, including Ryan Fox - but the New Zealander now has a hole-in-three of his own. The lie didn't look great and neither did the resulting chip, which came up short. He played a superb shot that landed on the front of the putting surface and rolled up to within 20-feet of the flag.
That Shinkwin should succumb to the pressure of the occasion is perhaps not so surprising.
"And that second shot on 18 was one of the best shots of my life". The other, at the Nordea Masters, came after Shinkwin used a club he had damaged earlier in his opening round. "Qualifying for The Open has been a motivation for the last six months".
There was a great consolation for Shinkwin though in his agonising defeat.
"I've just found a consistency in my game really, a little piece of the puzzle missing", said Shinkwin.
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"Under the gun, I didn't miss a shot until the last hole". But it's been a very good week.
"I have been fighting for this win for many years", the 33-year-old said. "It just didn't happen".
"I found myself particularly on the back nine, just a little bit mentally worn out", said Dodt.
Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox captured one of the more memorable pars of his career during another top five finish on the European Tour. I knew from the start if I could just go out and really grind it out today and put a number up there. "Obviously a few months back, things were pretty hard, but life's a little bit easier right now and obviously I'm enjoying my golf". He needed two putts to get down but his birdie was enough... Cink in 2009 is the last player to win the British Open without having played the previous week.
Joint overnight leader, Padraig Harrington buckled under a 79 to drop to a share of 23rd place at two under. As ever, the jovial Dubliner had a simple and undeniably logical explanation for the sharp contrast in his fortunes. I need to play well. "I didn't change; it was the weather".
"When we got to the 10th, probably through the 14th, 15th, it started raining and it just got so hard". Yeah, gets me out of my head and frees me up. That's the difference in the scoring, that's all. There's a lot of players behind me.
Brice Garnett shot a 65 on Sunday to win the Utah Championship by one stroke for his third win on the Web.com Tour. But it wasn't to be. A probable bogey became a fluky birdie, and would prove the difference.
It was, in truth, an unsurprising end to an erratic week for Stenson. As it was, he finished in a share of 19th place at Dundonald, on a four-round total of five-under-par. "I feel for him because I've been there". I knew the Open spot was right on the line.
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