Barrow Claims the Scottish Men’s Open Title

Sunday 30th May 2021

English international Callan Barrow produced a late birdie burst to claim his first major international title at the Scottish Men’s Open Championship at Southerness.

The former Manchester United youth team player carded a five under par 64 in the third round to open a two-shot lead over compatriot and nearest challenger James Wilson but a two over par outward half of 37 saw his advantage cut to one shot before birdies on the 12th, 13th 15th and 17th helped him to close with a two under par 67 and finish on 15-under par 261.

Wilson also finished strongly birdies on the 17th and 18th but was only enough to shoot 68 and finish three shots adrift of Barrow on twelve under par 264.

The win makes Barrow the second successive Englishman to lift the trophy after Walker Cup player Jake Bolton completed a single shot victory over compatriot Sam Bairstow at The Duke’s, St Andrews, in 2019.

Last year’s championship was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It feels amazing. It’s been a good few years so to finally get a big win is amazing,” said the new champion. “We couldn’t have asked for three better days of weather and luckily I performed pretty well.

“The last three days have been incredible. My game’s been pretty solid. The putter has probably been the hottest thing in the bag which was needed round here. The course was in great condition, but the greens were getting really firm and fast towards the end. It was tough even though the weather was pretty kind to us.

“It was a great week all in all.”

“I’ve been told that guys like Tommy Fleetwood and Andy Sullivan have got their names on this trophy. I wouldn’t mind doing what they are doing now.”

The leading Scot in the field was Irvine’s Stuart Easton who held a one-shot lead over Barrow at the halfway stage but could not quite replicate the form which saw him fire rounds of 63 and 66 over the first two days. He went on to card two rounds of 70 to drop back into third place on seven-under par 269.

“I’ve got mixed emotions,” Easton admitted. “I didn’t have my best stuff today but that’s golf. I hit the ball pretty well but the putter went a little bit cold.

“I can’t complain. I’ve been outplayed by two guys who played some really great golf. You have to take your hat off to them. Congratulations to Callan and James.