Words by BGB Editorial
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland: On a day of persistent rain at The Renaissance Club it was Robert Rock who best managed the conditions, carding a 72 to open up a two shot margin heading into the final round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
“It was just a shame towards the end. It just got unmanageable really. You’re trying to hold onto a golf club, not trying to hit golf shots. I burned through five gloves out there.“Ian Poulter
Rock traded two bogies with a solitary birdie at the par-five third to end the day on nine-under par, clear of the chasing pack that featured fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood – who shot a stunning 69 – and Ian Poulter (73), Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult (71) and Aussie Wade Ormsby (70).
Veteran Poulter described the conditions as the worst he has faced in all the years on the circuit, and that’s saying something.
“I think that’s a pretty good score,” said Poulter of his two-over par 73.
“I would have taken that at the start of the day if you said that was what the weather was going to give us. I thought when I played in the Open at (next door) Muirfield in 2002 that was some of the worst conditions I’ve ever seen. But this was as tough a day as I’ve seen on a golf course in 21 years as a pro.
“It was just a shame towards the end. It just got unmanageable really. You’re trying to hold onto a golf club, not trying to hit golf shots. I burned through five gloves out there. You’re doing everything you possibly can not to let a club come out of your hands.”
Despite keeping things in check for much of the round, Rock let his emotions get the better of him on the back nine, engaging in heated discussions with officials on more than one occasion.
The speculation was that with conditions worsening Rock believed play should have been bought to an early finish. He stormed off the course at the end of play without speaking to the media.
And the forecast for Sunday…..heavy rain!