Foster three under at Scottish Open, after finding form in France

WORKSOP, Breakers Snooker Club, Newcastle Avenue.'Picture: Golfer Mark Foster
WORKSOP, Breakers Snooker Club, Newcastle Avenue.'Picture: Golfer Mark Foster

Worksop golfer Mark Foster found form last weekend, before fading in the final round of the Alstom Open de France.

The 39-year-old spoke in the Worksop Guardian last week of wanting to clinch positive results in the second half of 2015, and looked set to do so in Paris.

Foster began the tournament well, with a one under par round of 71 putting him in a share of 10th place at Le Golf National.

He went round in even par on Friday, and dropped just two places on the leaderboard, well placed for a title run over the weekend.

Things got even better in the third round, the Englishman shooting a 68, three under par to sit six shots off the lead in ninth place.

But it all unravelled on the final day, as he shot a six over par round of 77, dropping 18 places down the leaderboard.

He finished two over for the tournament, and his share of 27th place handed him €28,500 in prize money.

If the poor finish bothered Foster, he was quick to shake off the disappointment.

On Thursday he was back into the action at Gullane, in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Playing alongside victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, and Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Foster hit the lead briefly when he moved to two under par with birdies on the second and sixth holes.

Seven straight pars followed, before he picked up another shot on the par four 14th.

Consecutive pars on the final four holes left him with a three under round of 70, and in a share of sixth place as the Worksop Guardian went to print.

The clubhouse leaders were Matthew Nixon and Adrian Otaegui, on five under par, with Thorbjørn Olesen still out on the course on seven under.

Foster is one of many European Tour professionals hoping for Scottish Open glory at Gullane, which would qualify him for next week’s Open Championship at St Andrew’s.

Lee Westwood, meanwhile, played just the two rounds in Paris, missing the cut after rounds of 73 and 74.

He was unable to add to the four top-10 finishes he’d enjoyed in the Alstom Open de France previously, finishing five over for his two rounds.

Westwood has opted not to play at Gullane this weekend, and will next take part in The Open.

Last year he missed the cut, and in 2013 was third.