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Day and Scott head Australasians at Carnoustie

Jason Day impresses with last round 68. (Photo: Getty Images )
Jason Day and Adam Scott have finished as the leading Australians at the Open Championship, Day’s final round of 68 on the most demanding of days at Carnoustie seeing him improve more than 30 positions on day four to finish tied for 17th.

Day's final round was bettered only by the 67 of England's Eddie Pepperell.

Unfortunately for Scott he would go the other way with a round of 73 but after a horror outward nine of 40 he staged an impressive recovery over the closing nine for a share of that 17th place.

Day had mixed emotions about the week and said so after his round. “It's pretty disappointing to not give myself a shot at even getting into contention, but a lot of positives today.  It was good to be out and beat this course, which is nice.

“A week off now, I think is good, and I've got to go and try and get back and just -- not tinker a little bit, but just kind of a little bit of maintenance before the WGC because playing over here, you get too far into your left side and you start hitting really low shots.

“I'm going back to American style golf, so I need to get it back in the air and get my game back in order before the PGA.”

“If the second major that I win is the PGA, that would be great.  I just want to win.  That's all I want to do.  I'm positive about the way that I finished out today, going forward to the WGC, the PGA, and obviously the playoffs after that.”

Scott was frustrated at his start to the round but like Day there were mixed feelings about the week.

“There's good stuff in my game. I didn't hit it as well as I wanted this week, but there was still plenty of good in that. My short game is really good, I thought. So I like that. So if I can just get the rhythm of the golf swing going a little better over the next couple weeks, I really feel like I can make a mark at the PGA and try to put a dent in the end of the season.

“I didn't play very well on the front.  I think probably most guys struggled a little bit. It was very, very difficult. I really just want one shot back my second shot into the 3rd was such a bad shot.  Making a double there, could have easily made a 4 with one better swing.

“I would have been satisfied with even par today considering the way I played.  I mean, I just didn't hit fairways and greens on the front nine.

“I actually scrambled really well. I putted really well. Got it back, but I wish I had another crack at that shot. It was a bad shot.”

Australian Open Champion Cameron Davis completed a very impressive debut at the Open Championship with a round of 70 to finish tied for 39th along with New Zealander Ryan Fox. Davis played with Brooks Koepka today adding further to the experience he has gained during the week.

Koepka spoke highly of Davis after his round. “Yeah, he's a great player. Obviously, he won this year, like two months ago.  He's got a good game, strikes it well, good putter.  He's got a good future of ahead of him.

“He's doing a good job.  He understands what he's doing.  He flights it well.  His short game seems to be pretty good, too.  He's got all the tools to make it.  It's just about timing sometimes.”

Lucas Herbert battled in the conditions today but his 51st place was a solid Open Championship debut although he will rue dropping three shots over the closing two holes.

Marc Leishman struggled to a round of 76 today and after so many expectations leading into and during the week his 60th place was a disappointment.

Brett Rumford was 61st and Cameron Smith 78th.

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