With 78 (+6) Markus Brier can’t improve in the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship. At 15 over par, he finished last in the prize money ranks with 67th place. Brier travels from Scotland directly to Switzerland, where the Omega European Championship will take place next week in Crans Montana. With an odd number of players in the cut, Markus Brier will be shooting his final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship on Sunday in the first flight all by himself. Only one scorer accompanies Brier and his Caddy Ian during the lonely morning game in the Scottish Highlands. “Playing without a partner was no problem, at least nobody disturbed. As on Saturday, Markus Brier was unable to repeat the solid performance of the opening rounds in round 4 of the Johnnie Walker Championship. With a bogey and a double bogey on the first three holes, the possible catch-up is cancelled early. The first drive of the final day gets into the rough on hole 1 (par 4, 390 m) and the bogey on the scorecard. On hole 3 (par 4, 394 m) Brier drives into the fairway bunker and with a three-putt the double bogey is passed. “The start was again very disappointing. From there I played OK and hit better irons again. I then deliberately took to the flags very aggressively and was able to turn it into a good practice round,” Brier explains.
“Tonight we’re going to Switzerland and there we’ll see if things get better again,” said Brier. Next week, the spectacular alpine course at Crans Mon- tana will be the venue for the Omega European Championship, where the prize money will be 2.1 million euros. Paul Lawrie (SCO) will enter the final round on Sunday as the leader at 12 under par. He has one stroke ahead of Romain Wattel (FRA). Stephen Gallacher (SCO) is three strokes behind the leader before the fourth round.