Connor Syme has admitted that he has one eye on a place in next week’s Open after carding new course record at Gullane in the Scottish Open second round.
European Tour rookie Syme shot a bogey-free 62 this morning to force his way back into the tournament after a disappointing one-over 71 in his first round.
At the time of writing, that has him sitting just outside the top ten and well positioned to make a charge over the weekend both for the title and for one of the three spots that are up for grabs at Carnoustie next week.
The top three finishers who are not already exempt for the Open will get a place in the field and Drumoig-based Syme, who missed the cut on his championship debut at Royal Birkdale last year, admits that he’d love to be one of the lucky trio.
“It would obviously be a dream come true to play Carnoustie, being so close to home,” said the 23-year-old. “It was obviously a goal at the start of the week to give myself a chance to do it and, after today, I somewhat have. Positive through 36 holes but a long way to go.”
Syme added that he was ‘ecstatic’ after setting a new course record at Gullane, which saw him go out in 29 for the first time as a professional.
“It was a special round,” he said. “I'm absolutely over the moon. I knew 65 was the minimum requirement today after 71 yesterday, with the scoring being so good.”