Molinari holds the edge in Scotland
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Italian Francesco Molinari will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Scottish Open, after his five-under 67 as the Australian contingent struggled to make an impact on Saturday.
Molinari - who sits on 17-under overall through three rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links - leads by a stroke to Denmark's Anders Hansen, with another Dane Soren Kjeldsen tied for third, with Scot Marc Warren on 15 under.
Hansen carded a seven-under 65 to make it back-to-back bogey free rounds, while both Kjeldsen and Warren went one better with rounds of 64.
A group of four are tied for fifth on 14 under, including local hopes Martin Laird and Peter Whiteford, alongside American Phil Mickelson and Swede Alexander Noren.
Defending champion Luke Donald is four shots off the pace on 13 under in a tie for ninth, level with six others.
France's Thomas Levet is among those tied with Donald, but he could be much further up the leaderboard had he not carded a double-bogey on the par-five 18th.
Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello has emulated Hansen's efforts with consecutive bogey-free rounds to sit equal ninth, and within sight of the lead.
Molinari is aiming to achieve a rare feat this week - as he is looming to win the same title his brother Edoardo claimed back in 2010 when the tournament was held at Loch Lomond Golf Club.
Richard Green is the best-placed Australian on 12 under in a tie for 16th, after he shot his best round of the tournament on Saturday - a five-under 67.
Marcus Fraser is the only other Australian remaining in the field, and he is tied for 53rd on seven under overall, after carding a three-under 69.