Friday, 19 March 2010

Australian Adam Scott has battled his way back into contention at The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Golf Club by firing six birdies in a three under par round of 68.

The World Number Three, who was tied for 98th after Thursday’s opening round and down in 28th after a 66 in the second, continued his fightback on Saturday to move to seven under par overall, just two strokes off the lead currently held by Graeme McDowell.

Birdies at the second and third sent him on his way up the leaderboard, before a bogey five on the fourth sapped the wind from his sails. He bounced back by picking up further strokes at the ninth, 14th, 16th and 18th, but a double bogey five on the penultimate hole robbed him of a potential place at the top of the standings.

Simon Khan, Damien McGrane, Richard Green, Angel Cabrera and Paul Lawrie are all tied in second on eight under par, while Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiminez is currently going strong a stroke further back, picking up strokes on the first, fifth, seventh and tenth to nullify bogeys on the fourth and 11th.

Ian Poulter has also placed himself well ahead of the fourth round. The Englishman shot four birdies for the cost of just one bogey - a five on the par four fourth - to leave him at seven under par after three rounds.

Despite bagging two birdies in his first four holes, the early stages of Englishman Khan’s round would have been even better had he not dropped a stroke at the sixth to bring him back to eight under par.

Elsewhere, James Kingston has surged up from 56th to a tie for 12th on the leaderboard on six under par after a round of 67, while Ross Fisher is currently two under par on the day after 12 holes, placing him seven under for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy’s bid for the top five finish that could seal qualification for The Open Championship looked healthy after he shot a 68 to go six under par, while Phil Mickelson was a shot further back towards the end of his round.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-13
2KINGSTON, JamesRSA18-11
T3JIMÉNEZ, Miguel AngelESP18-10
T3GREEN, RichardAUS18-10
5KHAN, SimonENG18-9
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