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Friday, 19 March 2010

Stephen Gallacher produced a stunning round of 64 to surge into upper reaches of the leaderboard at The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Golf Club.

The Scot, whose previous three rounds of 72-68-72 had left him at one under par and tied for 44th going into the final day, threw the form book into the Arn Burn by shooting the joint lowest round of the week to take a temporary share of fifth place on eight under par.

His run, which included no bogeys, started with him picking up shots on the third, sixth and seventh, before a run of three birdies from the 12th had him within striking distance of the top five finish which could qualify him for The Open Championship.

A seventh birdie at the 18th brought him into a tie for fifth place, though that is liable to change with the leaders barely into their rounds.

Spain’s Alvaro Quiros was equally impressive in his final round, claiming birdies on the first, sixth and eighth before picking up further strokes on the 13th, 14th, 16th and last to take a 64, seven under par overall.

Elsewhere, Francesco Molinari has fought his way into contention with four birdies and no bogeys on his opening nine, leaving him eight under for the tournament, while Scotland’s Paul Lawrie looked threatening early on, collecting four birdies and two bogeys in nine holes to move to eight under par overall.

Australia’s Richard Green picked up a stroke on the fourth to sit one shot adrift of leader Graeme McDowell, who remains on ten under par after two holes. Simon Khan, who held a share of the lead overnight, dropped a shot on the par four second.  

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-13
2KINGSTON, JamesRSA18-11
T3JIMÉNEZ, Miguel AngelESP18-10
T3GREEN, RichardAUS18-10
5KHAN, SimonENG18-9
T6DINWIDDIE, RobertENG18-8
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