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Friday, 19 March 2010
Johnnie Walker Championship - Round Three  (Getty Images)
Johnnie Walker Championship - Round Three (Getty Images)

Sweden's Peter Hedblom takes a one shot lead into the final day of The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles after a difficult, blustery day in Perthshire.

Hedblom, loser of a play-off at the KLM Open in The Netherlands last week, fired a third round 68 at The Gleneagles Hotel to overtake former Open Champion Paul Lawrie, who carded a one over 73.

Hedblom, whose only dropped shot came on the 13th when he missed from under three feet, said: “Today's round felt really, really good. I didn't feel, you know, very good at the practice round this morning. I was a little bit delayed, as well, so I was hurrying up a little bit and didn't feel that good and didn't hit it very good.

“I came out and played really good today, very similar to last week when I played really good the third round.  I didn't really hit too many bad shots and felt like I holed some putts, as well, which is not that easy on the greens, but overall, it was a fun day.”

He added: “I felt really good today and relaxed, so hopefully I can feel like that tomorrow.”

Lawrie, who was in a bunker on the 17th but saved par from 15 feet, said: "Overall, I thought it was a very tough day, toughest day of the week so far, for me.

“The wind was blowing extremely hard. And it was changing direction quite a bit out there, which made club selection quite difficult. We got quite a few wrong today, because it just kept dropping and changing so that was hard.

“I could have easily been a couple under after five, and was one over. I hit three really good shots at the first three holes, lipped out with two of them, serious lipouts too, I mean. 

“I hit a good shot at five and made a bogey. That shot was right down the pin, made a hard bounce and made bogey, and so you find yourself one over from not hitting a poor shot.

“But obviously that's golf and that's what happens. Overall, one over, I played a lot better than that, but that's the score you get.”

Hedblom and Lawrie are eight under par and seven under respectively, leading a group of four on six under: France’s Gregory Bourdy, Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Denmark’s Soren Hansen and Scotland’s Steven O'Hara.

“It was pretty blowy all day, we had quite a bit of rain off and on, overall I’m pretty happy with the score,” Donaldson said.

“You don't have to go ballistic. You've just got to know how to do it I suppose and put yourself in positions, and here we are in position.”

He added: “Obviously the more you put yourself up there, the easier it is I suppose. I've just kept doing it week after week, and all I can do is just keep doing it and keep concentrating on one shot at a time.”

O’Hara is trying to become the first player in European Tour history to win after surviving the halfway cut with nothing to spare. The 29-year-old matched the low round of the week with his 66 early in the day.

In contrast, double the Masters Tournament champion Jose Maria Olazabal bogeyed the final four holes for a 77 that dropped him from fifth to 32nd alongside Colin Montgomerie.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1HEDBLOM, PeterSWE18-13
2ERLANDSSON, MartinSWE18-12
T3LAWRIE, PaulSCO18-10
T3HAVRET, GrégoryFRA18-10
5ORR, GarySCO18-9
T6KAPUR, ShivIND18-8
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