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Ignacio Garrido and Mark Foster share the clubhouse lead heading into the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
The Spaniard, who was the overnight leader, was caught twice by the Englishman and once by Dane Thomas Björn but edged two clear when he birdied the ninth and Foster bogeyed the 11th.
However, former Ryder Cup player Garrido, who has had only one top 10 finish all season, also took five on the 11th and, although he birdied the 14th, a bogie on the next hole saw him drop a shot before Foster birdied the 16th to level up.
Garrido matched Foster on the 16th to move one ahead before Foster’s two putt birdie on the par five last meant he and Garrido go into the final day on 11 under and three clear of the chasing pack.
“I feel good. I think it's great to be back in this position. When you are, you never know when the next one is going to be, so it's nice to have another go at a title, as you say,” Garrido said.
“The good thing is, even though it's been a while, once you've been there, you know what the feeling is. So in that sense, well, I think I've got the experience to know how I'm going to be feeling tomorrow.
“Obviously, the fact that you have the chance to win, it puts a little bit of pressure on you, but hope it's some nice pressure. I'm enjoying my golf lately, and that's what I've done these three days which is probably the key. I will try to do the same tomorrow.”
Foster finished with a four under par 68 and was pleased with the way he played.
“I just kept the ball in play and just kept hitting great shots into the par fives, getting on the greens in two, making eagle chances,” he said.
Pablo Larrazábal followed a bogey on the first with birdies on the second, seventh and eighth to continue his surge up the leaderboard, but a bogey on the penultimate hole saw him drop a shot and finish with a third round 70.
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger made seven birdies, including two on the final two holes, in a round of 68 that saw him motor up the leaderboard on eight under par.
Björn caught Garrido after birdieing the second but four bogies saw him lose ground after shooting a 71.
America's Anthony Kang started well with birdies on the first two holes but a bogey on the eighth saw him drop to six under par. However, birdies on the 13th and 16th saw him move three shots off the lead.
Irishman Peter Lawrie parred his first eight holes and birdied the ninth and, although he bogied the 11th and 13th, further birdies on the 14th and final hole saw him keep in touch with the chasing pack.
Scotsman Stephen Gallacher, who made six birdies, including three consecutive starting from the 14th, sits seven under par after an impressive third round 67, his best of the week.
Englishman James Morrison also threw himself into the mix after birdieing the second and, despite a bogey on the fifth, another birdie on the 12th saw him continue his charge. Scotland's Marc Warren shot four birdies, including his first two holes, but two bogies saw his progression thwarted as he finished with a two under 70.
“It was a tricky day today. Greens were a little bit softer towards the end there and I'm pleased to be around in under par,” Warren said.
Swede Magnus Carlsson shot four birdies and two bogies in a two under par round of 70, while Italian Lorenzo Gagli is seven under par after birdieing the final hole.
South African George Coetzee followed up his 69 yesterday with a 68 after countering two consecutive bogies on the second and third with seven birdies to move four shots off the lead.
Sweden's Joel Sjöholm made a three under par 69, his best score of the week, but his good start, which included an eagle on the second and a birdie on the third, was overshadowed but four bogies, including two on his final two holes.
Irish Open champion Simon Dyson shot 69, with four birdies, to keep him in with a sniff of the leaders on six under par and England's Kenneth Ferrie, who shared the lead yesterday, struggled to assert himself on his third round with four bogies, but two birdies on his last two holes saw him finish with a one over 73.
Defending champion Edoardo Molinari tried to climb his way up the leaderboard but three birdies were overshadowed by bogies on the sixth and 13th, leaving him with a three under par 69, his best of the week, but some way ahead of his brother Francesco, who ended the third round two over following another 74.
Colin Montgomerie finished with a third round 77, his worst of the week so far, to leave him four over par.