Gonzalez back on top after early blip

8/24/2013 2:08:00 PM
Ricardo Gonzalez   (Getty Images)
Ricardo Gonzalez (Getty Images)
Ricardo Gonzalez overcame a slow start to regain the lead as the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles began in excellent scoring conditions.

The Argentine, four times a European Tour winner but yet to register a top ten finish this term, bogeyed the first to allow first Tommy Fleetwood and then Bernd Wiesberger to grab the lead.

However, the 43 year old hit back with birdies at the second and fourth to reach 15 under and lead Austrian Wiesberger by a single shot.

Beaten in a five-man play-off at this event two years ago, Wiesberger had again shown his liking for the Centenary Course that will stage next year’s Ryder Cup with birdies at the second and third, only to then drop a shot at the fourth.

Fleetwood had birdied the first  from 15 feet and then eagled the long second, but a bogey at the sixth saw him fall back into a share of third with home favourite Stephen Gallacher.

There was a three-way tie at the top when Fleetwood birdied the eighth, ninth and tenth, Wiesberger picked up shots on the seventh and ninth and Gonzalez also birdied the par five ninth.

But Wiesberger then three-putted the par three tenth to drop back to 15 under. 

Gallacher was finally overtaken as clubhouse leader, some two and a half hours after he finished, when Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed birdied the 18th to complete a 66.

At 15 under par, he was two behind leader on the course Fleetwood, who had holed from five feet for birdie on the 13th and then got up and down from a greenside bunker on the par five 16th.