Third Round Highlights Golf: Scottish Open


Third Round Highlights

Highlights of the third round of the Scottish Open. Rory McIlroy is the headline act in a stellar field in Dundonald which also includes Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott.


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Hello from a Dundonald on the Ayrshire coast, where the Scottish

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summer has really kicked into gear. It is a darker day for the third day

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of the competition at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The

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strongest field of the season so far in Europe has gathered here this

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week all with hopes of adding their names to an illustrious list of past

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champions and set down a marker ahead of next week's Open

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Championship. Before we join Saturday's action, let's look back

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at what happened over the first two days of competition.

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Rory McIlroy, it seems, is always the story. He searched for solace in

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a season of struggles here, but form and fairways proved hard to find in

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a two over par grind. Californian Rickie?Fowler looked

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more at home on the links, 67 setting the pace. The same score too

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for Ian Poulter, still riding the breeze of a recent revival and

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Padraig Harrington teamed the afternoon winds. But a Finn was

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visible above all the rest, Mikko Ilonen above at the end of Day one.

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The next day, Saint Patrick Harrington was leading after Mikko

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Ilonen slept. Thoughts of Birkdale perhaps inspiring the Irishman. If I

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think good and my mind is on the right place, you know, it is a

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mental battle now at this stage, but my head is in the right place, and I

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will be there, or thereabouts, at the end of the stretch and who knows

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what can happen? By the end of the day he would be joined by surprise

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contenders in the form of Germany's Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin

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of England. Golf is never dull when it is played by Ian Poulter. Shots

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like this left him only one back. It is nice playing on links golf, we

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don't get a lot of opportunities to play it and especially with the Open

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Championship next week, we will get used to tough conditions. Tricky

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chip shots and a bit of imagination. That's exactly what you want. Former

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winner Fowler lurks close behind. There was a Rory revival but back

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nine struggles left him needing this putt to make the cut. He moves on to

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Birkdale earlier than expected. On not getting to play the weekend but

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again, it is not like I could be much more worried if I went out and

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shot a couple of 76s, nowhere near. The difference between shooting

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1-under par and four or five is not that much of a difference. I got

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3-under par today and felt pretty good but yeah, it is what it is.

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I've got to get ready for next week. So, with 36 holes to play, this is

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the top of the leaderboard. Callum Shinkwin, Padraig Harrington and

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Alexander Knappe at the top, with Fowler, Nicolas Colsaerts and Kuchar

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fancy their chances of a move. Adam Scott, the open champion Henrik

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Stenson, they will both need to make a big move in tricky conditions to

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be in with the chance of silverware this weekend. The Claret Jug is

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indicate those players who have already qualified for next week's

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open, it is a last cost situation for some players who aren't already

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at Royal Birkdale. Rory McIlroy heads the list of big names who did

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not make it to the weekend but he has notable company in the form of

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champions Martin Kaymer and Jason Dufner, as well as Matthew

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Fitzpatrick of England. As they head off for early Open practice, for the

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remaining 65 it is all about the fourth event in the Rolex series.

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Testing conditions at the moment but the forecast is for it to get worse

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as the day goes on. Strong winds and rain expected this afternoon. As a

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result, the tee times are moved forward too early in the day so

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let's have a look at some of the pairings today. Frenchman Alexander

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Levy alongside 2015 runner-up Matt Kuchar, followed by another

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Frenchman, Gregory Havret alongside the man who edged out Martin Kuchar,

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Rickie?Fowler. Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts alongside Australian

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Andrew Dodt. A pair of Englishmen in the poll ultimate group, Ian Poulter

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and Callum Shinkwin. The final pairing is six German Alexander

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Knappe and the two time Open champion Padraig Harrington. Despite

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the conditions, some managed to make an early move, Andrew 'Beef'

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Johnston always enjoys a battle, his birdie at five moved him to 6-under

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par. England's Andy Sullivan is putting together a somewhat

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miraculous round so far, 6-under for the day after this eagle putt at 14

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set up another birdie. The weather is following forecaster's

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predictions. It is getting worse out here, the final pairing are just

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about to head to the first tee, one of them is a multiple major champion

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with bags of experience and the other is looking for his maiden

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European Tour win. On a day like this, anything can happen. So, as

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they make last-minute adjustments, let's look at the leaderboard as it

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stands... Alexander Knappe, Padraig Harrington and Callum Shinkwin

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sharing the lead, Sullivan and Johnston the best of the early

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starters alongside Carlsson of Sweden, three back and 3-under for

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the day. Let's go over to our commentary team starting with Dennis

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Hutchinson and Mark James. COMMENTATOR: On the tee, from

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Germany, Alexander Knappe. The last few holes yesterday when he appeared

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on the board, he started spraying it around a bit. Let's hope he has

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refocused this morning. He did a fair job hitting it up and down most

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of the time, but you cannot keep playing like that. A nice job down

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the breeze. Nothing wrong with that one! An

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encouraging start for Alexander Knappe. On the tee from Ireland,

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Padraig Harrington! CLAPPING I wonder if he will start with the

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foot in the air, stepping through, that stroll. It's amazing watching

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him practice. Right, here we go. Watch his left foot... Only a tiny

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step. A small rise, that is all! A pretty good opening tee shot for

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Padraig Harrington, just in the right, no bother at all for him. He

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is a master tactician and a brilliant links player. A real

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chance he for Martin Levy to find a birdie at the 2nd hole. Come on...

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Nicely done. A birdie to start with, you could not ask for more than that

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-- Alexander Levy. In Poulter, this is for a birdie. It would have been

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the perfect start... Right in the middle. He pours it in. He looked

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good on the greens yesterday, didn't he? He certainly did. Alexander Levy

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on the 30, a par-5. Back into the wind. The bunker left at 270 odd,

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left of those, somewhere near the bushes... Oh dear oh dear... That is

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not good. Sullivan... How did that get itself out? Unfortunate. Yeah,

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what a great try. Tear up today on 16, still a massive hole. You are

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going to have to choose your picture points and club carefully with a lot

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of thought, he will want to land this 20 yards short of the flag.

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Expect a big bounce... That is a wonderful shot. Not quite getting

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over, I've never seen such an intense game. In his eyes...

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I thought it was a rather nice looking swing, when he comes to it,

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two good shots. A decent strike. Beefy, for a birdie at the 9th. Now

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within two of the lead. CHUCKLES With a 32 today.

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Some golf. Padraig Harrington's ball came back down the slope. He is to

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climb the step, going right to left and once it reaches the top level,

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you want to go right to left, the wind is behind him... Good from

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where he was, a huge swing. At 17, he has just bogeyed 16, he wants to

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get this up and down... A bit obvious, I suppose. Sickening, when

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you make such a move and begin to let it drift away.

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Downhill left to right, and into the winter... But have played this hole

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very well, they could have easily started with birdies. That biggest

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putt was fractionally short but a good four. That's for Alexander

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Knappe. This is for his... Ooh, a double at 17. He slips back to five.

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Hard, three shots going in a flash. 6-under par. Par-5 3rd, which has

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caused all sorts of problems today. This is Rickie?Fowler. I should say

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all sorts of problems for some... The leaders for par, Padraig

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Harrington... That is not like him at all... He

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has parted really well for a couple of days, going brilliantly. --

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putted. For a birdie at 17, it's Carlsson. Five or 6-under par, it

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won't be far away at the end of the day. On the third green,

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Rickie?Fowler... That is remarkably accurate.

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Nico, playing a lot of good golf so far this year. Third in the PGA

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earlier in the season. That was his big finish this year... Ooh, that

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was beautifully done! Rickie Fowler with a birdie at the 3rd combat a

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tee shot at the par-3, 199 today. Fore! I think it hit the youngster

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there... He is grimacing, and holding his leg. Hopefully not too

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serious... A lovely birdie from Nicolas Colsaerts. Rickie Fowler is

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doing the right thing... There is the youngster. Well done, Rickie

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that's all very well, but it still hurts! What a way to finish, after

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the previous two holes. From around the bunker, I assume that is for a

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birdie four. An eagle? What a way to finish! That is a round of 67.

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Absolutely brilliant from Andy Sullivan. This is improving

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steadily, as we watch Rickie Fowler, it would be a heck of a save after a

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hideous tee shot. Well done. He is putting the ball in his pocket, I

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suppose it is a pretty windy day. You never know when you may not have

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enough ammunition. Hanging on by the fingernails to the

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top tier... Callum Shinkwin... Ooh... That is a cracking shot from

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Callum Shinkwin. Andrew Dodt has this for a par... Struck firmly and

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confidently to the back of the cup. The great thing about Hawk-Eye is

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that that was a good putt, it wasn't bad, but you could tell early on it

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was never quite on the right path. Might be wondering why we are not

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seeing an awful lot of the likes of Adam Scott or Stephen Gallacher,

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they are both having a pretty torrid time. Scott is four over, Stephen

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Gallacher is 5-over. The wind is straight in the player's face here.

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A really strong wind. Just want to drive this one though, don't get it

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to balloon, you don't want to spin it. The quickest thing there, did

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not really complete the backswing. Is it out of bounds? I suspect it

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might be, I did not see any white stakes but it looks like it is over

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a fence. A little bit of right-to-left... A triple break. It

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was indeed! Definitely a boundary fence, isn't it? It will be out of

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bounds. There is no ruling required or anything for that. It is straight

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back to the tee, and play another. Back at 14, Andrew Johnston making

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his birdie... So it is a good day so far for B. Only four to go, a tough

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stretch of closing holes -- it is a tough day for Beef. That one started

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high and left... This could really be a bad one. And surprising, he

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played the first three holes extremely well. And all of a sudden,

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going sideways. Callum Shinkwin on the fifth, this is for a par. Both

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of these players in danger of making a bogey here. Well, we found Alex's

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birdshot, it is left of left, so to speak! -- third shot. Ian Gould's

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birdshot at the 5th, the best putt of 40 yards away. He has done pretty

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well to stay there. This lie is not great, the ball is sat way off the

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ground in some very long grass. You have two really launch it high right

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away, to get it over the top of the course, he's about 50 yards from the

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hole. Gripping well down on it. That's a great result. Looking like

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he was going to be there all day! Make a par here at five... ?

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Hawk-Eye, on the green... No, robbery!

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This is for five... Hold hold-up! Well, a double three. Beef... Hmm...

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Boy, what a fan club! CHUCKLES No, that is the second time Padraig

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Harrington has missed a putt this afternoon, after one at the 1st.

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He knew it straightaway, a little bit of a flinch. A bit of a change

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at the top there, Rickie Fowler, Callum Shinkwin and Ian Poulter, all

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three leaders have dropped out the top spot overnight. How is he

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looking there? Very good. He's played extremely well, those boys

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out in wicked weather today. Those boys doing extremely well. A

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pitching wedge, 179 yards from Callum Shinkwin. CHUCKLES

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A great shot! Now, Rickie Fowler. That isn't like him, he has been

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putting quite beautifully. But when the wind is blowing this hard, it

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isn't easy, it is easy to get buffered. He cannot believe it. That

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one is blowing very firmly. And he deserved it, he had a copy of -- a

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couple of putt Boyle that could have done well earlier. Now he is leading

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at 9-under. Taking the putter from a long way off the green. Would have

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thought that a nice little pitch would not be difficult but he has

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handled it well, he made the right decision. He certainly did, he

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surely could have got a pitch that close... A beautiful judgment.

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Gregory Havret with a chance. Left-handed putting style. Nicely

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done. Andrew Dodt for his par, a lovely approach putt, a couple of

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paces short of the green. No! No! A perfect little shot here for Ian

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Poulter, able to hold it up, the breeze is quite strong. Ware the

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hole cut towards the end of the green, if you paces there. A really

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good shot. Andrew Dodt took a putter from a if you paces inside of this.

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Callum Shinkwin, playing a pitch and run -- took a part from a few paces.

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He found a poor lie. Perfect tee shot, Andrew Dodt.

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Taking a bit of spin, the perfect second shot. A great opportunity to

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get that shot back that he dropped at the last. Ian Poulter, for a

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birdie here at seven. Get there... Yes! 9-under par for

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Ian Poulter. The Championship leader. Taking a lot of time here,

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Andrew Dodt, after seeing that short one back at seven... The first bogey

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of the day. It would be great to get it straight back.

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Well done, back to 8-under par. Callum Shinkwin for par, this is to

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stay in the lead with Ian Poulter. So, we've had a swap at the top. Ian

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Poulter now leads on his own. Note... Yes, that is right, sorry,

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Callum Shinkwin is back to 8-under, Poulter nine.

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Andrew Dodt took a horrible triple at the previous par-3, of course.

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Come on, look for the hole. Yes! Well done. Well, I suppose in these

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conditions, that is not all that bad...

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Leads to go three yards left of the tee. And slide back into the pin...

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You would expect a bit of release... Nice rhythm in that swing, a

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beautiful shot, pitching three yards left. Every chance of another birdie

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for Ian Poulter, well done! He's done pretty well too.

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Brilliant, actually. Henrik Stenson for a birdie here.

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Thank you. Back to even par for the big Swede. And a par, down the

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breeze, to come. Ian Poulter leading the way at

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9-under, Callum Shinkwin and Andrew Dodt one shot back, Padraig

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Harrington, Alexander Knappe and others just behind. Thank you.

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Straight back to 9-under par. Momentarily tied again with Ian

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Poulter. The trouble is, if you try and hit

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it too firmly, it's easy to get a par lip out. The only player in the

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last 14 groups and a par. Back at 14. A second shot at 94 Andrew Dodt.

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The difficulty here is that the pin is ten on -- a second shot at nine,

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for Andrew Dodt. On the fairway, left of the mound that guards the

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pin position. Not a bad result. Padraig Harrington on an upset here,

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he has no choice but to fly it up the green, with the wind in his

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face, he should be able to lofty top there. -- loft it up there. That was

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weird... An odd shot he played, you would have thought he would throw it

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into the air more, Mark. It looked like he slipped the club into the

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ball there. Andrew Dodt for a birdie, an outside chance to get

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within one. A good effort, that will be par, remaining 8-under, half of

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36. Callum Shinkwin hits the ball so hard, he will get plenty of spin

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here. That time, he didn't. A birdie putt for Ian Poulter, should move

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right-to-left... Yes, we have seen some beauties from Ian Poulter over

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the last 2.5 days. It was close. Patrick

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-- Kuchar for a birdie. That is the way, fill it up! I wonder if he is

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tired of that, yet... Callum Shinkwin with a good birdie chance

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after his nice preparation to the ninth, gently downhill all the way.

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I could not have a good look at it but I did not see much break there.

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A little right-to-left, but lacking in pace. It has been five years

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since Ian Poulter was last in the winner 's circle but it has been

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somewhat of a revival of late from the Englishman already, notching up

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a second-place finish at the Players Championship this season. He's

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already got his place at the Open next week secured and isn't it

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something to build up to that with more silverware here this week? He

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is being chased all the way by his playing partner, Callum Shinkwin,

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one shot back at 9-under par as the players make their way to the

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tenth... Has only missed two fairways. I

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think I have seen him swinging better. Always a brisk swinger. Good

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release, freewheeling through the ball. Really, really good. Fowler

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but the next hole. 120 yards. Into the wind. Anywhere within 25 feet is

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not too bad. Those front bunkers are evil little things. Pretty

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straightforward putt downhill, right to left.

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What a great putt. Can probably try and keep this one reasonably low,

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just cut it into the flag. Wind against him on the right.

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Pretty good shot from Ian Poulter. Playing very steadily.

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Great shot. Very good shot, the quickest way to catch the group of

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front, hit them close and start tapping them in. Worst of the

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downslope. What a lovely shot. Great shot from a less than satisfactory

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lie. Well done, Harrington. Finally. First thing of any length that's

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gone into Padraig today. Looks vaguely surprised. Doesn't look as

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if he's aiming for very much. Depends on the pace.

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Just hit it right through any break. Third shot, Rickie Fowler. Here at

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12. Good putt. Just to keep the momentum

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going. Alexander Knappe's attempt for birdie. After the triple on the

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fourth, it is a sterling effort. Well done. Showing a bit of

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resilience. Fowler for his par. Just on the left edge. Bogey, that will

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drop him back to 6-under par. Andrew Dodt at 11 across this wide but

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short green. Bit of right to left on it. Not far off is it? Right in the

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middle, Andrew Dodt. Absolute corker, he moves to minus nine. This

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difficult tenth, second toughest hole. Alexander Knappe.

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Who knows? No 1-over there because there's no crowd.

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Challenging putt for Ian Poulter. Right-to-left at the end. Did we

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stop early to avoid the weather? That was the theory. Alex Levy putts

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the birdie. That gets him back to level for the round. Currently -6,

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tied seventh. Pulled up very quickly. Certainly

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did. This would be a top, top, top par the Padraig, if he can make this

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one. He knows it goes left to right. The wins will have an impact as

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well. -- window. That was a wonderful putt for Ian Poulter. It

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is raining pretty hard as well as the wind. This'll be a good par for

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the Aussie. Past. This is his fourth at the 10th.

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Could drop just the single shot. Just needed to be a little more bold

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and he would have made it. This is Mat Kuchar of a birdie. At the

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par-5/14. Several chances, just can't quite make a putt today. This

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one might be a little bit right to left. He knows it is going to slow

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down. He will do well to get it there.

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Hundred and 20 into a stiff breeze. He knows those evil bunkers are

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guarding the front. Brilliant absolutely brilliant. Now, Fowler.

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Long iron, down the breeze. 546 yards to go on this par-5. He has

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done well to find the green. Stay there. After that superb tee shots,

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Padraig Harrington, birdie. Oh! The putter certainly has misbehaved.

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Back to the 13th, long birdie chance for Andrew Dodt, the Australian.

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Go on... It is the hole that has caused havoc all week. Mat Kuchar at

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the par-3 15th. Ian Poulter, just 12 paces into this

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13th green. Grand. Padraig Harrington, second

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shot. Good shot. Still seeing some very good golf and some very good

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scoring. Ian Poulter is a couple under for the round and Andy

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Sullivan in with a splendid 67. His normal sweet stroke. Fowler,

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from up on the slope at 15. Little downhill lie, the ball is sitting

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nicely but everything will kick in from the right. Too much. It is a

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nasty one for his par. Wouldn't like to go any further back. Probably

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because of Ian Poulter, just borrowed a little bit too much. He

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has been a little stiff with the putter today, Shinkwin. Played some

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splendid stuff. Comes from Hertfordshire, just north

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of London, from a boxing family. Tried a bit himself but then he

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discovered the golf ball doesn't hit back. It has a bit today though.

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Fowler, for his par at 15. That was a beautiful stroke. Couple of putts

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haven't been as fluent as that and he has missed a couple, but that was

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more like him. Fine and dandy. The view from above.

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Not quite as many spectators as you would expect at Dundonald.

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Well done. There are no easy putts on a day like today.

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Good lie here, bit of a downslope, ball below his feet. Straight into

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the wind. You need to drive it low into the wind and rain. Moving it

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from right to left with a real solid strike. Good shot. Massive drive

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from Shinkwin. Looked like one of his wages. Probably is. That is

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something. Easy P easy. Eagle three coming up.

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Looking good. Pretty good shot from there. Could still make a birdie.

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He's going to loft this up with a low trajectory and get it to run up

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to the hole. Not much break. Cupped his left hand to the hitting area

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and added loft. That was a terrible effort. Very tough putt to make.

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Obviously, very difficult to read these greens. Hawk-Eye is having

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problems. Fowler for par at 16. Shot from just off the front. That is a

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waste of a shot. Where you any good at these? One of the secrets to that

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is get your hands up higher because your tendency is let your hands drop

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and then catch the ground, just like he did there.

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Par for Ian Poulter. Tied at the top. Matt Kuchar on 17.

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Holy cow. Oh my god. I have an hit one of those whatever. You won't be

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able to say that next week. Probably try and play this with left to right

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spin. It is going big time left to right. Pretty good shot. Anywhere

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around the green is not bad. Shinkwin and Ian Poulter minus ten.

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Dodt, hanging in there. Sullivan, tucked up in his hotel room drinking

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a cup of tea. Some trouble here for Shinkwin. Don't get ambitious, don't

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try and shove it right, just get it out. He that gives, take us away.

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Back to 5-under. He has got to hit it hard and get it straight up in

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the air. Taking the putter, we saw him do this back at seven, 20 yards

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off the green. He made a good effort, but that not so good. Must

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be slow from there because Fowler left it short as well. Look at that,

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I cannot believe they built that railway line right to the middle of

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the golf courses. Dodt, currently third on his own. Good putt, good

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save. Reasonably daunting birdie putt on the 15th. Got to run it

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along the edge of the ridge and across the green.

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He's not bad, is he? His stroke looks good, reminiscent of Fowler's.

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Shinkwin makes a great shot, only dropped one. Stretched out a little

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at the top. Ian Poulter's short game has been in

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great shape. This will test and because it is settled into a

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difficult lie on the upslope. Genius. It is amazing to get that

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much spin on it out that lie. He has groups than me. -- sharper groups.

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Anja Knapp, birdie putt at 14. Yes. Good work.

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-- Alexander Knappe. Shinkwin playing some real links golf here

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with the putter from way. They will be pairing in the

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clubhouse. Andrew Dodt, shouldn't be too difficult, plenty of grass under

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the ball. Come on, turn. Great shot. Shinkwin has been consulting the

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Green book and then doing what Ian Poulter does, walking all around it.

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We have seen a double break around Hawk-Eye. Just about right. What a

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great save. Good up and down there from Matt

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Kuchar. A round of 73. Played quite consistently most of the day. Just

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didn't get anything going on the greens. Can't believe Ian Poulter

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has left it this far short of the hole. This is a tricky one. Is there

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a hint of left or right? I am not sure. Yes, and he didn't see it. We

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are tied at the top, Ian Poulter and Shinkwin. Now at 9-under par. It is

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a bogey putt the Padraig. So his poor day is getting worse for one of

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our overnight leaders. Rickie Fowler continues to struggle.

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Rickie Fowler round in 74, at 5-under and he's going to be four

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behind, at least, you would think. Look at Graeme McDowell and Richard

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Bland. They are both in the picture now.

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Gorgeous. Great play from Ian Poulter what a good break and he's

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made the most of it. Couple of times this week, credit to

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those Scottish golf fans, not been a pleasant day for watching or playing

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golf, but they have stuck it out to the end. Rock-solid.

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His short game has looked good, he's rolled the ball well. One more in

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him. What a good performance by Andrew Dodt.

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Lovely flight. Just no way it can... Fine. Ian Poulter had abuse of the

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lie, the grass was lying in the right direction. Much better than

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the one Shinkwin has got. It is OK, but it is much more podgy grass

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here. That was a wonderful shot. Absolutely wonderful shot. Final

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pair on the 17th. Alexander Knappe. That came out soft. Almost went

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underneath it. Is this going to do much? I don't think so, it is uphill

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and then over the ridge. Slightly disappointing five at the

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last but overall, good from Ian Poulter. Total of -9, tied for the

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lead right now with Andrew Dodt. This for the lead. He pushed it

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right, didn't he? I don't know. He didn't seem to stand up knowing he

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pushed it. He kept his position. I get the feeling he missed Reddit

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completely. Difficult to know, but at the performance. Disappointing he

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didn't make the birdie to lead on his own. We will have three players

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on 9-under par. Two fine rounds of golf from Shinkwin and Ian Poulter.

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But there were problems behind. Struggles of the tee for Alexander

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Knappe. Of the German battled to stay in touch. Heading into Sunday's

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final round, here is how things stand. The three tied up the top

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surviving brutal conditions to stay ahead of the field. But how good did

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the rounds of Andy Sullivan, eight and Johan Carlsson Lucknow? Andy

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Sullivan, the lowest of the day. Ryan Fox and Paul Dunne are three

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back and there are 13 plays within four shots of the lead including

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major champion, Graeme McDowell. Brutal conditions, it must feel like

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a good score today? Yes, I am glad to be finished, it was brutal. Windy

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early arm with a bit of rain, but as he made the turn on the tenth, 11th,

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the rain came back and it blew a gale and it was hold onto your hats

:56:51.:56:55.

weather. I think I did a pretty good job. Tight leaderboard and the

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weather is supposed to ease tomorrow, how aggressive do you have

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to be in the final day? I need to finish one in front of everyone

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else. I will watch the leaderboard and go out there and do the best I

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can. I will be aggressive to the pin locations I feel are accessible and

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go and have some fun. I am in a good mental state, a few months back,

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things were pretty difficult, but obviously life is a little bit

:57:24.:57:26.

easier right now and I am enjoying my goal. I feel good, feel great and

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feel excited to be in this position and I relish the opportunity

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tomorrow to try and put my hands on that trophy. I am going to have to

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play well, there are great plays behind me, a lot at stake tomorrow.

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I will do my best. Great prize fund on offer, will be your first if you

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it tomorrow, the Open Championship qualification at stake. Is this week

:57:52.:57:56.

like changing in a way? It can be, but I am focusing on one shot at the

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time. I am focusing on getting in, getting dry, keeping warm and

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getting some food. Tomorrow it kicks off again. Do you think you will

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sleep come to be tonight? I hope so. You don't get nervous? Normally, but

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there was a lot of noise from the hotel last night. It is all set up

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from an exciting final day and you can see how it all unfolds on BBC

:58:25.:58:30.

Two tomorrow. It is all part of a huge sporting Sunday with the

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British Grand Prix on radio five Live and of course the Wimbledon

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men's final from the All-England Club.

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The main event starts at Royal but they'll on Thursday. Plenty to look

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forward to, particularly here at Dundonald where despite the best

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weather airship could throw at us, we still saw some impressive golf

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out on the course. Thankfully this wind and rain is due to ease

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tomorrow so we are in for a tasty shoot out to seek you can count the

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silverware the week before the Open Championship. But for me, it is time

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for dry clothes and a cup of tea. I will see tomorrow. Goodbye for now.

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When I think of the world we inhabit, everyone will think,

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Yeah. And it wasn't, it was done by hand

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over days and weeks and months and years.

:59:51.:59:54.

Eilidh Barbour presents highlights of the third round of the Scottish Open.

Rory McIlroy is the headline act in a stellar field in Dundonald which also includes Open champion Henrik Stenson and 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.

McIlroy has endured an injury-disrupted season due to a rib problem and the four-time major winner is keen to find some form in a Dundonald field which also includes 2016 champion Alex Noren.

The Swede beat England's Tyrrell Hatton by one stroke at Castle Stuart - ending the tournament on 14 under after a two-under-par 70 in his final round.