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
summer has really kicked into gear. It is a darker day for the third day
of the competition at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The
strongest field of the season so far in Europe has gathered here this
week all with hopes of adding their names to an illustrious list of past
champions and set down a marker ahead of next week's Open
Championship. Before we join Saturday's action, let's look back
at what happened over the first two days of competition.
Rory McIlroy, it seems, is always the story. He searched for solace in
a season of struggles here, but form and fairways proved hard to find in
a two over par grind. Californian Rickie?Fowler looked
more at home on the links, 67 setting the pace. The same score too
for Ian Poulter, still riding the breeze of a recent revival and
Padraig Harrington teamed the afternoon winds. But a Finn was
visible above all the rest, Mikko Ilonen above at the end of Day one.
The next day, Saint Patrick Harrington was leading after Mikko
Ilonen slept. Thoughts of Birkdale perhaps inspiring the Irishman. If I
think good and my mind is on the right place, you know, it is a
mental battle now at this stage, but my head is in the right place, and I
will be there, or thereabouts, at the end of the stretch and who knows
what can happen? By the end of the day he would be joined by surprise
contenders in the form of Germany's Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin
of England. Golf is never dull when it is played by Ian Poulter. Shots
like this left him only one back. It is nice playing on links golf, we
don't get a lot of opportunities to play it and especially with the Open
Championship next week, we will get used to tough conditions. Tricky
chip shots and a bit of imagination. That's exactly what you want. Former
winner Fowler lurks close behind. There was a Rory revival but back
nine struggles left him needing this putt to make the cut. He moves on to
Birkdale earlier than expected. On not getting to play the weekend but
again, it is not like I could be much more worried if I went out and
shot a couple of 76s, nowhere near. The difference between shooting
1-under par and four or five is not that much of a difference. I got
3-under par today and felt pretty good but yeah, it is what it is.
I've got to get ready for next week. So, with 36 holes to play, this is
the top of the leaderboard. Callum Shinkwin, Padraig Harrington and
Alexander Knappe at the top, with Fowler, Nicolas Colsaerts and Kuchar
fancy their chances of a move. Adam Scott, the open champion Henrik
Stenson, they will both need to make a big move in tricky conditions to
be in with the chance of silverware this weekend. The Claret Jug is
indicate those players who have already qualified for next week's
open, it is a last cost situation for some players who aren't already
at Royal Birkdale. Rory McIlroy heads the list of big names who did
not make it to the weekend but he has notable company in the form of
champions Martin Kaymer and Jason Dufner, as well as Matthew
Fitzpatrick of England. As they head off for early Open practice, for the
remaining 65 it is all about the fourth event in the Rolex series.
Testing conditions at the moment but the forecast is for it to get worse
as the day goes on. Strong winds and rain expected this afternoon. As a
result, the tee times are moved forward too early in the day so
let's have a look at some of the pairings today. Frenchman Alexander
Levy alongside 2015 runner-up Matt Kuchar, followed by another
Frenchman, Gregory Havret alongside the man who edged out Martin Kuchar,
Rickie?Fowler. Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts alongside Australian
Andrew Dodt. A pair of Englishmen in the poll ultimate group, Ian Poulter
and Callum Shinkwin. The final pairing is six German Alexander
Knappe and the two time Open champion Padraig Harrington. Despite
the conditions, some managed to make an early move, Andrew 'Beef'
Johnston always enjoys a battle, his birdie at five moved him to 6-under
par. England's Andy Sullivan is putting together a somewhat
miraculous round so far, 6-under for the day after this eagle putt at 14
set up another birdie. The weather is following forecaster's
predictions. It is getting worse out here, the final pairing are just
about to head to the first tee, one of them is a multiple major champion
with bags of experience and the other is looking for his maiden
European Tour win. On a day like this, anything can happen. So, as
they make last-minute adjustments, let's look at the leaderboard as it
stands... Alexander Knappe, Padraig Harrington and Callum Shinkwin
sharing the lead, Sullivan and Johnston the best of the early
starters alongside Carlsson of Sweden, three back and 3-under for
the day. Let's go over to our commentary team starting with Dennis
Hutchinson and Mark James. COMMENTATOR: On the tee, from
Germany, Alexander Knappe. The last few holes yesterday when he appeared
on the board, he started spraying it around a bit. Let's hope he has
refocused this morning. He did a fair job hitting it up and down most
of the time, but you cannot keep playing like that. A nice job down
the breeze. Nothing wrong with that one! An
encouraging start for Alexander Knappe. On the tee from Ireland,
Padraig Harrington! CLAPPING I wonder if he will start with the
foot in the air, stepping through, that stroll. It's amazing watching
him practice. Right, here we go. Watch his left foot... Only a tiny
step. A small rise, that is all! A pretty good opening tee shot for
Padraig Harrington, just in the right, no bother at all for him. He
is a master tactician and a brilliant links player. A real
chance he for Martin Levy to find a birdie at the 2nd hole. Come on...
Nicely done. A birdie to start with, you could not ask for more than that
-- Alexander Levy. In Poulter, this is for a birdie. It would have been
the perfect start... Right in the middle. He pours it in. He looked
good on the greens yesterday, didn't he? He certainly did. Alexander Levy
on the 30, a par-5. Back into the wind. The bunker left at 270 odd,
left of those, somewhere near the bushes... Oh dear oh dear... That is
not good. Sullivan... How did that get itself out? Unfortunate. Yeah,
what a great try. Tear up today on 16, still a massive hole. You are
going to have to choose your picture points and club carefully with a lot
of thought, he will want to land this 20 yards short of the flag.
Expect a big bounce... That is a wonderful shot. Not quite getting
over, I've never seen such an intense game. In his eyes...
I thought it was a rather nice looking swing, when he comes to it,
two good shots. A decent strike. Beefy, for a birdie at the 9th. Now
within two of the lead. CHUCKLES With a 32 today.
Some golf. Padraig Harrington's ball came back down the slope. He is to
climb the step, going right to left and once it reaches the top level,
you want to go right to left, the wind is behind him... Good from
where he was, a huge swing. At 17, he has just bogeyed 16, he wants to
get this up and down... A bit obvious, I suppose. Sickening, when
you make such a move and begin to let it drift away.
Downhill left to right, and into the winter... But have played this hole
very well, they could have easily started with birdies. That biggest
putt was fractionally short but a good four. That's for Alexander
Knappe. This is for his... Ooh, a double at 17. He slips back to five.
Hard, three shots going in a flash. 6-under par. Par-5 3rd, which has
caused all sorts of problems today. This is Rickie?Fowler. I should say
all sorts of problems for some... The leaders for par, Padraig
Harrington... That is not like him at all... He
has parted really well for a couple of days, going brilliantly. --
putted. For a birdie at 17, it's Carlsson. Five or 6-under par, it
won't be far away at the end of the day. On the third green,
Rickie?Fowler... That is remarkably accurate.
Nico, playing a lot of good golf so far this year. Third in the PGA
earlier in the season. That was his big finish this year... Ooh, that
was beautifully done! Rickie Fowler with a birdie at the 3rd combat a
tee shot at the par-3, 199 today. Fore! I think it hit the youngster
there... He is grimacing, and holding his leg. Hopefully not too
serious... A lovely birdie from Nicolas Colsaerts. Rickie Fowler is
doing the right thing... There is the youngster. Well done, Rickie
that's all very well, but it still hurts! What a way to finish, after
the previous two holes. From around the bunker, I assume that is for a
birdie four. An eagle? What a way to finish! That is a round of 67.
Absolutely brilliant from Andy Sullivan. This is improving
steadily, as we watch Rickie Fowler, it would be a heck of a save after a
hideous tee shot. Well done. He is putting the ball in his pocket, I
suppose it is a pretty windy day. You never know when you may not have
enough ammunition. Hanging on by the fingernails to the
top tier... Callum Shinkwin... Ooh... That is a cracking shot from
Callum Shinkwin. Andrew Dodt has this for a par... Struck firmly and
confidently to the back of the cup. The great thing about Hawk-Eye is
that that was a good putt, it wasn't bad, but you could tell early on it
was never quite on the right path. Might be wondering why we are not
seeing an awful lot of the likes of Adam Scott or Stephen Gallacher,
they are both having a pretty torrid time. Scott is four over, Stephen
Gallacher is 5-over. The wind is straight in the player's face here.
A really strong wind. Just want to drive this one though, don't get it
to balloon, you don't want to spin it. The quickest thing there, did
not really complete the backswing. Is it out of bounds? I suspect it
might be, I did not see any white stakes but it looks like it is over
a fence. A little bit of right-to-left... A triple break. It
was indeed! Definitely a boundary fence, isn't it? It will be out of
bounds. There is no ruling required or anything for that. It is straight
back to the tee, and play another. Back at 14, Andrew Johnston making
his birdie... So it is a good day so far for B. Only four to go, a tough
stretch of closing holes -- it is a tough day for Beef. That one started
high and left... This could really be a bad one. And surprising, he
played the first three holes extremely well. And all of a sudden,
going sideways. Callum Shinkwin on the fifth, this is for a par. Both
of these players in danger of making a bogey here. Well, we found Alex's
birdshot, it is left of left, so to speak! -- third shot. Ian Gould's
birdshot at the 5th, the best putt of 40 yards away. He has done pretty
well to stay there. This lie is not great, the ball is sat way off the
ground in some very long grass. You have two really launch it high right
away, to get it over the top of the course, he's about 50 yards from the
hole. Gripping well down on it. That's a great result. Looking like
he was going to be there all day! Make a par here at five... ?
Hawk-Eye, on the green... No, robbery!
This is for five... Hold hold-up! Well, a double three. Beef... Hmm...
Boy, what a fan club! CHUCKLES No, that is the second time Padraig
Harrington has missed a putt this afternoon, after one at the 1st.
He knew it straightaway, a little bit of a flinch. A bit of a change
at the top there, Rickie Fowler, Callum Shinkwin and Ian Poulter, all
three leaders have dropped out the top spot overnight. How is he
looking there? Very good. He's played extremely well, those boys
out in wicked weather today. Those boys doing extremely well. A
pitching wedge, 179 yards from Callum Shinkwin. CHUCKLES
A great shot! Now, Rickie Fowler. That isn't like him, he has been
putting quite beautifully. But when the wind is blowing this hard, it
isn't easy, it is easy to get buffered. He cannot believe it. That
one is blowing very firmly. And he deserved it, he had a copy of -- a
couple of putt Boyle that could have done well earlier. Now he is leading
at 9-under. Taking the putter from a long way off the green. Would have
thought that a nice little pitch would not be difficult but he has
handled it well, he made the right decision. He certainly did, he
surely could have got a pitch that close... A beautiful judgment.
Gregory Havret with a chance. Left-handed putting style. Nicely
done. Andrew Dodt for his par, a lovely approach putt, a couple of
paces short of the green. No! No! A perfect little shot here for Ian
Poulter, able to hold it up, the breeze is quite strong. Ware the
hole cut towards the end of the green, if you paces there. A really
good shot. Andrew Dodt took a putter from a if you paces inside of this.
Callum Shinkwin, playing a pitch and run -- took a part from a few paces.
He found a poor lie. Perfect tee shot, Andrew Dodt.
Taking a bit of spin, the perfect second shot. A great opportunity to
get that shot back that he dropped at the last. Ian Poulter, for a
birdie here at seven. Get there... Yes! 9-under par for
Ian Poulter. The Championship leader. Taking a lot of time here,
Andrew Dodt, after seeing that short one back at seven... The first bogey
of the day. It would be great to get it straight back.
Well done, back to 8-under par. Callum Shinkwin for par, this is to
stay in the lead with Ian Poulter. So, we've had a swap at the top. Ian
Poulter now leads on his own. Note... Yes, that is right, sorry,
Callum Shinkwin is back to 8-under, Poulter nine.
Andrew Dodt took a horrible triple at the previous par-3, of course.
Come on, look for the hole. Yes! Well done. Well, I suppose in these
conditions, that is not all that bad...
Leads to go three yards left of the tee. And slide back into the pin...
You would expect a bit of release... Nice rhythm in that swing, a
beautiful shot, pitching three yards left. Every chance of another birdie
for Ian Poulter, well done! He's done pretty well too.
Brilliant, actually. Henrik Stenson for a birdie here.
Thank you. Back to even par for the big Swede. And a par, down the
breeze, to come. Ian Poulter leading the way at
9-under, Callum Shinkwin and Andrew Dodt one shot back, Padraig
Harrington, Alexander Knappe and others just behind. Thank you.
Straight back to 9-under par. Momentarily tied again with Ian
Poulter. The trouble is, if you try and hit
it too firmly, it's easy to get a par lip out. The only player in the
last 14 groups and a par. Back at 14. A second shot at 94 Andrew Dodt.
The difficulty here is that the pin is ten on -- a second shot at nine,
for Andrew Dodt. On the fairway, left of the mound that guards the
pin position. Not a bad result. Padraig Harrington on an upset here,
he has no choice but to fly it up the green, with the wind in his
face, he should be able to lofty top there. -- loft it up there. That was
weird... An odd shot he played, you would have thought he would throw it
into the air more, Mark. It looked like he slipped the club into the
ball there. Andrew Dodt for a birdie, an outside chance to get
within one. A good effort, that will be par, remaining 8-under, half of
36. Callum Shinkwin hits the ball so hard, he will get plenty of spin
here. That time, he didn't. A birdie putt for Ian Poulter, should move
right-to-left... Yes, we have seen some beauties from Ian Poulter over
the last 2.5 days. It was close. Patrick
-- Kuchar for a birdie. That is the way, fill it up! I wonder if he is
tired of that, yet... Callum Shinkwin with a good birdie chance
after his nice preparation to the ninth, gently downhill all the way.
I could not have a good look at it but I did not see much break there.
A little right-to-left, but lacking in pace. It has been five years
since Ian Poulter was last in the winner 's circle but it has been
somewhat of a revival of late from the Englishman already, notching up
a second-place finish at the Players Championship this season. He's
already got his place at the Open next week secured and isn't it
something to build up to that with more silverware here this week? He
is being chased all the way by his playing partner, Callum Shinkwin,
one shot back at 9-under par as the players make their way to the
tenth... Has only missed two fairways. I
think I have seen him swinging better. Always a brisk swinger. Good
release, freewheeling through the ball. Really, really good. Fowler
but the next hole. 120 yards. Into the wind. Anywhere within 25 feet is
not too bad. Those front bunkers are evil little things. Pretty
straightforward putt downhill, right to left.
What a great putt. Can probably try and keep this one reasonably low,
just cut it into the flag. Wind against him on the right.
Pretty good shot from Ian Poulter. Playing very steadily.
Great shot. Very good shot, the quickest way to catch the group of
front, hit them close and start tapping them in. Worst of the
downslope. What a lovely shot. Great shot from a less than satisfactory
lie. Well done, Harrington. Finally. First thing of any length that's
gone into Padraig today. Looks vaguely surprised. Doesn't look as
if he's aiming for very much. Depends on the pace.
Just hit it right through any break. Third shot, Rickie Fowler. Here at
12. Good putt. Just to keep the momentum
going. Alexander Knappe's attempt for birdie. After the triple on the
fourth, it is a sterling effort. Well done. Showing a bit of
resilience. Fowler for his par. Just on the left edge. Bogey, that will
drop him back to 6-under par. Andrew Dodt at 11 across this wide but
short green. Bit of right to left on it. Not far off is it? Right in the
middle, Andrew Dodt. Absolute corker, he moves to minus nine. This
difficult tenth, second toughest hole. Alexander Knappe.
Who knows? No 1-over there because there's no crowd.
Challenging putt for Ian Poulter. Right-to-left at the end. Did we
stop early to avoid the weather? That was the theory. Alex Levy putts
the birdie. That gets him back to level for the round. Currently -6,
tied seventh. Pulled up very quickly. Certainly
did. This would be a top, top, top par the Padraig, if he can make this
one. He knows it goes left to right. The wins will have an impact as
well. -- window. That was a wonderful putt for Ian Poulter. It
is raining pretty hard as well as the wind. This'll be a good par for
the Aussie. Past. This is his fourth at the 10th.
Could drop just the single shot. Just needed to be a little more bold
and he would have made it. This is Mat Kuchar of a birdie. At the
par-5/14. Several chances, just can't quite make a putt today. This
one might be a little bit right to left. He knows it is going to slow
down. He will do well to get it there.
Hundred and 20 into a stiff breeze. He knows those evil bunkers are
guarding the front. Brilliant absolutely brilliant. Now, Fowler.
Long iron, down the breeze. 546 yards to go on this par-5. He has
done well to find the green. Stay there. After that superb tee shots,
Padraig Harrington, birdie. Oh! The putter certainly has misbehaved.
Back to the 13th, long birdie chance for Andrew Dodt, the Australian.
Go on... It is the hole that has caused havoc all week. Mat Kuchar at
the par-3 15th. Ian Poulter, just 12 paces into this
13th green. Grand. Padraig Harrington, second
shot. Good shot. Still seeing some very good golf and some very good
scoring. Ian Poulter is a couple under for the round and Andy
Sullivan in with a splendid 67. His normal sweet stroke. Fowler,
from up on the slope at 15. Little downhill lie, the ball is sitting
nicely but everything will kick in from the right. Too much. It is a
nasty one for his par. Wouldn't like to go any further back. Probably
because of Ian Poulter, just borrowed a little bit too much. He
has been a little stiff with the putter today, Shinkwin. Played some
splendid stuff. Comes from Hertfordshire, just north
of London, from a boxing family. Tried a bit himself but then he
discovered the golf ball doesn't hit back. It has a bit today though.
Fowler, for his par at 15. That was a beautiful stroke. Couple of putts
haven't been as fluent as that and he has missed a couple, but that was
more like him. Fine and dandy. The view from above.
Not quite as many spectators as you would expect at Dundonald.
Well done. There are no easy putts on a day like today.
Good lie here, bit of a downslope, ball below his feet. Straight into
the wind. You need to drive it low into the wind and rain. Moving it
from right to left with a real solid strike. Good shot. Massive drive
from Shinkwin. Looked like one of his wages. Probably is. That is
something. Easy P easy. Eagle three coming up.
Looking good. Pretty good shot from there. Could still make a birdie.
He's going to loft this up with a low trajectory and get it to run up
to the hole. Not much break. Cupped his left hand to the hitting area
and added loft. That was a terrible effort. Very tough putt to make.
Obviously, very difficult to read these greens. Hawk-Eye is having
problems. Fowler for par at 16. Shot from just off the front. That is a
waste of a shot. Where you any good at these? One of the secrets to that
is get your hands up higher because your tendency is let your hands drop
and then catch the ground, just like he did there.
Par for Ian Poulter. Tied at the top. Matt Kuchar on 17.
Holy cow. Oh my god. I have an hit one of those whatever. You won't be
able to say that next week. Probably try and play this with left to right
spin. It is going big time left to right. Pretty good shot. Anywhere
around the green is not bad. Shinkwin and Ian Poulter minus ten.
Dodt, hanging in there. Sullivan, tucked up in his hotel room drinking
a cup of tea. Some trouble here for Shinkwin. Don't get ambitious, don't
try and shove it right, just get it out. He that gives, take us away.
Back to 5-under. He has got to hit it hard and get it straight up in
the air. Taking the putter, we saw him do this back at seven, 20 yards
off the green. He made a good effort, but that not so good. Must
be slow from there because Fowler left it short as well. Look at that,
I cannot believe they built that railway line right to the middle of
the golf courses. Dodt, currently third on his own. Good putt, good
save. Reasonably daunting birdie putt on the 15th. Got to run it
along the edge of the ridge and across the green.
He's not bad, is he? His stroke looks good, reminiscent of Fowler's.
Shinkwin makes a great shot, only dropped one. Stretched out a little
at the top. Ian Poulter's short game has been in
great shape. This will test and because it is settled into a
difficult lie on the upslope. Genius. It is amazing to get that
much spin on it out that lie. He has groups than me. -- sharper groups.
Anja Knapp, birdie putt at 14. Yes. Good work.
-- Alexander Knappe. Shinkwin playing some real links golf here
with the putter from way. They will be pairing in the
clubhouse. Andrew Dodt, shouldn't be too difficult, plenty of grass under
the ball. Come on, turn. Great shot. Shinkwin has been consulting the
Green book and then doing what Ian Poulter does, walking all around it.
We have seen a double break around Hawk-Eye. Just about right. What a
great save. Good up and down there from Matt
Kuchar. A round of 73. Played quite consistently most of the day. Just
didn't get anything going on the greens. Can't believe Ian Poulter
has left it this far short of the hole. This is a tricky one. Is there
a hint of left or right? I am not sure. Yes, and he didn't see it. We
are tied at the top, Ian Poulter and Shinkwin. Now at 9-under par. It is
a bogey putt the Padraig. So his poor day is getting worse for one of
our overnight leaders. Rickie Fowler continues to struggle.
Rickie Fowler round in 74, at 5-under and he's going to be four
behind, at least, you would think. Look at Graeme McDowell and Richard
Bland. They are both in the picture now.
Gorgeous. Great play from Ian Poulter what a good break and he's
made the most of it. Couple of times this week, credit to
those Scottish golf fans, not been a pleasant day for watching or playing
golf, but they have stuck it out to the end. Rock-solid.
His short game has looked good, he's rolled the ball well. One more in
him. What a good performance by Andrew Dodt.
Lovely flight. Just no way it can... Fine. Ian Poulter had abuse of the
lie, the grass was lying in the right direction. Much better than
the one Shinkwin has got. It is OK, but it is much more podgy grass
here. That was a wonderful shot. Absolutely wonderful shot. Final
pair on the 17th. Alexander Knappe. That came out soft. Almost went
underneath it. Is this going to do much? I don't think so, it is uphill
and then over the ridge. Slightly disappointing five at the
last but overall, good from Ian Poulter. Total of -9, tied for the
lead right now with Andrew Dodt. This for the lead. He pushed it
right, didn't he? I don't know. He didn't seem to stand up knowing he
pushed it. He kept his position. I get the feeling he missed Reddit
completely. Difficult to know, but at the performance. Disappointing he
didn't make the birdie to lead on his own. We will have three players
on 9-under par. Two fine rounds of golf from Shinkwin and Ian Poulter.
But there were problems behind. Struggles of the tee for Alexander
Knappe. Of the German battled to stay in touch. Heading into Sunday's
final round, here is how things stand. The three tied up the top
surviving brutal conditions to stay ahead of the field. But how good did
the rounds of Andy Sullivan, eight and Johan Carlsson Lucknow? Andy
Sullivan, the lowest of the day. Ryan Fox and Paul Dunne are three
back and there are 13 plays within four shots of the lead including
major champion, Graeme McDowell. Brutal conditions, it must feel like
a good score today? Yes, I am glad to be finished, it was brutal. Windy
early arm with a bit of rain, but as he made the turn on the tenth, 11th,
the rain came back and it blew a gale and it was hold onto your hats
weather. I think I did a pretty good job. Tight leaderboard and the
weather is supposed to ease tomorrow, how aggressive do you have
to be in the final day? I need to finish one in front of everyone
else. I will watch the leaderboard and go out there and do the best I
can. I will be aggressive to the pin locations I feel are accessible and
go and have some fun. I am in a good mental state, a few months back,
things were pretty difficult, but obviously life is a little bit
easier right now and I am enjoying my goal. I feel good, feel great and
feel excited to be in this position and I relish the opportunity
tomorrow to try and put my hands on that trophy. I am going to have to
play well, there are great plays behind me, a lot at stake tomorrow.
I will do my best. Great prize fund on offer, will be your first if you
it tomorrow, the Open Championship qualification at stake. Is this week
like changing in a way? It can be, but I am focusing on one shot at the
time. I am focusing on getting in, getting dry, keeping warm and
getting some food. Tomorrow it kicks off again. Do you think you will
sleep come to be tonight? I hope so. You don't get nervous? Normally, but
there was a lot of noise from the hotel last night. It is all set up
from an exciting final day and you can see how it all unfolds on BBC
Two tomorrow. It is all part of a huge sporting Sunday with the
British Grand Prix on radio five Live and of course the Wimbledon
men's final from the All-England Club.
The main event starts at Royal but they'll on Thursday. Plenty to look
forward to, particularly here at Dundonald where despite the best
weather airship could throw at us, we still saw some impressive golf
out on the course. Thankfully this wind and rain is due to ease
tomorrow so we are in for a tasty shoot out to seek you can count the
silverware the week before the Open Championship. But for me, it is time
for dry clothes and a cup of tea. I will see tomorrow. Goodbye for now.
When I think of the world we inhabit, everyone will think,
Yeah. And it wasn't, it was done by hand
over days and weeks and months and years.
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.