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Wed Apr 23 19:24:13 SAST 2014

Mickelson and Donald lurk behind Scottish Open leaders

Reuters | 15 July, 2012 11:460 Comments
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open - Day Three
Phil Mickelson of the USA chips to the 18th green during the third round of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 14, 2012 in Inverness, Scotland
Image by: Warren Little / Getty Images

Phil Mickelson and defending champion Luke Donald profited from a glut of birdies in the Scottish Open third round to tuck in behind leader Francesco Molinari on Saturday.

Mickelson’s seven-under-par 65 included six birdies on the closing nine as the four-times major winner closed to within three shots of Molinari (67) whose 54-hole 17-under total of 199 put him a stroke ahead of Dane Anders Hansen (65).

World number one Donald, tied for ninth with six others, mixed seven birdies with three bogies en-route to a 68, a shot behind Mickelson, home favourites Martin Laird (64) and Peter Whiteford (66) and Swede Alexander Noren (70).

Another Scot Marc Warren (64) was 15 under alongside Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (64) as the field made the most of the benign conditions at the Castle Stuart course.

“My golf and my form are getting better and better,” said Italian world number 28 Molinari.

“Obviously, it’s a very good time to be playing this well, and I’ll just see how it goes tomorrow. However it goes, I know I’m going to be at Lytham playing well,” Molinari said of next week’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in England. 

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