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Poulter in three way tie heading into final round of Scottish Open

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Ian Poulter, Callum Shinkwin and Andrew Dodt stayed calm amongst the storm to stay at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard.

On a classic Scottish summer’s day which featured gusting winds, driving rain and not the warmest temperatures, Poulter and Dodt managed to post third round scores of one under par 71, while Shinkwin carded a level par 72, to share the nine under lead.

 

All three leaders are looking to win the European Tour’s fourth Rolex Series event – Poulter is keen to add to his 14 world-wide titles for the first time since 2012 and complete his comeback to the very top level, while Dodt and Shinkwin are eyeing what would be a life-changing victory which would guarantee them a place in the Open Championship at Birkdale next week.

Poulter shared, “I’m pretty happy. I think I would have signed for that before the day started. We knew the conditions were going to be really tough today. That's why they brought the tee times forward as much as they did. I didn't think it would be quite as bad as it was. I mean, I think 12 was about as tough as I've ever seen in terms of wind and rain.

“Attitude is everything, I think. You can beat yourself up before you get on the golf course, which is a problem. So before you go out, you could do half the damage before you start. I think starting with the right frame of mind, you know it's going to be a tough day, but everyone else is going to have just as tough a day as you are.

“I just need to finish one in front of everyone else. Obviously I'm a leaderboard watcher. I will go out there and do the best I can. I'll be aggressive to the pin locations that I feel are accessible, and just go and have some fun.

“I'm in a good mental state. Obviously a few months back, things were pretty difficult but life's a little bit easier right now and obviously I'm enjoying my golf. I feel good, I feel great, I feel excited to be in this position, and obviously I relish the opportunity tomorrow to try to put my hand on that trophy. I need to play well. There's a lot of players behind me. There's a lot at stake tomorrow and obviously I'm going to do my best.”

Andy Sullivan had taken advantage of the ‘easier’ conditions earlier in the day to produce a fine 67, including and eagle three on the 18th, to charge up the leaderboard and into fourth place on seven under.

Kiwi Ryan Fox, Irishman Paul Dunne and Sweden's Johan Carlsson are a shot further back on six under, with Ryder Cup stars Graeme McDowell, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler joining the nine-strong group of players on five under..”

Round three scores

207 C Shinkwin (Eng) 67 68 72, A Dodt (Aus) 67 69 71, I Poulter (Eng) 67 69 71,

209 A Sullivan (Eng) 70 72 67,

210 J Carlsson (Swe) 73 69 68, P Dunne (Irl) 68 73 69, R Fox (Nzl) 72 69 69,

211 G McDowell (Nir) 75 68 68, A Wall (Eng) 71 71 69, A Johnston (Eng) 73 68 70, R Fowler (USA) 67 70 74, A Knappe (Ger) 70 65 76, R Bland (Eng) 69 74 68, R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 70 72 69, M Kuchar (USA) 68 70 73, B Ritthammer (Ger) 72 69 70,

212 A Otaegui (Esp) 73 66 73, M Pavon (Fra) 69 74 69,

213 R Sterne (RSA) 73 69 71, G Havret (Fra) 71 66 76, L Slattery (Eng) 75 68 70, S Kjeldsen (Den) 71 72 70,

214 B Grace (RSA) 75 67 72, B Hebert (Fra) 68 72 74, A Levy (Fra) 72 66 76, J Campillo (Esp) 72 69 73, R Ramsay (Sco) 68 74 72, P Harrington (Irl) 67 68 79,

215 N Colsaerts (Bel) 70 67 78, A Cañizares (Esp) 71 72 72, J Scrivener (Aus) 72 68 75, K Broberg (Swe) 69 70 76, S Lee (Kor) 71 72 72, S Brazel (Aus) 72 69 74, M Kieffer (Ger) 71 72 72, L Haotong (Chn) 70 71 74, T Bjørn (Den) 72 71 72, R Rock (Eng) 73 69 73, L Bjerregaard (Den) 69 71 75, M Carlsson (Swe) 68 74 73,

216 A Björk (Swe) 73 70 73, T Aiken (RSA) 69 73 74, M Ilonen (Fin) 65 74 77, H Stenson (Swe) 72 69 75, R Karlsson (Swe) 69 74 73, D Horsey (Eng) 71 68 77,

217 R Fisher (Eng) 69 74 74, S Gros (Fra) 72 71 74, B An (Kor) 72 71 74, B Wiesberger (Aut) 73 69 75,

218 A Chesters (Eng) 71 70 77, R Wattel (Fra) 72 69 77, J Smith (Eng) 72 71 75, P Peterson (USA) 67 76 75, G Stal (Fra) 74 69 75, A Scott (Aus) 69 71 78, D Howell (Eng) 70 73 75,

219 A Lahiri (Ind) 76 67 76, D Stewart (Sco) 71 70 78, S Gallacher (Sco) 68 72 79,

220 R Gouveia (Por) 70 72 78,

221 P Waring (Eng) 73 70 78,

223 R Paratore (Ita) 69 73 81, L Donald (Eng) 70 72 81,

224 P Hanson (Swe) 69 74 81