Published: 14/07/2012 15:12 - Updated: 14/07/2012 15:49

Real battle at top of Scottish Open leaderboard

Written byby Paul Chalk

Scottish Open title holder, and world number one, Luke Donald.
Scottish Open title holder, and world number one, Luke Donald.

SCORING has been low and impressive in sunny and calm conditions in round three of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart - ahead of the afternoon downpours.

Scots Martin Laird and Peter Whiteford are at the front of a host of home golfers making their impact. Laird has finished on 14 under par - that’s just three off top spot by mid-afternoon on Saturday. Whiteford is on 13 under par ahead of the final round.

At 3.30pm, day one leader Francesco Molinari from Italy is one shot ahead of Swede Alexander Noren at 17 under par as steady showers fall on the links course. Molinari's five birdies today have shot him clear.

Rutherglen’s Marc Warren and Soren Kjeldsen share joint third position with a score of 15 under par.

Steven Gallacher’s round of seven under for the day fired him to 11 under overall. He finished with a birdie this morning, which was one of nine in this round.

Glasgow's Alastair Forsyth is at nine under par. Only two late bogies halted him from hitting double digits as he approaches the 18th hole.

Amateur Jack MacDonald (19) from Kilmarnock will begin Sunday with a smile on his face after finishing his early morning work at eight under par, with Steven O’Hara from Bellshill on seven under.

A total of seven Scottish players made the cut last night, which was four under and above to qualify, but it’s Laird and Warren so far who are right in the mix.

Scottish Open winner last year, world number one Luke Donald, is now five shots behind the leader after 14 holes.

For the live European Tour leaderboard, click below –

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012050/leaderboard/index.html

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