London – Little-known Swede Jens Dantorp birdied the last three holes on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Scottish Open, ahead of a chasing pack including Rickie Fowler.
World number 322 Dantorp, who has not even managed a top-10 finish this season, poured in a birdie putt on the 18th late in the day to sign for a two-under-par 68 and reach 13-under par for the tournament.
The 29-year-old leads from a group of six players on 12-under at Gullane, including seventh-ranked American and former champion Fowler.
In-form New Zealander Ryan Fox fired an excellent 63 including three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to join Fowler, alongside Matthew Fitzpatrick, German Marcel Siem, Scott Hend and Sweden’s Alexander Bjoerk.
Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, who has previously won twice in Scotland at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, is just two shots back alongside newly-crowned Irish Open champion and home favourite Russell Knox.
World number three Justin Rose is still in the hunt on 10-under after two late birdies in a 67, although reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed struggled to get going and is now six strokes adrift.
As it stands, Dantorp, Hend and Siem hold the three qualification places on offer for next week’s British Open at Carnoustie.
Leading scores after the third round of the Scottish Open at Gullane on Saturday (GBR and IRL unless stated, par 70):
197 – Jens Dantorp (SWE) 64-65-68
198 – Ryan Fox (NZL) 67-68-63, Scott Hend (AUS) 66-69-63, Matthew Fitzpatrick 68-66-64, Marcel Siem (GER) 66-67-65, Alexander Bjoerk (SWE) 67-64-67, Rickie Fowler (USA) 64-66-68
199 – Russell Knox 66-67-66, Aaron Rai 69-63-67, Tyrrell Hatton 65-64-70
200 – Joakim Lagergren (SWE) 67-69-64, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 68-68-64, Dean Burmester (RSA) 68-67-65, Brandon Stone (RSA) 70-64-66, Justin Rose 67-66-67, Trevor Immelman (RSA) 68-64-68, Eddie Pepperell 67-63-70
201 – Darren Fichardt (RSA) 69-67-65, Stephen Gallacher 70-66-65, Gavin Green (MAL) 69-67-65, Matthew Southgate 65-70-66, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 69-65-67, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 67-66-68, Charley Hoffman (USA) 67-66-68, Sam Horsfield 67-65-69, Luke List (USA) 63-69-69
202 – Andrea Pavan (ITA) 70-66-66, Pedro Oriol (ESP) 71-65-66, Justin Walters (RSA) 66-69-67, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 69-65-68, Steven Brown 69-64-69, Ian Poulter 66-67-69, Li Haotong (CHN) 66-65-71
203 – Patrick Reed (USA) 65-69-69