Fitzpatrick and Detry lead Rahm by one point ahead of Scottish Open final round
July 10 (Reuters) – England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Belgium’s Thomas Detry split the lead after the third round of the Scottish Open on Saturday, with world number one Jon Rahm in the neck before the final day at the Renaissance Club.
Fitzpatrick had six birdies and lost two strokes in his 67-under-par to climb to 14-under.
The six-time European Tour winner has been joined by overnight co-leader Detry, who hopes to beat his league title on the tour after a 68 compound.
Rahm, fine-tuning his preparations at North Berwick for next week’s British Open, was in the lead group until the 16th hole where he made three 16-foot putts to give up a shot.
The Spaniard signed a 69 to follow the leaders at once as he looks to win again in his first appearance since his US Open triumph at Torrey Pines last month.
“Just a few mistakes, whether it’s me mentally or technically, whatever,” Rahm said.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s been happening quite a bit over the last few days. I’m generally very, very solid inside five feet. It’s really unusual.
“But I’m making up for it with a few more longer putts and hitting some really, really good shots. Hopefully I can continue like this tomorrow and clean up the little mistakes and come out on top.”
Australian Lucas Herbert, winner of the Irish Open last week, climbed 19 places in the standings to place fourth at under 12, with compatriots Min Woo Lee and Wade Ormsby sitting a stroke further alongside the ‘American Scottie Scheffler.
Sweden’s Alexander Bjork produced the week’s lowest lap with a 63 to drop to under 10 and sit alongside world number five Xander Sc Chaudele, reigning Dubai race winner Lee Westwood and captain European Ryder Cup Padraig Harrington.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis
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