Molinari Lights Up the Loch





Final day looks to be in the hands of Molinari and Clarke with the two having a six stroke lead over the chasing pack.

Edoardo Molinari lit up the third day at Loch Lomond with a brilliant round of 63 which saw he card an eagle and seven birdies to take the top spot heading into the final round of the Scottish Open leading by one.

Edoardo isn’t only looking at Clarke but also his younger brother Francesco is still in the hunt finishing the day eight under par and joint third after a round of 68. He is currently tied third with Sweden’s Peter Hedblom who finished the day with a 69.

Still in the mix is the potential St Andrews Open spot which is very much up for grabs. The Italian brothers are already qualified but Clarke and Hedblom are both hoping to obtain that final place which goes to the highest ranking non-exempt player in the top five.

Clarke has also reignited hopes of making the Ryder Cup squad and a win at the Scottish Open could take him up to 12th from 38th with the prize money being £500,000.
After being asked about it he said “I have no idea where I am, but I know this is a good week to be playing well.

“The Ryder Cup is not something I have been thinking an awful lot about, but I have given myself a chance to win another tournament and if I do there are a few added bonuses that come with it.”

England’s Graeme Storm and Shane Lowry are joint fifth but are currently nine strokes off Molinari and would need fantastic final day rounds to even make a challenge for the title.