July 14, 2018 / 7:59 PM / 2 years ago

Sweden's Dantorp finishes fast to lead Scottish Open

Golf - European Tour - Scottish Open - Gullane GC, Gullane, Scotland, Britain - July 14, 2018 Sweden's Jens Dantorp walks onto the 18th green during the third round Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) - Sweden’s Jens Dantorp shot a third-round 68 in bright and breezy conditions at the Scottish Open on Saturday to move one shot clear of a group of players on a congested leaderboard.

The world number 322, who has never won a European PGA Tour event, birdied the last three holes to finish on 13 under par.

“Every shot is a new shot, and that mantra will be very important for me tomorrow,” Dantorp told reporters.

“It’s been a decent year so far but I haven’t really pulled anything off, so it’s nice to head out as leader.”

Dantorp, 29, will start the final round one stroke ahead of his compatriot Alexander Bjork, American Rickie Fowler, England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, Australian Scott Hend, New Zealander Ryan Fox and German Marcel Siem.

Fox, son of former All Blacks flyhalf Grant, and Hend shot matching seven-under-par 63s while world number three Justin Rose of England warmed up for next week’s British Open at Carnoustie with a solid 67 to join a group of players on 10 under par.

Writing by Ed Osmond; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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