The golf gods were smiling on the field during the third round of the Scottish Open as the players were blessed with perfect weather in Scotland. The unexpectedly pleasant conditions resulted in a lot of scoring in the third round. Henrik Stenson fired a six under par 66 to grab a two shot lead over Phil Mickelson, JB Hansen, John Parry and Branden Grace.
Mickelson and Parry both escaped the third round without a blemish on their respective cards. Gareth Maybin was the man of the day, however, rocketing himself up the leaderboard with an eight under par on Saturday – which good for the low round of the day. Maybin, currently 13 under par, is only three shots off of the pace.
Stenson had been mired in a bit of a slump heading into his trip to Castle Stuart. He had been ranked as high as fourth in the world a few years ago, but then fell to a seemingly career-ending 230th a year and a half ago. He has battled his way back to 32nd in the world and, with a win, will move up several additional spots. “I wouldn’t say I’m far off that,” said Stenson. “The way I played today, that was top-10 standard. It’s as good as I have hit the ball all season.”
With such a crowded leaderboard, the final round of the event that many are using as a tune-up for the British Open is likely to be incredibly exciting. Anyone within four or five shots of the lead could still have a legitimate chance to pull out a victory.