Noren leads by 2 shots after 3rd round of Scottish Open

Richie Ramsay has successfully qualified for next week's Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Alex Noren of Sweden rolled in five birdies in his last eight holes to shoot a 6-under 66 in calmer conditions and take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Scottish Open on Friday.

Manassero became the youngest European Tour victor in 2010 at the age of 17 years and 188 days in winning the Castellon Masters, but is now ranked 596th in the world and has not had a top-10 finish since the 2014 Scottish Open.

U.S. Women's Open: In San Martin, Calif., world No. 1 Lydia Ko birdied the 18th hole to cap a 2-under 70 in the third round Saturday that put her in the lead of the U.S. Women's Open, bolstering her chance for her third major title in less than a year.

The odd aspect of the Scottish Open always relates to the potential for more than one player to emerge a victor.

'Now it's important to focus on my own game and ignore the others because I've learned that you are never certain to win from this position and anybody even six or seven-under is capable of shooting a brilliant final round. "It was a huge breakthrough for me to capture my first PGA Tour victory past year and ever since I've been playing some great golf". "I always love playing here, Castle Stuart is one of my favourite golf courses anywhere". "I just haven't trusted it on the golf course".

"Played steady on the front nine, and then you know, my last nine holes, I really got it going".

The Swede hit a stunning tee-shot on the par-three 17th hole, before adding a birdie three at the last to reach 12 under par for the tournament. "I played solid just like yesterday".

But a vital birdie on the 14th gave him that all-important two-shot advantage, which was only narrowed to one on the final hole after Tyrrell Hatton made birdie to finish alone in second. So I was trying to get back to adjusting for the spin rate off those lies into the wind.

Five-time major victor Phil Mickelson was among the later starters set to face winds gusting up to 35mph, the left-hander seeking his first win since following his Scottish Open victory by winning the Open the following week at Muirfield.

"Now I'm just so happy it's over because it was a tough, tough leaderboard". "Right now it's a great relief from a lot of things and I'm glad that I handled myself really well in this week, which was not easy at all". "I didn't really get off to the start I wanted to in France last week".

Apart from booking a spot at Royal Troon, it earned a place at his first American major - the USPGA at Baltusrol, New Jersey, at the end of July.

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