Brooks Holds Narrow Lead at Gullane
Daniel Brooks shot his worst round of the Scottish Open on Saturday, a 1-under 69 put still holds a 1-stroke lead going into the final round of the tournament.
Brook’s 69 followed back-to-back rounds of 64 and 65. After just one blemish during his first two rounds, he started off Saturday with a double bogey and added a bogey on No. 10, but countered it with four birdies.
His lead is just one after France’s Raphael Jacquelin, who fired a 64, the best round of the day, to jump from 24th to second at 11-under. Jacquelin was 4-under on the front nine and added two more birdies on the back nine.
Jacquelin was just 2-under through the first 27 holes of the tournament, but has gone 9-under in the 27 holes since then.
Brooks and Jacquelin are the only two men in the top 10 not already qualified for The Open Championship. All either man needs to do to earn a spot in the third Major of the year is finish in the top three of non-qualifiers.
Sitting two strokes off the lead is the trio of England’s Tommy Fleetwood, The Netherlands’ Joost Luiten, and the US’ Rickie Fowler.
Fowler and Luiten each jumped up 10 spots with dueling 66s. Luiten in particular finished with a flourish. Sitting at even par through 12 holes, he birdied four of the final six holes.
Eight players are within four strokes of the lead, including 51-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez, who shot a 68 and is 8-under.
Defending champion Justin Rose fell off the map Saturday, struggling to a 2-over 72 to drop to 6-under, tying him for 18th. Rose had four bogeys on the back nine.