Graeme McDowell set a new course record of 64 and put himself in contention of a second Scottish Open title in four years today.
However, last year’s US Open Champion was being closely followed at the top at Castle Stuart scoreboard by newcomer Scott Jamieson.The Glasgewian was four shots clear at one point, but he double-bogeyed the 17th and had to settle for a still remarkable 66.
McDowell was down in joint 30th spot after yesterday's 69 but an eagle at the 12th and four birdies saw him turn in a 33 on the first nine. "It was a good day’s work obviously. Conditions were easy and the course was there for the taking a little bit. But it was nice to get the low juices flowing.
''It’s going to give you some confidence and the art of going low is a very important art''. said a happy McDowell. "The course does not pose much of a challenge off the tee, but it’s tricky around the greens and it gives you a test."
Young Jamieson, with four top six finishes already this year, eagled the 18th and second.
Earlier he had five successive birdies.Said Jamerson: "It’s exciting to be in this position in Scotland and to get my first win here would be fantastic." Felllow Scot Peter Whiteford and Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara were one behind with three to play, with Argentina’s Angel Cabrera and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts nine under after rounds of 64 and 66.Dubliner Padraig Harrington (67) and Justin Rose (67) were eight under,
Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson both on 68.Leaders Lee Westwood and Mark Tullo, both of whom started on 65, were among the late starters.