Rory McIlroy failed to fire on all cylinders and fell nine shots behind Bernd Wiesberger heading into the final round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club.
The Austrian fired the lowest round of his career with a 61 on day two at The Renaissance Club and he followed that with a 65 on Saturday to get to 20 under par in the third Rolex Series event of the season.
That was the lowest 54 hole score in the history of this event and the lowest of the 2019 Race to Dubai as Wiesberger chases his sixth European Tour title and second of the season after his victory at Made in Denmark in May.
South African Erik van Rooyen carded a round of 67 to sit at 18 under par, two shots ahead of Italian Nino Bertasio and Frenchman Romain Langasque. Scores
McIlroy shot a three-under 68, stalling in the middle of his round before finishing with two birdies in his last three holes to finish on 11-under.
One-over after four holes, he birdied the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth but was frustrated to bogey the 11th, leading to another dropped shot at the 12th.
“I definitely got frustrated, I bogeyed 11 and then sort of let that bother me and bogeyed 12 after that,” he said. “There have been a lot of chances. I feel like I could be, you know, a few shots better, but at the same time, this is where I'm at. I could have, would have, should have, but as long as I go out tomorrow and try and put it all together and play a good, solid round, I'll be happy with my week's work.
“I still feel like my game is in good shape. It's another round in the books and just try and finish off the tournament positively tomorrow and move on to Portrush.”
Power fades at John Deere
Seamus Power’s challenge for the John Deere Classic fizzled out on the back nine at TPC Deere Run.
The West Waterford man was just outside the top 10 after a second round 65 but he shot 75 on day three and barely survived the second cut on four-under.
After two early birdies, he bogeyed the ninth and then took seventh at the par-five 10th and bogeyed the 11th before following a two at the 16th with another double-bogey seven at the 17th and a bogey at the last for a homeward nine of 41.
Needing around $80,000 to secure his PGA Tour card with another three regular season events to go after this week, he’s tied for 61st heading into the final round where Andrew Landry and Cameron Tringale lead by one stroke on 16-under from Bill Haas and Adam Schenk. Scores
Sharvin continues good run
Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin appears determined to prolong his great run of form.
After finishing tied for 15th in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open it appeared he might miss the cut in the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge but instead shot a second round 71 to make the cut on the mark and then fired a six-under 65 on Saturday to move up to tied 14th heading into the final round. Scores
Ranked 14th in the Challenge Tour rankings, he was seven strokes behind England's Steven Tiley, who had a three-stroke lead over Dave Coupland and Dutchman Darius Van Driel on 12-under.
Ruaidhri McGee, who is 48th in the standings, shot a one-under 70 to go into the final round joint 31st on one-under.
Meadow in the pack in Ohio
Stephanie Meadow will move up the money list this week for the first time since May after a level par 71 left her tied 24th in the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.
She's 11 strokes behind Sei Young Kim on 5-under par but just three strokes outside the top 10 and seeking a result that could turn a trying season around - just six cuts made from 15 events. Scores
Leona rallies at French Lick Resort
Leona Maguire is third in the race for ten LPGA Tour cards with $78,839 from nine starts after she rallied on the final day to finish tied 14th in the Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort.
Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit shot a bogey-free, seven under par 64 on the Donald Ross Course to win by three strokes at 13-under. Scores
Leona posted a bogey-free, four-under 67 to finish on three-under and win $3,185.
She tees it up next week in the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic in Rochester, New York.
McGinley in the red at PGA Catalunya
Paul McGinley is just outside the top-10 heading into the final round of the European Tour Destinations Senior Classic PGA Catalunya Resort.
He shot a three-under 69 on the Stadium Course to share 13th on three-under, six shots behind South Africa’s Chris Williams.
Des Smyth is 41st on six-over with Philip Walton 46th and Brendan McGovern 50th. Scores
European Amateur Team Championships - Boys 4th, Men 5th, Women 7th, Girls 11th
Sweden won the 2019 European Amateur Team Championship for the first time since they completed back to back wins in 1961, defeating England 4.5-2.5 on home turf at Ljunghusen. Scores
Two matches went to extra holes with Caolan Rafferty and James Sugrue winning on the 22nd in foursomes and Mark Power on the 19th in the singles.
It was an outstanding week for Conor Purcell, who was second in strokeplay qualifying behind Scotland's Euan Walker and like Mark Power, won his three singles in matchplay.
Sweden also won the European Ladies' Team Championship at Is Molas Resort in Sardinia, defeating Spain in the final to secure back-to-back titles. World number one Frida Kinhult, secured the decisive point for Sweden on the 16th green. Scores
In the match for third place, hosts, Italy, defeated Germany to take home the bronze medals.
Ireland finished seventh following their 3-2 win over Denmark.
France beat Germany 5-2 to win the European Boys Team Championship and the 2019 Jean-Louis Dupont Trophy at Golf de Chantilly as Sweden defeated Ireland in extra holes for the bronze, winning 4-3.
It was a tremendous week for the Irish Boys who beat a strong England team 4-3 in the quarter-finals. Level after the foursomes, Tom McKibbin won on the 19th and Luke O'Neill claimed the anchor match 5&4 before Sweden's Adam Wallin birdie the 20th to beat a gallant Joshua McCabe;.
Denmark won the European Girls' Team Championship at Parador El Saler, defeating hosts Spain to win the event for the first time. Scores
In the match for third place, defending champions, Italy, defeated Germany to take home the bronze medals.
Ireland finished 11th, beating Wales 3-2 on the final day.