Daniel Brooks holds onto the lead in the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.
Daniel started the third round badly, with a double-bogey at the first hole, but battled back to card a -1 under par 69 third round and stay at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard.
Daniel was more than happy to have recovered from that double-bogey start, in the cold and wind;
“It’s good to get off to a bad start and hold it together.”
“It was playing tough and cold in the wind so it was nice to carry on the way I have been playing. I hit a lot of poor shots today but scrambled and putted well.”
“It would be amazing to win, that’s what we play for.”
“It’s the biggest day of my career but I am trying not to think about it.”
“The main priority is to keep my card because I have been struggling all year.”
Raphaël Jacquelin, in second place at -11 under par, has been around for a long time, and the 40 year-old has suffered a lean spell of success, but a -6 under par 64 has put him back where he wants to be;
“It’s been hard, the last three months is really difficult, especially for me. Normally I make quite a lot of cuts and play pretty solid off the tee and I hit a lot of greens.”
“So it’s been tough but it’s my 20th season on Tour, so I’ve been lucky, never lost my card. So I can’t really complain, even if the last three months were difficult. It’s part of the game.”
“The game of golf, it’s getting really difficult. The level of the players is getting high.”
“So as soon as you’re not 100 per cent, you’re not going to play the weekend. That’s part of it.”
“That’s why we keep working hard and practicing like I did, to be in that position I will be in tomorrow.”
Third position is being shared by; Rickie Fowler, Joost Luiten and Tommy Fleetwood, all at -10 under par, and in a good position to attack the course tomorrow.
Graeme McDowell and defending champion Justin Rose both carded +2 over par 72 today and effectively took themselves out of contention, now T18 in huge group of players at -6 under par for the competition. Phil Mickelson could only manage an even par 70 round and remains way down the pack.