Justin Rose blooms on day three at Royal Aberdeen

Justin Rose shot a splendid 66 on Saturday
Justin Rose shot a splendid 66 on Saturday
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Justin Rose has risen to a share of the lead following 54 holes of the Scottish Open

Rose is joined on 10-under-par by Marc Warren, who recorded his second round of 67 this week to increase hopes of a home win for the local crowd.

Justin Rose was in inspired form on Saturday, shooting a 66 at Royal Aberdeen to give him a share of the lead at the Scottish Open.

The Englishman started the day just one shot off the pace, after rounds of 69 and 68 respectively on Thursday and Friday, but stepped up a gear on moving day.

Rose made a steady but unspectacular start, recording five straight pars before collecting a birdie at the par-five sixth, before paring the last three holes on the front nine.

But the 2013 US Open champion carded three consecutive birdies on 10, 11 and 12. Despite a dropped shot at the par-four 14th, Rose then picked up birdies on 15 and 16 to card a five-under-par round and leave him on -10 for the tournament.

Rose is joined on 10-under-par by Marc Warren, who recorded his second round of 67 this week to increase hopes of a home win for the local crowd.

The Scot though could have been out on top on his own but for a bogey five at the last, having reached -12 at one stage of this third round.

Warren almost won this tournament two years ago, finishing tied-third in 2012 after blowing a three shot lead on the final day, but feels he is in a 'great position' going into this year's last round.

Scotland has another hope of a winner on Sunday, with Craig Lee in a tie for fifth after matching Rose's third-round 66.

The 37-year-old has never won on the European Tour but sits just four shots off the pace going into the final day, after a bogey-free round on Saturday.

Halfway leader Ricardo Gonzalez is sat alongside Lee on -6 following a second successive round of 71, after he bogeyed 16 and 18.

Meanwhile, two players are sandwiched in-between the leaders and Lee and Gonzalez - Kristoffer Broberg and Tyrrell Hatton.

Sweden's Broberg is just one shot off the pace after carding a 68, which was a mixed bag of birdies and bogeys. The 27-year-old was out in 34 and came home in 34 to leave him on nine-under-par.

Although Broberg is outside the top 300 in the world rankings, his recent form has been impressive - with a tied-third finish at the Irish Open followed by a top-15 finish at the Open de France.

A further two shots back is Englishman Tyrrell, who was another to card a 66 on Saturday. The man from Marlow, who tied for second at the Joberg Open earlier in the year, came back in 32 after three birdies on 12, 13 and 14 to give him an opportunity of collecting his first European Tour title.

Elsewhere, three players - Pablo Larrazabal, Shane Lowry and Mikko Ilonen - are five off the pace and will still feel they have a chance of collecting the €627,000 first prize.

Spaniard Larrazabal was another member of the 66 club on Saturday - his round included an eagle three at the par-five sixth.

What of Rory McIlroy? The first-round leader recovered from his Friday nightmare, to card a third round 68.

The world number eight recorded a bogey five at the first, but recovered to shoot three birdies on the front nine. His back nine saw eight pars and one birdie, which came at the par-four 16th.

Although a win in Scotland this week looks unlikely, with McIlroy at three-under-par and seven shots off the pace, he can take some positives into the Open Championship at Hoylake next week.

This Sunday though it's Rose who many will feel is the man to beat, especially with his top level experience. A victory in Aberdeen would bring the world number six his first tournament win on the European Tour since 2007.

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