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Molinari storms into lead at Scottish Open

Edoardo Molinari produced a stunning round of 63 in the third round of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
Edoardo Molinari produced a stunning round of 63 in the third round of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Edoardo Molinari shoots superb round of 63 to take lead at Scottish Open in Loch Lomond
  • Italian finished third round on 15-under par, one ahead of overnight leader Darren Clarke
  • Molinari's brother, Francesco tied for third; U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell in 14th place
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(CNN) -- Italian Edoardo Molinari will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the Scottish Open after a sensational eight-under par round of 63 at Loch Lomond on Saturday.

The Italian pipped overnight leader, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, to the top spot after making birdies at four of the final five holes.

The run capped a magnificent round which included eight birdies in total and an eagle, leaving him 15-under par after 54-holes.

"Both Darren and myself played great -- I think I just holed a few more putts. I hope the crowds enjoyed it," Molinari said afterwards, AFP reported.

"The wind wasn't as strong as yesterday and despite the rain of the last few holes it was playing easier. I hit it great so I can't complain about anything," he added, AFP reported.

While Molinari is trying to claim his first European Tour title, Clarke is also desperate for a victory.

The 41-year old hasn't won on the tour since bagging the Dutch Open title in 2008.

But a four-under par 67 leaves him him one stroke off the lead, and well placed to end the drought as well as secure qualification for next week's British Open at St Andrews.

Molinari younger brother, Francesco is tied for third place on eight-under par with Swede Peter Hedblom, after the Italian completed a tidy round of 68 on another damp day in Dumbartonshire.

England's Graeme Storm is in a tie for fifth place on six-under par with Republic of Ireland's Shane Lowry, who carded an excellent five-under par 66.

Clarke's fellow countryman and U.S. Open champion, Graeme McDowell improved on his opening two rounds of 71,shooting a three-under par 68, which moved him up to 14th place.