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Molinari brothers battle for Gleneagles crown

Italy's Edoardo Molinari moved to within one stroke of his younger brother, and leader Francesco at Gleneagles after 54 holes.
Italy's Edoardo Molinari moved to within one stroke of his younger brother, and leader Francesco at Gleneagles after 54 holes.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Francesco Molinari leads by one from his elder brother Edoardo at Johnnie Walker championship
  • Edoardo Molinari hopeful a win will hand him a wildcard pick for forthcoming Ryder Cup
  • Another European team hopeful, Simon Dyson in tie for third place after 54 holes
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(CNN) -- Italian Edoardo Molinari moved to within one shot of his brother, and tournament leader, Francesco Molinari heading into the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, Scotland.

A third round 68 by Francesco leaves him on 10-under par with 18 holes to play, while his older brother shot a three-under par 69 to finish in second place.

A clutch of players are tied for third place at eight-under par, including Oliver Wilson, Stephen Gallacher and Simon Dyson, who is hoping to secure the ninth and final automatic place on Colin Montgomerie's European Ryder Cup team.

To have any chance of making the European team Dyson must win the tournament, but also has to rely on two other Ryder Cup hopefuls slipping up.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez -- who currently holds the ninth automatic Ryder Cup place -- needs to finish lower than ninth at Gleneagles. He is currently tied for eighth place.

His other challenger for the automatic place is Swede, Peter Hanson.

Dyson must hope that the 32-year-old Hanson finishes outside the top 43 when he completes his final round tomorrow. The Swede is currently lying in 32nd place.

The Englishman, who finished 12th at the recent USPGA Championship, is just trying to focus on the job in hand.

"You can't really focus on anybody else's score. I'm just focusing on my own," Dyson said, EuropeanTour.com reported.

Meanwhile, the elder Molinari, Edoardo, is hoping that victory over his brother -- who has already secured his Ryder Cup place -- on Sunday will convince Colin Montgomerie to pick him as one of his wildcards for the event which is being held at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales at the beginning of October.

"I'm probably one of the candidates, so I think if you win the last event and you don't get picked there's something seriously wrong," 29-year-old Edoardo told BBC Sport.

European Ryder Cup captain, Montgomerie told BBC Sport that if Edoardo Molinari won at Gleneagles "would make my headache even worse."

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But the 47-year-old Scot added that he didn't feel under pressure to pick players competing at Gleneagles, but rather the pressure of picking the best players.