Team Scotland will begin tomorrow’s final round of the Eisenhower Trophy in ninth position, just one-shot behind the Irish and English teams, following a solid third round total of four-under-par.
The team’s score of four-under sees them reach 19-under-par in the overall standings. Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Switzerland and France join them in ninth place, with Ireland and England tied seventh on 20-under-par. Overall, America lead the way on 31-under, three-shots ahead of Sweden.
This year’s performance is already a marked improve on Scotland’s 2012, where the team finished tied 44th in Turkey, behind Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Zimbabwe.
The three-man team representing Scotland in Karuizawa, Japan is made up of this year’s Amateur champion Bradley Neil, 2014 Palmer Cup winner Grant Forrest and Chris Robb, winner of the Scottish Amateur Championship last month.
Forrest is still the Scot’s most valuable player in the Eisenhower Trophy. The 21-year-old from Craigelaw went round the Oshitate Course – which includes a 787-yard par-6 - in two-under-par after shooting a 69. In total, he’s nine-under-par for the World Amateur Team Championship event.
Chris Robb carded a three-over-par 74 in yesterday’s round, but recovered today, posting a third round two-under 69 like his teammate Forrest. Bradley Neil produced a level-par round of 71, cementing his tournament total of six-under-par.
Aiming to push the Scot’s out of the top ten are Denmark, two-shots behind in 14th place. Just behind the Danish are the German and Czech Republic sides, three shots short of the Scots in 15th.
Irish make third round Eisenhower Trophy surge
Team Ireland, made up of Gavin Moynihan, Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley, jumped 11 places in the leaderboard to seventh after a third round total of seven-under-par.
Moynihan produced the best round of the day for Ireland, going round the Iriyama Course in seven-under-par, with a six-under back nine. Paul Dunne also scored well, carding a three-under-par 68 on the Oshitate Course.
Gary Hurley, who had been under-par for his first two rounds, was left frustrated after a three-over-par third round that included an eight on the Oshitate Course’s 787-yard par-6.
Team England join Ireland in seventh spot on 20-under, with the Welsh team lagging behind in 27th place on nine-under.