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Senior Open: Darren Clarke in share of lead ahead of final round; Colin Montgomery three shots back | Golf News


Darren Clarke and Paul Broadhurst lead the Senior Open on nine under with one round to go; Colin Montgomerie in contention as ‘jelly baby trick works’ – watch final round live on Sunday from 1.30pm on Sky Sports Mix and then from 4pm on Sky Sports Golf

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Highlights from the third round of the Senior Open at Gleneagles where Darren Clarke and Paul Broadhurst lead on nine under par

Highlights from the third round of the Senior Open at Gleneagles where Darren Clarke and Paul Broadhurst lead on nine under par

Darren Clarke birdied his final hole to join Paul Broadhurst at the top of the leaderboard after round three of the Senior Open, while Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington remain in the mix at Gleneagles.

Clarke birdied his first hole and then added another gain at the 10th to move to 10 under and into a three-shot lead but back-to-back blemishes at 12 and 13 saw the Ulsterman revert to his overnight eight under.

The 53-year-old spurned other birdie chances but then picked up a shot on the last to move level with 2016 champion Broadhurst nine under and one clear of American Jerry Kelly and New Zealand’s Steven Alker.

It would be pretty cool to have both of them sitting next to each other. I have given myself an opportunity. I was really pleased with the way I played today. I was conservative.

2011 Open champion Darren Clarke on winning Senior Open

Broadhurst reeled off three successive birdies across the 13th, 14th and 15th holes, with his round containing six birdies in total and two bogeys, although he missed a six-foot birdie putt on the last.

Montgomerie and Harrington are in a share of the fifth spot on six under, alongside Ernie Els, Stuart Appleby and Thongchai Jaidee, with four-time champion Bernhard Langer a shot further back on five under.

Montgomery: The jelly baby trick worked!

Montgomerie ended his round with three birdies in a row having carded a birdie and then two bogeys at the start of his back nine after parring each of the holes on his front nine during his two-under 68.

Colin Montgomerie birdied his final three holes on Saturday with the Scot saying 'the jelly baby trick worked'

Colin Montgomerie birdied his final three holes on Saturday with the Scot saying ‘the jelly baby trick worked’

Speaking afterwards, Montgomerie attributed his late birdie salvo to munching on jelly babies, with the Scot saying: “[My caddie and I] were talking to Pádraig Harrington about jelly babies, the best food for everything, apparently.

“I thought, ‘he’s won a few majors’ so we thought we would do the jelly baby trick on the back nine and, wow, it worked!”

“So we’re going to buy a load of jelly babies to keep us going tomorrow because the weather is going to be iffy. I avoid the darker [jelly babies]. I like the reds, the yellows and the oranges.

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“I said at the beginning of the week that I wanted to contend and not just compete and now we’re beginning to think we’re contending, so we’ll see how we go. If I can hole putts tomorrow, there’s a chance . You never know.”

Harrington, meanwhile, mixed five birdies and four bogeys in his one-under 69.

Watch the final round of the Senior Open live on Sky Sports on Sunday. Coverage starts at 1.30pm on Sky Sports Mix and via the red button on Sky Sports Golf, with action on the main Sky Sports Golf channel from 4pm.

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