The hot streak of form continues for Francesco Molinari at the Scottish Open, with the Italian once again lighting up the Castle Stuart Golf Links course in an aggressive display that has become his trademark of late.
Molinari fired a five-under 67 in Inverness on Saturday (local time) to reach 17 under the card overall and take control of the tournament with 18 holes to play.
The round featured five birdies by the tenth hole followed by eight straight pars coming home - as Molinari looked to confirm his position at the top of the leaderboard. An accurate long game combined with new-found consistency with the putter has helped Molinari enjoy a golden period over the past few weeks.
Anders Hansen moved to outright second at 16 under with a faultless seven-under 65 that included back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18.
"My golf and my form are getting better and better," he told reporters.
"Obviously it’s a very good time to be playing this well and I'll just see how it goes tomorrow."
Soren Kjeldsen and Marc Warren shared third place at 15 under following rounds of 64, while four players are just a shot further back including Phil Mickelson.
The best-placed Australian is Richard Green at 12 under.