8am Round-Up: Vikki Laing in title hunt in Abu Dhabi

Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen is just two shots off the lead in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Getty Images

Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen is just two shots off the lead in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Getty Images

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Vikki Laing heads into the final round of the LET’s Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi today with an outside chance of victory.

The Musselburgh woman carded a third consecutive 69 at Saadiyat Beach to sit on nine-under, six shots behind new leader Georgina Hall from England.

Hall jumped the top of the leaderboard with a third-round 67 and is a shot ahead of Australian Sarah Kemp.

Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen sits a shot further back as she chases a third victory of the season.

Sally Watson is the next best among the five Scots that made the cut on five-under.

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Colin Montgomerie made a stuttering start in the Dominion Charity Classic, the second event in the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Play-Offs, in Virginia.

The Scot carded a one-under-par 71 to sit in a share of 23rd, six shots off the lead, at Dominion Country Club.

Montgomerie, who is sitting second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings behind Bernhard Langer, birdied the fifth and sixth, gave those shots back with bogeys at the 10th and 11th before getting under par again at the 16th.

Playing partner Langer, who missed last week’s event in California due to injury, returned to action by firing a 67.

American Tom Byrum leads on 65, one ahead of Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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Former winner Martin Laird is sitting just inside the projected cut in the delayed Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The Scot, who was unable to complete his opening round on Thursday, returned to yesterday to sign for a 70 before adding a 69.

He’s on three-under-par at TPC Summerlin, where the second round will be finished today.

Aussie Rod Pampling leads in the clubhouse on 14-under, one shot ahead of former SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge winner Brooks Koepka.

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Peebles player Darren Howie finished runner-up in the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

The Scottish Boy international closed with a 74 for a 219 total, nine behind runaway winner Harry Goddard after the English youngster signed off with a 67.

Goddard follows in the footsteps of Ryder Cup duo Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick by claiming the title.

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Connor Syme crashed to an 80 in the second round of the Federal Amateur Open in Australia.

The Drumoig player, who’d opened with a 73, was two-under after three before seeing the wheels come off.

He dropped 11 shots in 12 holes from the fifth, the damage including two 7s.

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Clydeway Golf’s Graham Fox sits third but eight shors off the lead heading into the final round of the PGAs of Europe Invitational Pro-Am in Portugal.

The Tartan Tour star added a 71 to his opening 66 at Quinta do Lago for a seven-under-par total.

Peter Gustafsson, with blustering rounds of 65 and 64, leads by five shots on 15-under.

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