Richie Ramsay, Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne ready to challenge for British Masters crown
Last Updated: 30/09/17 5:46pm
Richie Ramsay is relishing the chance to challenge for the British Masters title on Sunday after putting himself in contention with a five-under 65 in the third round.
The 34-year-old Scot is 11 under after 54 holes - just one shot behind leader Robert Karlsson - as he goes in search of a fourth European Tour success.
Ramsay had birdies on the sixth, eighth and 13th at Close House, with the highlight of his round coming at the par-four ninth, which he eagled after driving the green.
"I've just been there or thereabouts for a long, long time and I feel that getting in the mix tomorrow, back nine Sunday, I just love it," he said.
"Pressure is just brilliant. Put me in that position, it's the best place you can be; all the practice, and come down the stretch under the pressure with a great field and also a great turnout, I can't wait for it."
The weather forecast is not brilliant for Sunday, but Ramsay does not expect the conditions to be a problem for him.
"Well, we've just got to kind of ride it out, it's coming from Scotland. We just have to deal with it," he said.
"Some guys will like it and just have to bring the attitude that will deal with it the best. Persevere; sometimes when it was raining a little bit like today, have a good set of waterproofs and go from there."
Ireland's Shane Lowry is one shot behind Ramsay on 10 under after shooting a flawless 66 which contained four birdies.
Lowry also believes he is more than capable of capturing the title from his position, whatever the weather.
"This course is there," he said. "You know, when we come to a new course, it takes a little while getting to know it.
"I see David Lingmerth shooting 62 today; it's definitely there for the taking if you're playing well. It will jump up and bite you if you hit bad shots, but if you're playing well, it's there for the taking.
"I'll play the front nine as I've been doing all the week and see where I am going into the back nine. If I need to be more aggressive, I'll be more aggressive and see where that leaves me.
"I'm not sure what the forecast is, but it's been nice all week. We've been quite lucky. I mean, when you're coming up to the north of England at the end of September, you're not really expecting too much with the weather. It's been quite nice so far, and we've been lucky."
Lowry's compatriot Paul Dunne is another man in the mix on 11 under and he reckons he is capable of improving on his third-round 65 on Sunday.
Dunne, who birdied three of the first four holes, said: "All in all it was pretty easy. It could have been a few lower but hopefully I'll save that for tomorrow.
"Hopefully I can start tomorrow like I did today and just kind of build from there. I think the forecast tomorrow is not great but we'll see what it throws at us.
"If the weather is good, there's lots of chances, and it's quite bunched, so to have a chance to win, you're going to have to shoot at least 15 or 16 under. So I have to shoot four or five under minimum. To shoot that, you have to attack."