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Women's Scottish Open: Celine Boutier takes three-shot lead into final round at Dundonald Golf Links

Celine Boutier leads at Dundonald Golf Links after six-under third round; last week's Evian Championship winner three strokes clear of Maja Stark and Patty Tavatanakit as halfway leader Hinako Shibuno slumps - final round live on Sky Sports Golf from 1pm, Sunday

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Highlights from the third day at the Women's Scottish Open where Celene Boutier opened up a three-shot lead

Celine Boutier is pushing for a second title in as many weeks after opening up a three-shot lead during round three of the Women's Scottish Open.

Boutier claimed her first major title at last week's Evian Championship in her native France, beating Canada's Brooke Henderson by six strokes.

The 29-year-old is at 13 under after 54 holes in Ayrshire following a six-under 66 on Saturday, posting four birdies and a bogey on both her front and back nines.

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    Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand, whose 66 included two eagles, and Swedish player Maja Stark are Boutier's closest challengers at 10 under.

    Boutier, runner-up to Japan's Ayaka Furue at this event last year, said: "I definitely feel like I'm hitting a lot of good shots. I've been playing well and the fact that I got a good result last week also is giving me confidence.

    "I feel like this course is pretty challenging with the weather conditions. I'm just trying to hit the best shots possible under the circumstances. I made a bogey on nine, which also fired me up a little bit.

    "I'm just going to try to hopefully play the same and stick to my game-plan and see what happens. Hopefully I have a good solid round on Sunday."

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    Image: Boutier is looking for a second title in as many weeks after winning the Evian Championship last Sunday

    Stark: I played immature golf - I want revenge

    Stark was at 13 under after a birdie at the 10th but then bogeyed three of her final eight holes to drop off the pace at Dundonald Golf Links.

    The 23-year-old said: "I did stupid mistakes on my putting where I changed my mind when I was standing over the putt, and then I aimed somewhere else, and then I missed. It felt like such immature golf.

    Maja Stark chips onto the ninth green during the first day of round-robin play in the LPGA Bank of Hope Match Play golf tournament Wednesday, May 24, 2023, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    Image: Maja Stark says she played 'immature' golf as three bogeys on her back nine left her three shots off the pace

    "I want revenge, and it is nice to have someone to chase that is not too far away. I think it's just a 'screw it' mentality because it's the final day and you know where you're standing."

    Halfway leader Hinako Shibuno of Japan shot a five-over 77 to plummet to seven under and six shots adrift, with her round including a double-bogey five at the par-three 15th.

    The fifth and final major of the year, the AIG Women's Open, takes place at Walton Heath next week, with all four days live on Sky Sports Golf.

    Watch the final round of the Women's Scottish Open live on Sky Sports Golf from 1pm on Sunday. Stream with NOW.

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