Date: August 31, 2008
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Young guns in Ryder race

Oliver Wilson played and talked like a Ryder Cup player in waiting on Saturday – but Nick Dougherty is poised for one last bid to catch him. The two young guns shot 68 and 69 respectively in the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and that means the year-long race for places in Nick Faldo&aposs team goes to the final day. While Frenchman Gregory Havret stayed out in front in the tournament – a closing birdie gave him a 69 and took him to 11-under-par, one in front of England&aposs Anthony Wall – Wilson and Dougherty had their own agendas. The distant Aussie chasing pack is headed by Marcus Fraser at three-under-par. Wilson, who had been on the brink of despair when he stood at six over par after eight holes on Friday, continued a superb comeback to reach three under and joint 25th with a round to go. But Dougherty, who needs to finish second to have a chance, is tied for 16th on five under and, by his own reckoning, a closing 66 could yet bring him a first cap just four months after his mother died of a heart attack. In the separate scrap for Faldo&aposs wild cards Colin Montgomerie&aposs hopes are hanging by a thread after a 76 for one over. There were only three worse scores all day. Darren Clarke, who may well have done enough with his win in Holland last week, four-putted the long 12th for a double-bogey seven and finished one under. Clarke and Paul Casey, playing in America, are the two favourites. Wilson is looking forward to a rest almost as much as he is looking forward to making the team. Third Round of the JWC at Gleneagles (Par 73): -11: Gregory Havret 68 71 69 -10: Anthony Wall 71 73 65 -9: Ricardo Gonzalez 76 67 67, Soren Hansen 71 71 68, David Howell 75 67 68, Marcel Siem 74 70 66, Lee Westwood 72 72 66 -8: Bradley Dredge 71 70 70, Justin Rose 73 71 67, Graeme Storm 74 69 68 -7: Stephen Gallacher 75 72 65, Peter Hanson 74 73 66, Francesco Molinari 73 70 69 -6: Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 73 69 71, Paul Waring 73 71 69 -5: Nick Dougherty 73 72 69, Simon Dyson 73 72 69, Rafa Echenique 76 68 70, Louis Oosthuizen 75 71 68, Gary Orr 70 72 72 Also: -3: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 75 70 71, Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 72 73 71 -2: Mark Brown (New Zealand) 78 70 69 E: Peter O Malley (Australia) 78 69 72 +2: Peter Fowler (Australia) 75 73 73, Matthew Millar (Australia) 74 74 73