Ryan Fox three shots off the lead heading into final round of Scottish Open

Ryan Fox is in contention at the Scottish Open.

Ryan Fox is in contention at the Scottish Open.

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has jumped into contention at the Scottish Open, with a third round 69 lifting him into a tie for fifth just three shots off the leaders.

Fox excelled on the longer holes of the Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire, Scotland, with birdies on three of the four par fives on the course - the third, 14th and 18th holes. 

He was also able to pick up shots with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes - both par fours. 

However, bogeys on the par-three fourth and the par-four 16th saw him match his second round score of three-under-par and jump 17 places in the standings. 

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After shooting an even 72 in his opening round, Fox has picked up six shots to sit at six-under heading into the final round of play. He sits in a three-way tie for fifth, with Ireland's Paul Dunne and Sweden's Johan Carlsson. 

He'll head into the round chasing Australian Andrew Dodt, and English duo Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin who share the lead at nine-under. 

Fellow Kiwi Ben Campbell has also made a move up the leaderboard as he competed in the Utah Championship in the States. 

Campbell shot a third round four-under to move up 10 spots on the leaderboard and sits in a tie for 49th at 10-under through three rounds. 

Campbell sits six shots off the lead, which is held by American Kyle Wilshire. 

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