Johnnie Walker Championship: Tommy Fleetwood in tie for lead

Tommy Fleetwood

Johnnie Walker Championship, third round leaderboard

-16:
T Fleetwood (Eng) R Gonzalez (Arg)
-15:
F Hed (Swe)
-13:
S Gallacher (Sco), B Wiesberger (Aust)
Selected others:
-12, R Fisher (Eng), S Henry (Sco), B Rumford (Aus); -11, O Fisher (Eng), T Lewis (Eng), P Waring (Eng); -10 M Foster (Eng), R Ramsay (Sco), D Drysdale (Sco), M Baldwin (Eng); -8 P Lawrie (Sco)

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood joined Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez at the top of the leaderboard after the Johnnie Walker Championship's third round.

The 22-year-old, chasing his first European Tour win, carded a five-under 67 to join Gonzalez, who carded 70, on 16-under-par 200 at Gleneagles.

Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed, 66, was in third spot on 201.

That was two strokes ahead of Scotland's Stephen Gallacher (64) and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (72).

Fleetwood admitted he had to overcome occasional attack of the jitters to close the gap on 43-year-old Gonzalez, who had started the day with a one-stroke lead.

"This is what you spend hours and hours practising for," he said. "Getting up there in golf tournaments is what you dream about when you're a little kid.

"You want to play on the European Tour and the Johnnie Walker Championship is a massive event, one I always used to watch.

"I was a bit nervous out there at times and you get a little trembly over three or four-footers downhill left-to-right, but I coped really well."

Gallacher's score was the best of the day, while fellow Scotsman Scott Henry's 67 took him into a tie for sixth along with England's Fisher, who had a 67, and Australia's Brett Rumford, 69.

England's Mark Foster slipped down the field after a 73, as did Scotland's Craig Lee with a 71.