Poulter in three-way tie for Scottish Open lead

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Ian Poulter headlines a group of three players who will take a share of the lead into the final round of the Scottish Open.

Amid wet and windy conditions at Dundonald Links on Saturday, Poulter - whose last European Tour win came in 2012 - carded a one-under 71 to sit tied with Andrew Dodt and Callum Shinkwin on nine under overall.

Unlike his two rivals, Poulter has already qualified for next week's Open at Royal Birkdale - a major in which the Englishman finished second at the same venue in 2008 - as has compatriot Andy Sullivan, who is the trio's closest challenger, two strokes back in outright fourth.

There are five spots at Birkdale up for grabs in Scotland, with Johan Carlsson and Paul Dunne very much in the hunt at six under.

Irishman Dunne famously went into the last day of the 2015 Open in a share of the lead when he was still an amateur.

Meanwhile, Claret Jug holder Henrik Stenson endured a miserable day as his 75 left him nine shots off the pace.