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Castles made of sand; SPORTS FILE Bernd reels in Bob as fourshot GOLF.

Byline: | Callum Robb

Robert MacIntyre admits he only started motoring once in the slipstream of his Porsche European Open rivals.

But the Scot is adamant he will not stop fighting on today's final lap of the Green Eagle Course after digging in to keep his name top of the leaderboard.

German Bernd Ritthammer joined MacIntyre there after the 23-year-old's four-shot overnight lead evaporated by the turn in Hamburg.

Despite finding himself two behind his playing partner on the back nine, the Oban star steadied himself as a birdie four at the last earned a two-over 74 to finish the day on nine under.

MacIntyre, chasing a maiden European Tour title, said: "I was hoping for another round under par. Things just didn't go my way today. I had a couple of bad lies early on - which didn't help things. Having to bump and run a seven-iron on your second hole isn't how you want to start.

"I fought well - I'm going to fight until the end, it doesn't matter where I am on the leaderboad, whether it is bottom or top.

"Every point counts. Today I showed my fight and to birdie the last to tie the lead was huge."

Asked if the pressure of a four-shot lead contributed to a poor start, he said: "I don't think it was a factor, it was always in the back of my head you've got shots to spare so your foot is not down. Whereas when I lost the lead I fought all the way to the end and thought, 'Do you know what, I don't want to lose this lead so we just keep fighting.' "Dave (my caddie) did a good job of keeping me calm, keeping a positive mindset, and to get away with a birdie at the end was huge. I was getting a bit annoyed with myself, I was hitting good shots and the ball was finishing a yard off the fairway here or there.

"You can't commit to an iron shot into a tight pin when you don't have full control of the turf. Dave said, 'Look you can't keep hitting good shots and getting this unlucky.' He was calling it unlucky, I was calling it bad shots. But he just told me to keep fighting and it's a 72-hole tournament, not a 54-hole."

" Ryder Cup star Paul Casey lurks one back after a 69, while Austrian Matthias Schwab (70) and Spain's Pablo Larrazabal68) both sit on seven under.

MacIntyre said: "It's just about the belief. I'm going to go out there and play my best golf. If it's enough, it's enough.

If it's not, it's not.

We're always going to learn and today was a huge learning experience."

Scots duo are no amateurs Euan Walker and Sandy Scott won their singles matches to leave Great Britain and Ireland on the cusp of Walker Cup glory.

the foursomes as the home favourites carved out a 7-5 lead over the USA going into the final day at Royal Liverpool.

The Scots amateurs recovered from defeat in

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EYES ON THE PRIZE MacIntyre insists he'll fight till finish

HAT TIP Casey remains in the mix after a 69

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 8, 2019
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