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Hennie Otto remains in lead at Italian Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm •  Published: August 30, 2014

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Italian Open, where Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup will go down to the wire.

Otto, who won this event in 2008, began the day with a three-shot lead but struggled at times, carding two bogeys and a double bogey as well as five birdies.

It is only the 38-year-old's Otto's second tournament since his recovery from two back operations.

"It was a rough day to be honest," Otto said. "My back started to tighten after eight holes but I managed to get it round even though I couldn't swing it properly. I got a little lucky at times as well but you need that in this game if you are going to win a tournament."

Gallacher produced four birdies and one bogey in a round of 69 to move to within six shots of the lead and four behind compatriot Richie Ramsay (66) in second place.

Gallacher is the only man still capable of moving into the automatic Ryder Cup places in the final qualifying event, with a top-two finish enough to dislodge former U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell from Europe's team.

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