Johnnie Walker Championship 2013: Tee Times for Top Contenders at Gleneagles

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIAugust 25, 2013

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 24:  Tommy Fleetwood of England during the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on August 24, 2013 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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The fourth round of the 2013 Johnnie Walker Championship is set to begin on Sunday, Aug. 25. With 14 players within five strokes of the lead entering the final day of action, it's safe to say that anything could happen at Gleneagles.

With that said, three players are within one stroke of the lead—and that's exactly why you need to shift your attention to the top contenders.

Tommy Fleetwood of England and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina are currently in the lead at 16 under par. Right behind them is Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden, who clocks in at 15 under par for the event.

Fleetwood and Gonzalez have traveled different paths to No. 1 overall, but they're tied, nonetheless. Andersson Hed has been a step behind all along, but appears primed and ready to pounce on the opportunity to win the event.

This European Tour event is going to go down to the wire.


Fredrik Andersson Hed (-15) at 12:36 p.m. BST/7:36 a.m. ET

Andersson Hed has been the poster child for progression during the Johnnie Walker Championship, posting rounds of 68, 67 and 66. This has brought Andersson Hed a total score of 201, equaling a score of 15-under par.

Just one stroke off of the lead, the Swedish star will tee off at 12:36 p.m. BST/7:36 a.m. ET.

He was sensational during the third round, holing just one bogey all day. He converted five birdies and an eagle to bring his score to six under par, putting the leaders on notice that he's come to win.

Andersson Hed certainly has the most momentum of any of the three leaders, but it's unclear if he'll be able to close out. He hasn't won a European Tour event since the 2010 BMW Italian Open and will need yet another monster effort to earn a victory.

Just don't ever underestimate the power of momentum.


Tommy Fleetwood (-16) at 12:45 p.m. BST/7:45 a.m. ET

Fleetwood entered the third round at 11 under par, three shots off of the lead. He responded with a five-under 67, netting just one bogey throughout the entire round, and thus moved into a tie for first at 16 under par.

Now, the 22-year-old must close out.

Fleetwood has shot three magnificent rounds at 68, 65 and 67 to reach his current placement on the leaderboard. At such a young age, this is beyond encouraging for a player that many believe will be England's next great golfer.

He's certainly showing that at Gleneagles.

Fleetwood should be in the lead, but three bogeys during the third round cost him. Still able to shoot a 67, there's reason for confidence, but Fleetwood found bogey on 18 and lost his advantage, falling into a tie for the lead.

If he's to be the next European import to break through on the PGA Tour, winning this event is a great place to start.


Ricardo Gonzalez (-16) at 12:45 p.m. BST/7:45 a.m. ET

Ricardo Gonzalez has been in control of his own destiny from the start, using an opening-round 65 to pull his score to seven under par. On day two, Gonzalez responded with his second consecutive seven-under to reach 14-under par and put the rest of the field on notice.

Even with a less-than-stellar two-under 70 in round three, Gonzalez is in a tie for the lead.

Gonzalez owns four European Tour victories, but hasn't won an event since the 2009 SAS Masters. With that being said, he's one of the most respected competitors on the tour and has been the best player at Gleneagles.

It's all about proving he can hold on.

Gonzalez received a massive break when Fleetwood bogeyed 18, thus bringing the two back into a tie. Gonzalez bogeyed the first hole, but responded with four birdies to just one other bogey to build momentum back up.

It wasn't spectacular, but Gonzalez remained in the hunt with yet another quality round. Now he must hold off three competitors that are hot on his tail and countless others still in the hunt.

The pressure is on.


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