You Oughta Know: Scottish Open


With the Open Championship on deck, a number of the world's best players will take one last crack at Castle Stuart Golf Links Sunday before making the trek to Muirfield. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, where Phil Mickelson trails overnight leader Henrik Stenson by two shots:

• After his second round of 6-under 66 this week, Mickelson begins the final round in a four-way tie for second. He's in search of the first win of his career in the United Kingdom, and just his second in Europe; well before he was a Hall of Famer and major champion, Mickelson claimed the 1993 Tournoi Perrier de Paris on the European Challenge Tour. His best finish in this event came at Loch Lomond in 2007, when he finished second after losing a playoff to Gregory Havret

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• Leading by two shots after 54 holes, Stenson hopes for a milestone win to help cap what has been an impressive comeback across the last two years. After reaching the top five in the world ranking following his win at the 2009 Players Championship, the Swede fell as far as No. 224 early in 2012. Now 32nd in the world, Stenson will look for just his second win since hoisting the trophy at TPC Sawgrass four years ago, having also won the South African Open Championship last November.

Branden Grace has struggled somewhat to match the pace of his breakthrough 2012 season, but the South African could make his 2013 campaign a memorable one with another low round at Castle Stuart. After winning four times on the European Tour last season, the 25-year-old has yet to enter the winner's circle this year, though he did make the semifinals of the Volvo World Match Play and finished fifth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Grace begins the final round alongside Mickelson at 14 under, having carded rounds of 65 and 66 across the last two days.

• With the elimination of PGA Tour Q-School, many rising American stars may take the career path of Peter Uihlein, who begins the final round tied for sixth, three shots behind Stenson. After winning the U.S. Amateur in 2010, Uihlein turned pro in 2011 and began playing on the Challenge and Sunshine tours before graduating to the European Tour. He notched a breakthrough win earlier this season at the Madeira Islands Open, and now appears poised for another high finish as he continues his path toward the PGA Tour.

• Two weeks after breaking through to win The Irish Open, his first worldwide victory in more than two years, Englishman Paul Casey is once again in contention on the European Tour. Hobbled for much of the past two seasons by injuries, Casey will begin the final round tied for 12th, five shots off the pace and in position to contend for just his third top-10 finish of the 2013 season. A strong final round will likely be enough to move Casey back into the top 100 in the world rankings, a position the Englishman last held in August 2012 after reaching as high as third in the world in 2009.