Scottish Open 2013: Golfers Who Could Steal Crown in Final Round

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJuly 14, 2013

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - JULY 13:  Matthew Southgate of England tees off on the 9th hole during the third round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 13, 2013 in Inverness, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Scottish Open hasn't been short on stellar play, with 22 players entering Sunday's final round at 10-under par or better. But some contenders stand out from the pack.

These golfers aren't leading, but are right in contention and just a few shots back. While everyone chases Henrik Stenson's three-day lead at 16-under, he's got plenty of competition right behind him gunning for the win.

Let's take a look at some underdogs who could come from behind to win the Scottish Open on Sunday.

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Phil Mickelson

If Lefty's less than five or six shots back entering a final round, never count him out. Never. 

Mickelson entered the clubhouse after 54 holes at 14-under par, just two shots off Stenson's lead after rallying to a third-round score of 66. It was desperately needed after Friday's 70 that caused him to fall off the pace a bit.

After just coming up short at the U.S. Open last month, the American came over to Scotland a week early to tune up for the British Open by playing in this weekend's tournament. If his play is any indication, he'll be gunning for his first ever win at the Open Championship.

Mickelson wants nothing more than to stroll into the British Open with his pockets full of momentum and capping off this weekend with a win would do just that.

Matthew Southgate

After two rounds of play, the British native had as good of a chance as anyone to win this tournament. But he fell off quite a bit Saturday, and that has left him with plenty of room to make up.

Southgate hit a 69 and 64 for his first two rounds, putting him just one shot off the lead at 11-under par heading into Saturday's moving day action.

However, a 71 on Saturday has put him four shots off Stenson's lead. But he's still right within striking distance.

Southgate showed resolve and the ability to come back from a poor round with a stellar one, and if he does that on Sunday, he could be the Scottish Open champion.

Branden Grace

An afterthought after the first day of action at the Scottish Open, Branden Grace has catapulted himself onto the scene with a 65 and 66 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Now just two shots off the lead, another stellar round from the South African could result in winning his fifth European Tour event.

The 25-year-old has quickly emerged as one of the up-and-coming stars of European golf, and a big round on Sunday could really put him on the map internationally. 

Grace has shown his ability in the European Tour since going pro in 2007, and if he can close out his performance at the Scottish Open with another stellar round, he'll be one of the most talked about golfers in the field.