Hennie Otto stays in front at Italian Open

Hennie Otto leads by two shots after 54 holes of the European Tour's Italian Open.

Hennie Otto 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. Gallacher shot 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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