Sunday, October 07, 2018

Hatton heading for third consecutive win at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Tyrrell Hatton put himself on the brink of European Tour history as he opened up a one-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
A win on Sunday over the Old Course at St. Andrews would give him a third consecutive victory at the event and membership of a very exclusive club.
Tiger Woods was the last player to win three European Tour events in a row between 2005 and 2007 when he completed a hat-trick of both the WGC-Championship and the WGC-Invitational.
Ernie Els was the last man to do it in a regular event as he won the Heineken Classic every year between 2002 and 2004, while Sir Nick Faldo is the only Englishman to have previously achieved the feat the Irish Open between 1991 and 1993.
Hatton's 66 over the Old Course on Saturday got him to 14 under and meant he had shot nine rounds in the 60s at this event since day one of his first victory in 2016 at a total of 61 under par.
Australian Marcus Fraser was his nearest challenger after a 67 at Kingsbarns Golf Links, with former winner Stephen Gallacher and reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood at 11 under after both playing the Home of Golf in round three.
Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and Italian Andrea Pavan were four shots off the lead after firing rounds of 69 at the Championship Course Carnoustie.
Finn Tapio Pulkkanen fired a brilliant 64 at Carnoustie to sit at nine under alongside reigning US Open and US PGA Champion Brooks Koepka, Italian Edoardo Molinari, Austrian Matthias Schwab and South African Brandon Stone.
With high winds expected in St Andrews, the final round will be a shotgun start at 08:30 local time.
Player Quotes
Tyrrell Hatton: “I'm pretty happy with that score. I was five-under on the front nine, it felt like a struggle, which sounds really strange. My hands were really cold and I was struggling to start the ball on line. I got lucky a few times, avoiding bunkers, but the putter was working pretty well.
“The back nine, that was a little bit of a struggle again. I had a few opportunities. It was disappointing to bogey 17. Felt like I hit a good tee shot down there and a bit unfortunate with the lie that we got, but I guess it happens. Would have been nice to finish with a two on 18, gave myself a good opportunity and sadly couldn't hole the putt.
“It would be pretty surreal I think. I'm certainly going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best. But to join that club would be so special. All I can do, like I said is just give it my best shot and hope for the best.”
Marcus Fraser: “A bit slow to get going and then too busy enjoying the good weather out there. I think it was beautiful. On the back, just the finish there, really capped off and turned it into a really good round. Monster putt on the last, a bit of a bonus. Yeah, it was pretty steady. Felt like I played actually a little bit better than yesterday and it was nice to get a few putts at the end to justify that.
“I feel like I'm pretty relaxed out there, which is rare for me. I'm enjoying being out there. I'm loving playing with Harry. We're having a great time out there together and pumped that we made the Amateur cut. We're pretty excited to get in tomorrow and enjoying hanging out with him and having a good laugh, so it's good fun.”
Tommy Fleetwood: “A little bit frustrating in the end. I played really good golf for most of the round, and then I didn't hit it great off the tee for like the last few holes, and even though the course is wide, you're always going to find your ball. It's not easy from the rough. So 16, 17, 18th hole, it's momentum.
“I mean, not surprised to see Tyrrell up there around here and I like the place. Felt fine coming here. I had a nice time on Wednesday. Did some good work. Felt like my game has been in pretty good shape. I don't feel too surprised. It can always go either way and you can either be knackered and hit a low, or you can feel okay. My game's been good, especially today. It's just like I said, a disappointing finish, and I should be a lot closer than what I am.”
Stephen Gallacher: “Dropped in a couple three putts. I think I missed six putts inside six-foot. It could have been anything today. I'm delighted the way I played. Knocked it on nine to about 15 foot. Knocked it on 12 to about 30 foot. Quite a stress-free round.
“I like the courses. I think they just suit your eye. Grew up playing it. It's just one of these things. The first day was pumping, and if you get Carnoustie and you shot four over, you're up against it. Luckily enough, I hung in the first day with a couple of doubles. Still got it back to red figures, which you have to do. The first round is crucial. They are not easy courses when you need to attack them.”

Round Three Scores
202 T Hatton (Eng) 70 66 66
203 M Fraser (Aus) 68 68 67
205 S Gallacher (Sco) 71 68 66, T Fleetwood (Eng) 71 67 67
206 L Bjerregaard (Den) 70 65 71, A Pavan (Ita) 72 63 71,
207 B Koepka (USA) 70 72 65, T Pulkkanen (Fin) 76 67 64, B Stone (SAf) 71 71 65, E Molinari (Ita) 73 66 68, M Schwab (Austria) 69 67 71
208 B Hebert (Fra) 72 72 64
209 R Fisher (Eng) 75 68 66, T Lewis (Eng) 71 71 67, N Colsaerts (Belgium) 72 70 67, M Pavon (Fra) 74 67 68, L Herbert (Australia) 70 70 69, R Fox (Nzl) 71 67 71, M Kinhult (Swe) 70 70 69
210 A Sullivan (Eng) 72 71 67, T Finau (USA) 73 66 71, M Kuchar (USA) 73 68 69, P Karmis (Greece) 71 67 72, O Bekker (SAf) 71 68 71, M Jordan (Eng) 77 67 66, P Harrington (Ire) 69 72 69
211 A Chesters (Eng) 73 64 74, P Hanson (Swe) 70 71 70, P Angles (Spn) 75 69 67, O Fisher (Eng) 73 69 69, C Sordet (Fra) 74 70 67, L Slattery (Eng) 71 67 73, N Elvira (Spn) 75 67 69, A Levy (Fra) 71 68 72,
212 R Rock (Eng) 76 69 67, J Smith (Eng) 73 71 68, J Morrison (Eng) 73 70 69, S Kjeldsen (Den) 72 68 72, T Jaidee (Tha) 72 69 71, E Els (SAf) 72 71 69, J Guerrier (Fra) 74 70 68, M Ilonen (Fin) 74 63 75, T Detry (Bel) 72 71 69, J McLeod (Aus) 74 70 68, T Immelman (SAf) 75 69 68, H Li (Chn) 75 69 68, B Grace (SAf) 73 74 65, T Pieters (Bel) 73 71 68, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 74 70 68,
213 C Paisley (Eng) 72 70 71, D Fichardt (SAf) 77 63 73, M Wallace (Eng) 68 71 74, J Scrivener (Aus) 71 72 70, A Cañizares (Esp) 74 71 68, E Pepperell (Eng) 75 71 67, A Saddier (Fra) 75 71 67, D Lawson (Aus) 76 69 68, P Larrazábal (Esp) 75 69 69, R Paratore (Ita) 72 68 73, L Oosthuizen (RSA) 74 69 70,
214 P Peterson (USA) 76 71 67, L Donald (Eng) 75 71 68, S Horsfield (Eng) 74 70 70, R Dawson (Irl) 74 70 70, R Ramsay (Sco) 73 70 71, S Brazel (Aus) 74 72 68, J Walters (RSA) 73 70 71, S Hend (Aus) 74 72 68, R Bland (Eng) 72 69 73, D Ghim (USA) 74 69 71, A Rai (Eng) 78 68 68, L Canter (Eng) 76 69 69,
215 Z Lombard (RSA) 77 68 70, J Zunic (Aus) 73 71 71, G Fdez-Castaño (Esp) 70 77 68, S Brown (Eng) 75 70 70, H Ellis (Eng) 76 73 66, N Xiong (USA) 76 69 70, A Otaegui (Esp) 77 69 69, S Fernandez (Spn) 77 67 71, M Southgate (Eng) 73 68 74, F Jacobson (Swe) 76 67 72, C Koepka (USA) 79 67 69, R McEvoy (Eng) 76 66 73, M Kaymer (Ger) 75 71 69, C Wood (Eng) 76 70 69, A Björk (Swe) 74 72 69, K Koivu (Fin) 74 74 67, J Marchesani (Aus) 75 67 73, D Lipsky (USA) 73 69 73,
216 M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 76 69 71, K Duke (USA) 73 75 68, J Kruyswijk (RSA) 77 72 67, M Siem (Ger) 72 75 69, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 77 71 68, S Locke (Sco) 73 72 71, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 69 76 71, M Kieffer (Ger) 75 70 71, A Quiros (Esp) 74 76 66, S Jamieson (Sco) 76 71 69,
217 C Shinkwin (Eng) 78 67 72, M Hoey (Nir) 74 72 71, R Wattel (Fra) 78 70 69, P McGinley (Irl) 69 73 75, H Tanihara (Jpn) 73 74 70, C Syme (Sco) 72 75 70, M Jiménez (Esp) 72 73 72, J Thomson (Eng) 75 69 73, L Jensen (Den) 72 72 73, D Drysdale (Sco) 73 71 73,
218 A Dodt (Aus) 74 73 71, K McClatchie (RSA) 76 70 72, J Norris (Aus) 76 72 70, S Lowry (Irl) 72 75 71, C Hanson (Eng) 79 68 71, J Choi (Kor) 69 74 75, S Gros (Fra) 73 74 71, S Lee (Kor) 77 67 74, A Connelly (Can) 80 69 69,
219 B Dredge (Wales) 79 73 67, J Ahlers (RSA) 77 70 72, O Gillberg (Swe) 76 74 69, H Porteous (SAf) 77 72 70, R Lee (Can) 77 69 73, P Oriol (Esp) 76 72 71, G Bourdy (Fra) 73 72 74,
220 G Coetzee (RSA) 76 72 72, J Dantorp (Swe) 78 73 69, S Dyson (Eng) 76 71 73, D Brooks (Eng) 79 72 69, W Ormsby (Aus) 75 68 77, T Aiken (RSA) 74 71 75, L De Jager (RSA) 74 74 72,
221 R Evans (Eng) 78 69 74, G Havret (Fra) 74 72 75, R Sterne (RSA) 74 75 72, O Strydom (RSA) 73 76 72, G Green (Mas) 77 72 72,
222 J Campillo (Esp) 74 76 72, J Wang (Kor) 77 74 71, D Im (USA) 75 78 69, M Warren (Sco) 75 72 75, N Bertasio (Ita) 73 78 71, O Farr (Wal) 72 75 75, D Burmester (RSA) 80 73 69,
223 J Donaldson (Wal) 76 67 80, G McDowell (Nir) 77 72 74, C Pigem (Esp) 78 69 76, J Ritchie (RSA) 76 72 75, E Van Rooyen (RSA) 81 71 71, R Gouveia (Por) 79 69 75, R Karlsson (Swe) 74 74 75,
224 P Dunne (Irl) 78 73 73, Z Blair (USA) 73 81 70, A Bland (Aus) 75 71 78, J Strydom (RSA) 78 79 67,
225 R Jacquelin (Fra) 83 66 76, J Van Zyl (RSA) 81 72 72,
226 M Manassero (Ita) 78 75 73, A Sandhu (Ind) 82 71 73, D Howell (Eng) 77 75 74,
227 B Rumford (Aus) 76 72 79, D Horsey (Eng) 77 75 75,
228 J Lagergren (Swe) 74 77 77, L Johnston (Sco) 77 72 79,
229 P Edberg (Swe) 84 75 70,
230 U Van Den Berg (RSA) 81 75 74,
231 B Neil (Sco) 75 78 78,

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