European Tour

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

October 04-07

Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns

$5,000,000

October 04-07

Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns

$5,000,000

Round 3

Hatton has historic Alfred Dunhill Links Championship treble in his sights

October 06, 2018

Tyrrell Hatton put himself on the brink of European Tour history as he opened up a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Hatton has historic Alfred Dunhill Links Championship treble in his sights, © Getty Images

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“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."

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.

“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.”

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.

Ernie ELS (RSA) with his father Neels during third round Alfred Dunhill Links Championships 2018,Old Course, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.
Ernie ELS (RSA) with his father Neels during third round Alfred Dunhill Links Championships 2018,Old Course, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

© Matthew Harris / TGPL

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.

“A little bit frustrating in the end," said Fleetwood. "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.”

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.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-14
70
66
66
202
2
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-13
68
68
67
203
T3
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-11
71
68
66
205
T3
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-11
71
67
67
205
T5
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-10
72
63
71
206
T5
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-10
70
65
71
206
T7
Brandon Stone
RSA
-9
71
71
65
207
T7
Brooks Koepka
USA
-9
70
72
65
207
T7
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-9
73
66
68
207
T7
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-9
69
67
71
207
T7
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-9
76
67
64
207
12
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-8
72
72
64
208
T13
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-7
70
70
69
209
T13
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-7
70
70
69
209
T13
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-7
74
67
68
209
T13
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
72
70
67
209
T13
Ross Fisher
ENG
-7
75
68
66
209
T13
Ryan Fox
NZL
-7
71
67
71
209
T13
Tom Lewis
ENG
-7
71
71
67
209
T20
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
72
71
67
210
T20
Matt Kuchar
USA
-6
73
68
69
210
T20
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-6
77
67
66
210
T20
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-6
71
68
71
210
T20
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-6
69
72
69
210
T20
Peter Karmis
RSA
-6
71
67
72
210
T20
Tony Finau
USA
-6
73
66
71
210
T27
Alexander Levy
FRA
-5
71
68
72
211
T27
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
73
64
74
211
T27
Clement Sordet
FRA
-5
74
70
67
211
T27
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-5
75
67
69
211
T27
Lee Slattery
ENG
-5
71
67
73
211
T27
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-5
73
69
69
211
T27
Pep Angles
ESP
-5
75
69
67
211
T27
Peter Hanson
SWE
-5
70
71
70
211
T35
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
73
74
65
212
T35
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
74
70
68
212
T35
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
72
71
69
212
T35
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
75
69
68
212
T35
Jake McLeod
AUS
-4
74
70
68
212
T35
James Morrison
ENG
-4
73
70
69
212
T35
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
73
71
68
212
T35
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-4
74
70
68
212
T35
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-4
74
63
75
212
T35
Robert Rock
ENG
-4
76
69
67
212
T35
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
72
68
72
212
T35
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
72
71
69
212
T35
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-4
73
71
68
212
T35
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-4
72
69
71
212
T35
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-4
75
69
68
212
T50
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-3
75
71
67
213
T50
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
74
71
68
213
T50
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
72
70
71
213
T50
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
77
63
73
213
T50
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-3
76
69
68
213
T50
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-3
75
71
67
213
T50
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-3
71
72
70
213
T50
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-3
74
69
70
213
T50
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
68
71
74
213
T50
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
75
69
69
213
T50
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
72
68
73
213
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
78
68
68
214
CUT
Doug Ghim
USA
-2
74
69
71
214
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
73
70
71
214
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
-2
76
69
69
214
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
-2
75
71
68
214
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
-2
76
71
67
214
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
-2
72
69
73
214
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
73
70
71
214
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
-2
74
70
70
214
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
74
72
68
214
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
74
70
70
214
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
74
72
68
214
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
77
69
69
215
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
74
72
69
215
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
-1
79
67
69
215
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
76
70
69
215
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
-1
73
69
73
215
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-1
76
67
72
215
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
70
77
68
215
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
-1
76
73
66
215
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
-1
75
67
73
215
CUT
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-1
73
71
71
215
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
-1
74
74
67
215
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
75
71
69
215
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
73
68
74
215
CUT
Norman Xiong
USA
-1
76
69
70
215
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
76
66
73
215
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-1
77
67
71
215
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
75
70
70
215
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
-1
77
68
70
215
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
74
76
66
216
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
77
72
67
216
CUT
Ken Duke
USA
Par
73
75
68
216
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
72
75
69
216
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
76
69
71
216
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
Par
75
70
71
216
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
77
71
68
216
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
69
76
71
216
CUT
Sam Locke
SCO
Par
73
72
71
216
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
76
71
69
216
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
1
78
67
72
217
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
1
72
75
70
217
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
1
73
71
73
217
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
1
73
74
70
217
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
1
75
69
73
217
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
72
72
73
217
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
1
74
72
71
217
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
1
72
73
72
217
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
1
69
73
75
217
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
78
70
69
217
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
2
74
73
71
218
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
2
80
69
69
218
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
2
79
68
71
218
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
2
76
72
70
218
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
2
69
74
75
218
CUT
Kyle McClatchie
RSA
2
76
70
72
218
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
2
73
74
71
218
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
2
72
75
71
218
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
2
77
67
74
218
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
79
73
67
219
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
3
73
72
74
219
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
3
77
72
70
219
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
3
77
70
72
219
CUT
Oliver Gillberg
SWE
3
76
74
69
219
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
76
72
71
219
CUT
Richard Lee
CAN
3
77
69
73
219
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
4
79
72
69
220
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
4
76
72
72
220
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
78
73
69
220
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
4
74
74
72
220
CUT
Simon Dyson
ENG
4
76
71
73
220
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
74
71
75
220
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
4
75
68
77
220
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
5
77
72
72
221
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
74
72
75
221
CUT
Ockie Strydom
RSA
5
73
76
72
221
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
5
74
75
72
221
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
5
78
69
74
221
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
75
78
69
222
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
6
80
73
69
222
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
6
77
74
71
222
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
6
74
76
72
222
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
6
75
72
75
222
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
6
73
78
71
222
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
6
72
75
75
222
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
7
78
69
76
223
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
7
81
71
71
223
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
7
77
72
74
223
CUT
JC Ritchie
RSA
7
76
72
75
223
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
7
76
67
80
223
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
7
79
69
75
223
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
7
74
74
75
223
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
8
75
71
78
224
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
8
78
79
67
224
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
78
73
73
224
CUT
Zac Blair
USA
8
73
81
70
224
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
9
81
72
72
225
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
9
83
66
76
225
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
10
82
71
73
226
CUT
David Howell
ENG
10
77
75
74
226
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
10
78
75
73
226
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
11
76
72
79
227
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
11
77
75
75
227
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
12
74
77
77
228
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
12
77
72
79
228
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
13
84
75
70
229
CUT
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
14
81
75
74
230
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
15
75
78
78
231
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-14
202
2
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-13
203
T3
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-11
205
T3
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-11
205
T5
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-10
206
T5
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-10
206
T7
Brandon Stone
RSA
-9
207
T7
Brooks Koepka
USA
-9
207
T7
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-9
207
T7
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-9
207
T7
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-9
207
12
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-8
208
T13
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-7
209
T13
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-7
209
T13
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-7
209
T13
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
209
T13
Ross Fisher
ENG
-7
209
T13
Ryan Fox
NZL
-7
209
T13
Tom Lewis
ENG
-7
209
T20
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
210
T20
Matt Kuchar
USA
-6
210
T20
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-6
210
T20
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-6
210
T20
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-6
210
T20
Peter Karmis
RSA
-6
210
T20
Tony Finau
USA
-6
210
T27
Alexander Levy
FRA
-5
211
T27
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
211
T27
Clement Sordet
FRA
-5
211
T27
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-5
211
T27
Lee Slattery
ENG
-5
211
T27
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-5
211
T27
Pep Angles
ESP
-5
211
T27
Peter Hanson
SWE
-5
211
T35
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
212
T35
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
212
T35
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
212
T35
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
212
T35
Jake McLeod
AUS
-4
212
T35
James Morrison
ENG
-4
212
T35
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
212
T35
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-4
212
T35
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-4
212
T35
Robert Rock
ENG
-4
212
T35
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
212
T35
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
212
T35
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-4
212
T35
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-4
212
T35
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-4
212
T50
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-3
213
T50
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
213
T50
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
213
T50
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
213
T50
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-3
213
T50
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-3
213
T50
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-3
213
T50
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-3
213
T50
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
213
T50
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
213
T50
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
213
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
214
CUT
Doug Ghim
USA
-2
214
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
214
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
-2
214
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
-2
214
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
-2
214
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
-2
214
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
214
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
-2
214
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
214
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
214
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
214
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
215
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
215
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
-1
215
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
215
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
-1
215
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-1
215
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
215
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
-1
215
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
-1
215
CUT
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-1
215
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
-1
215
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
215
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
215
CUT
Norman Xiong
USA
-1
215
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
215
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-1
215
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
215
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
-1
215
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
216
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
216
CUT
Ken Duke
USA
Par
216
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
216
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
216
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
Par
216
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
216
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
216
CUT
Sam Locke
SCO
Par
216
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
216
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
1
217
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
1
217
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
1
217
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
1
217
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
1
217
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
217
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
1
217
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
1
217
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
1
217
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
217
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
2
218
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
2
218
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
2
218
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
2
218
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
2
218
CUT
Kyle McClatchie
RSA
2
218
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
2
218
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
2
218
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
2
218
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
219
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
3
219
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
3
219
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
3
219
CUT
Oliver Gillberg
SWE
3
219
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
219
CUT
Richard Lee
CAN
3
219
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
4
220
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
4
220
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
220
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
4
220
CUT
Simon Dyson
ENG
4
220
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
220
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
4
220
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
5
221
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
221
CUT
Ockie Strydom
RSA
5
221
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
5
221
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
5
221
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
222
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
6
222
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
6
222
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
6
222
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
6
222
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
6
222
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
6
222
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
7
223
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
7
223
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
7
223
CUT
JC Ritchie
RSA
7
223
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
7
223
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
7
223
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
7
223
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
8
224
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
8
224
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
224
CUT
Zac Blair
USA
8
224
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
9
225
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
9
225
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
10
226
CUT
David Howell
ENG
10
226
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
10
226
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
11
227
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
11
227
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
12
228
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
12
228
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
13
229
CUT
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
14
230
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
15
231

European Tour

Italian Open 2018

Gardagolf

$

May 31 - June 03

Gardagolf Country Club, Brescia Italy

$7,000,000

, 2018

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