Alfred Dunhill Links Championship R3

Perez and Southgate set for St Andrews battle

September 26-29
St Andrews Old Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links & Carnoustie Golf Links
$5,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Dundee-based Frenchman Victor Perez and Englishman Matthew Southgate will enter the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in a share of the lead, with both players chasing a maiden European Tour title.

Alfred Dunhill Links R3 - Perez and Southgate set for battle
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“It was awesome,” said Perez. “Bit windier today. Out of all the courses, we got a bit fortunate to play here today, being a bit wider off the tee. Maybe the guys at Carnoustie would have been the tougher course today.

“I played great and hit the ball really well. Felt like I made a couple putts. I didn’t make any bombs out there or anything. Missed a short one on eight but the rest of the ball-striking was class today and I was really pleased with obviously nine birdies again.”

The famous St Andrews Old Course will play host on the final day and with the wind set to kick up, it will be all to play for amongst the chasing pack which features Paul Waring, who sits in outright second place, American Ryder Cup player Tony Finau and former World Number One Luke Donald.

“Anything under par around Carnoustie you always take, especially with quite a stiff breeze out there.,” said Waring. “Pleased to shoot as low as I did and get myself involved with the tournament.


“I think when I’m happy and I’m having fun, I feel like I’m at my best. So, this week kind of blends well into the two elements for me. If I get a little bit too into it, a little bit sort of too strict on myself, it can negative effects. When I’m bouncing around and having a laugh, it’s the true me. It’s showing this season how I’m playing. Enjoying myself a bit more.”

But it will be Perez and Southgate in pole position at the Home of Golf, as they sit atop the leaderboard with a two-stroke advantage on 20 under par.

Perez, who lives with his partner in nearby Dundee will be vying for a first European Tour victory in his rookie season, having graduated from the European Challenge Tour last year. The 27-year-old carded an eight under 64 at Kingsbarns Golf Links which included a run of five successive birdies.

Southgate, meanwhile, is making his 140th appearance on Tour and the closest he has come was a share of second place at the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. The 30-year-old signed for a seven under 65 at the Old Course after finishing with a birdie at the ninth, his 18th .

“Didn’t miss many shots and got the speed of the greens really good. Set up so many chances. I was always bound to make a good fistful of them. Not much you can say really. Just really solid all day.

“My swing feels very solid. I feel very happy in my own head at the minute and playing with such a clear mind and just easy swing thoughts. The biggest job tomorrow is going to be keeping me in check rather than the golf swing. I’m hitting the ball fantastic the first three days, so there’s no reason why I can’t shoot another good score.

“Someone is going to post a good number, so it’s going to take a good score to get the win. I’m so passionate about winning tournaments and being here at the Home of Golf, tomorrow is going to be a difficult one to just keep myself in check and keep producing what I have done the first three days.”


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Victor Perez
FRA
-20
64
68
64
196
T1
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-20
65
66
65
196
3
Paul Waring
ENG
-18
65
68
65
198
T4
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-17
69
62
68
199
T4
Tony Finau
USA
-17
67
66
66
199
T6
Jordan Smith
ENG
-16
64
68
68
200
T6
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-16
68
65
67
200
T6
Luke Donald
ENG
-16
68
68
64
200
T9
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-15
67
68
66
201
T9
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-15
66
68
67
201
T9
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-15
70
65
66
201
T9
Calum Hill
SCO
-15
66
65
70
201
T9
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-15
66
64
71
201
T14
Justin Rose
ENG
-14
68
64
70
202
T14
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-14
65
67
70
202
T14
Russell Knox
SCO
-14
66
66
70
202
T17
Alexander Noren
SWE
-13
69
66
68
203
T17
Haotong Li
CHN
-13
71
68
64
203
T17
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-13
71
66
66
203
T17
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-13
72
68
63
203
T17
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-13
69
67
67
203
T17
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-13
69
68
66
203
T17
Aaron Rai
ENG
-13
68
66
69
203
T17
Shane Lowry
IRL
-13
73
66
64
203
T25
Thomas Detry
BEL
-12
72
69
63
204
T25
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-12
70
67
67
204
T25
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-12
73
64
67
204
T25
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-12
71
64
69
204
T25
Danny Willett
ENG
-12
72
66
66
204
T25
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-12
70
66
68
204
T25
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-12
67
70
67
204
T32
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-11
69
68
68
205
T32
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-11
68
67
70
205
T32
Ryan Fox
NZL
-11
64
68
73
205
T32
Johannes Veerman
USA
-11
72
63
70
205
T32
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-11
66
69
70
205
T32
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-11
69
69
67
205
T32
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-11
68
65
72
205
T32
Tom Lewis
ENG
-11
70
70
65
205
T40
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-10
70
70
66
206
T40
Lee Slattery
ENG
-10
68
66
72
206
T40
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-10
66
70
70
206
T40
Zander Lombard
RSA
-10
67
68
71
206
T40
Harry Hall
ENG
-10
70
68
68
206
T40
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-10
70
66
70
206
T40
John Catlin
USA
-10
72
65
69
206
T40
Wil Besseling
NED
-10
68
67
71
206
T40
Matt Wallace
ENG
-10
70
68
68
206
T49
Joost Luiten
NED
-9
69
67
71
207
T49
David Horsey
ENG
-9
68
67
72
207
T49
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-9
68
69
70
207
T49
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-9
69
66
72
207
T49
Dean Burmester
RSA
-9
73
68
66
207
T49
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-9
65
68
74
207
T49
Grant Forrest
SCO
-9
72
70
65
207
T49
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-9
66
71
70
207
T49
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-9
69
69
69
207
T49
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-9
68
71
68
207
T49
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-9
72
67
68
207
T49
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-9
72
67
68
207
CUT
David Law
SCO
-8
68
72
68
208
CUT
Euan Walker
SCO
-8
68
70
70
208
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
-8
66
72
70
208
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-8
70
67
71
208
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
71
69
68
208
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
-8
63
71
74
208
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
-8
69
69
70
208
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-8
70
70
68
208
CUT
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-8
69
67
72
208
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-8
69
69
70
208
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-8
69
66
73
208
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
-8
70
73
65
208
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-8
71
68
69
208
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-8
75
65
68
208
CUT
Bryce Easton
RSA
-7
72
66
71
209
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-7
67
74
68
209
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
-7
73
64
72
209
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-7
68
75
66
209
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-7
65
77
67
209
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
-7
70
71
68
209
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
-7
69
71
69
209
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-7
70
68
71
209
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
69
75
65
209
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
-7
71
68
70
209
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
-7
70
67
72
209
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-7
74
65
70
209
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-7
69
68
72
209
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
-6
68
70
72
210
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-6
70
74
66
210
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-6
65
68
77
210
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
69
69
72
210
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
66
71
73
210
CUT
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
-6
75
66
69
210
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
68
70
73
211
CUT
Alex Haindl
RSA
-5
68
71
72
211
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
72
71
68
211
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
-5
70
72
69
211
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
-5
69
73
69
211
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
69
71
71
211
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-5
68
72
71
211
CUT
Keenan Davidse
RSA
-5
75
68
68
211
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-5
70
66
75
211
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
69
68
74
211
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
66
73
72
211
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
74
69
68
211
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
72
72
68
212
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
-4
69
69
74
212
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
77
71
64
212
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
69
68
75
212
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-4
72
70
70
212
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
70
70
72
212
CUT
Jon Rahm
ESP
-4
71
68
73
212
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
-4
68
74
70
212
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-4
71
72
69
212
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
-4
70
69
73
212
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-4
66
73
73
212
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
69
74
69
212
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-4
68
71
73
212
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
70
72
71
213
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
72
71
70
213
CUT
Brandon Wu
USA
-3
71
66
76
213
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
68
70
75
213
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
-3
73
72
68
213
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
-3
70
75
68
213
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-3
70
70
73
213
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-3
73
67
73
213
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
68
70
75
213
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
-3
70
75
68
213
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
72
68
73
213
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
70
71
72
213
CUT
Thomas Sloman
ENG
-3
74
69
70
213
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
64
74
76
214
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
71
68
75
214
CUT
Daniel Hillier
NZL
-2
71
70
73
214
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
75
69
70
214
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-2
68
68
78
214
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-2
69
72
73
214
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
-2
72
70
72
214
CUT
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-2
71
69
74
214
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
75
68
71
214
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
-2
75
72
67
214
CUT
Philip Eriksson
SWE
-2
76
67
71
214
CUT
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-2
71
69
74
214
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
73
69
72
214
CUT
Berry Henson
USA
-1
68
69
78
215
CUT
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
-1
68
73
74
215
CUT
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-1
69
74
72
215
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
70
73
72
215
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-1
74
69
72
215
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
73
70
72
215
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
71
70
74
215
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
72
70
74
216
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
74
69
73
216
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
71
67
78
216
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
73
71
72
216
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
72
73
72
217
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
1
71
71
75
217
CUT
Simon Hawkes
AUS
1
74
69
74
217
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
2
69
75
74
218
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
3
71
71
77
219
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
71
70
78
219
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
5
76
74
71
221
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
6
73
75
74
222
CUT
Jake Burnage
ENG
6
75
70
77
222
CUT
Michael Palmer
RSA
6
75
73
74
222
CUT
JC Ritchie
RSA
7
75
68
80
223
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
11
72
78
77
227
RET
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
75
75