Alfred Dunhill Links: Peter Uihlein takes two-shot lead into final round at St Andrews
Last Updated: 29/09/13 10:24am
Peter Uihlein at the Old Course St Andrews
Peter Uihlein maintained his sparkling form at the Alfred Dunhill Championship as he chipped in for eagle on the 18th at St Andrews to take a two-shot lead into the final round.
The American came within a few inches of recording the first 59 on the European Tour on Friday at Kingsbarns, and he showed similar form during his third round at the Old Course with a 65 putting him on 20 under for the tournament.
Third Round Leaderboard:
GB & Ire unless stated
-20 P Uihlein (US)
-18 J Luiten (Ned)
-18 D Howell
-18 M Kaymer (Ger)
-18 R McEvoy
-18 S Lowry
-18 E Els (Rsa)
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Uihlein hit five birdies on his front nine but then dropped two shots on the 11th and 13th to finally come back down to earth.
However, the American picked up a shot straightaway at the 14th before sinking his 47-yard pitch shot at the 18th for an eagle two, ensuring he held a two-shot lead ahead of the final round on Sunday - which will also be played at St Andrews.
"It wasn't windy at all today so we were able to attack some holes," said Uihlein. "I played here on Wednesday and it was cold and windy and a lot harder but today was much nicer and a lot easier to play.
"It's the home of golf and the best course in the world, anyone in golf would love to win around here no matter what tournament it was whether it was in an Open Championship or any other event."
In-form Dutchman Joost Luiten hit five birdies in his round of 68 at St Andrews to head the group of six players chasing down the lead on 18-under.
Englishman David Howell reached the turn in 30 at St Andrews thanks to four birdies and an eagle, and he eventually signed for a nine-under round of 63 to join the group in second.
Martin Kaymer matched Howell both on his front nine and his final score of 63, while Ernie Els was just one shot worse off with a 64, also at St Andrews, to leave the Big Easy well in touch.
Richard McEvoy is also on 18-under after his 67 at Kingsbarns, while Shane Lowry produced arguably the best round of the day with an eight-under 64 to equal the course record at the tougher Carnoustie lay-out.
Paul Casey also equalled the course record back at St Andrews as he took just 62 shots to complete the Old Course, leaving him on 13-under and seven shots behind.