Hatton fires 62 to take the lead

Tyrrell Hatton. photo credit Getty Images

 

Tyrrell Hatton will go in search of a maiden European Tour title on the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a stunning third round of 62 – the lowest of his burgeoning career – earned him a three-shot lead over his compatriot Ross Fisher.

Hatton, who missed the cut in both his previous appearances in the Alfred Dunhill Links, birdied his last two holes to move to 17 under par, and the Englishman will return to the Old Course on Sunday to try close the tournament out and walk away with a cheque for €711,073.

Hatton came mighty close to securing a debut title in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July, before eventually finishing one shot behind Alex Noren, but he is on course to break his duck after equalling the course record with a flawless display at St Andrews.

Six birdies before the turn and four more after gave the 25 year old some breathing space at the top of the leaderboard, but with Martin Kaymer amongst the chasing pack on 12 under par after a round of 65, Hatton may have to repeat his heroics if he is to succeed Thorbjørn Olesen as champion.

Fisher, who recently lost a play-off in the Porsche European Open, shot a solid 69 at Carnoustie to maintain his fine form, while Richard Sterne and Joakim Lagergren are also in the hunt on 13 under par after they shot respective rounds of 65 and 69 at St Andrews.

Marc Warren is the leading Scot on 11 under par, whilst Florian Fritsch posted a 65, the lowest round of the day at Carnoustie, to join his fellow German Kaymer in a share of fifth place.

Hatton and his amateur partner, actor Jamie Dornan, are two shots off the pace in the Pro-Am competition, which is led by Poland’s Adrian Meronk – making his professional debut – and Johan Eliasch, Chairman and CEO of global sporting goods group Head N.V.

Tyrrell Hatton: “It’s quite clearly the best round I’ve ever had. I’ve never got to double digits under par before, so I’m very pleased with that. Obviously I’d love to get a win so I’ll try my best tomorrow. It’s been a really consistent year so far, and it would be nice to have a good finish to the season. The Old Course hasn’t generally been too kind to me in the past, but hopefully I can have another good day here tomorrow.

“I putted really well again today. That was the big thing. I just kept the momentum going by holing some good birdie putts, and I holed a couple of good par putts as well. That kept things going, and I’m obviously really happy with the finish.”

Ross Fisher: “It was decent. You never know what you’re going to get when you turn up here. We were all hoping for Car-nicety and not Car-nasty, and we got it. It was a beautiful day to play this place, what a golf course in this condition.

“Conditions were pretty benign, there wasn’t much breeze. But it was still tricky out there, it was very firm and very fiery. But overall, I felt pretty pleased with the round. There were a couple of scrappy shots, and maybe I left a couple of putts out there, but all in all, I can’t complain. To shoot in the 60s for the third day running, I’m obviously very, very pleased.

Martin Kaymer (on playing with his father): “He’s never experienced the final round at St Andrews before, so I think the most important thing is that we have a good time out there tomorrow as a family. I don’t know how much longer we can still play together, because you never know what will happen. We have to be realistic because we don’t really have a chance to win in the team event, but if we can squeeze in the top ten, that would be an amazing achievement.”

Round Three Scores;

199 T Hatton (Eng) 67 70 62,
202 R Fisher (Eng) 65 68 69,
203 R Sterne (RSA) 69 69 65, J Lagergren (Swe) 66 68 69,
204 M Kaymer (Ger) 71 68 65, F Fritsch (Ger) 68 71 65,
205 M Warren (Sco) 72 66 67,
206 L Jensen (Den) 71 69 66, S Kjeldsen (Den) 71 68 67,
207 D Horsey (Eng) 72 69 66, R Paratore (Ita) 71 70 66,
208 R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 70 70 68, B Virto (Esp) 71 69 68, B Wiesberger (Aut) 73 66 69, J Zunic (Aus) 70 71 67, A Noren (Swe) 64 71 73, G McDowell (Nir) 74 67 67,
209 N Fasth (Swe) 72 69 68, T Fleetwood (Eng) 72 67 70, B Dredge (Wal) 69 72 68, R Bland (Eng) 70 69 70,
210 J Quesne (Fra) 72 69 69, A Wall (Eng) 71 69 70, G Coetzee (RSA) 72 69 69, C Shinkwin (Eng) 67 74 69, J Ahlers (RSA) 70 71 69, L Oosthuizen (RSA) 71 71 68, P Larrazábal (Esp) 71 73 66, A Dodt (Aus) 70 70 70, P Dunne (Irl) 72 72 66,
211 M Ilonen (Fin) 73 71 67, R Karlsson (Swe) 71 71 69, T Van Der Walt (RSA) 74 70 67, T Pieters (Bel) 70 68 73, J Kruger (RSA) 68 68 75, A Cañizares (Esp) 68 72 71, R Dinwiddie (Eng) 73 68 70, R Karlberg (Swe) 68 71 72, R Rock (Eng) 70 73 68, G Forrest (Sco) 73 72 66, P Hanson (Swe) 71 69 71, N Colsaerts (Bel) 71 70 70, C Lee (Sco) 69 73 69,
212 M Guyatt (Aus) 69 74 69, J Morrison (Eng) 71 74 67, S Lowry (Irl) 72 68 72, R Wattel (Fra) 78 66 68, G Storm (Eng) 71 72 69, D Drysdale (Sco) 72 72 68, M Siem (Ger) 77 68 67, M Ford (Eng) 66 72 74, U Van Den Berg (RSA) 69 69 74,
213 B Evans (Eng) 72 70 71, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 75 68, G Bourdy (Fra) 69 74 70, T Olesen (Den) 73 72 68, Y Yang (Kor) 71 69 73, R West (RSA) 69 73 71, G Havret (Fra) 76 67 70, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 73 66 74, F Zanotti (Par) 72 70 71, E Van Rooyen (RSA) 72 69 72,
214 O Fisher (Eng) 73 73 68, K Broberg (Swe) 74 70 70, A McArthur (Sco) 70 70 74, J Winther (Den) 74 69 71, J McLeary (Sco) 71 74 69, C Stroud (USA) 70 71 73, L Canter (Eng) 72 72 70, R Ramsay (Sco) 70 71 73, R McEvoy (Eng) 73 69 72, E De La Riva (Esp) 71 70 73, S Jamieson (Sco) 67 75 72, P Harrington (Irl) 70 73 71, A Levy (Fra) 73 71 70, A Johnston (Eng) 71 70 73, L Slattery (Eng) 70 76 68,
215 J Hugo (RSA) 70 79 66, P Edberg (Swe) 74 72 69, S Khan (Eng) 71 71 73, E Molinari (Ita) 69 77 69, M Bremner (RSA) 73 68 74, E Pepperell (Eng) 68 75 72, F Laporta (Ita) 75 69 71, P Waring (Eng) 71 72 72, J Parry (Eng) 74 72 69, P Peterson (USA) 70 70 75,
216 G Stal (Fra) 74 74 68, S Dyson (Eng) 75 71 70, C Sharvin (Nir) 75 73 68, R Davies (Wal) 74 68 74, N Elvira (Esp) 77 70 69, A Otaegui (Esp) 70 75 71, M Carlsson (Swe) 73 72 71, D Lipsky (USA) 73 76 67, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 74 75 67, R Evans (Eng) 73 76 67, S Webster (Eng) 72 76 68,
217 J Carlsson (Swe) 75 71 71, D Fichardt (RSA) 73 75 69, A Wu (Chn) 74 70 73, D Brooks (Eng) 69 75 73, C Paisley (Eng) 71 72 74, D Burmester (RSA) 71 73 73, T Lewis (Eng) 74 72 71,
218 M Baldwin (Eng) 75 74 69, R Jacquelin (Fra) 67 80 71, M Madsen (Den) 73 74 71, J Hume (Irl) 74 72 72, J Luiten (Ned) 75 72 71, B Rumford (Aus) 74 74 70, N Dougherty (Eng) 73 72 73, E Ferguson (Sco) 74 73 71, P Meesawat (Tha) 70 71 77, S Lee (Kor) 73 73 72, R Lee (Can) 71 75 72,
219 M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 77 73 69, F Aguilar (Chi) 74 73 72, J Campillo (Esp) 76 74 69, T Linard (Fra) 74 74 71, M Hoey (Nir) 69 76 74, S O’Hair (USA) 76 73 70, M Korhonen (Fin) 73 73 73, K Mueck (Aus) 73 72 74, H Porteous (RSA) 75 74 70, J Hansen (Den) 70 68 81, B Grace (RSA) 73 75 71, A Meronk (Pol) 72 80 67,
220 M Southgate (Eng) 78 70 72, P McGinley (Irl) 72 79 69, D Valente (Aus) 75 78 67, M Manassero (Ita) 73 76 71, M Millar (Aus) 77 74 69, R Gouveia (Por) 76 76 68, A Quiros (Esp) 80 70 70,
221 R Kakko (Fin) 80 74 67, C Berardo (Fra) 79 70 72, B Åkesson (Swe) 77 72 72, D Im (USA) 70 78 73, B Hebert (Fra) 74 73 74, M Kieffer (Ger) 73 74 74, N Holman (Aus) 69 77 75,
222 C Hanson (Eng) 74 79 69, T Immelman (RSA) 77 73 72, D Willett (Eng) 73 73 76, N Bertasio (Ita) 74 70 78, R Green (Aus) 71 73 78, T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 75 73 74,
223 D Dixon (Eng) 75 75 73, D Bransdon (Aus) 69 76 78, T Merritt (USA) 72 73 78, O Bekker (RSA) 77 74 72,
224 J Blaauw (RSA) 74 77 73,
225 B Stone (RSA) 75 75 75, M Goggin (Aus) 80 75 70, G Boyd (Eng) 76 74 75, L Bjerregaard (Den) 73 75 77,
226 L Westwood (Eng) 75 82 69, N Srithong (Tha) 74 76 76,
227 E España (Fra) 72 73 82,
228 J Walters (RSA) 72 79 77, J Fahrbring (Swe) 77 76 75,
229 O Wilson (Eng) 76 76 77,
230 Z Blair (USA) 72 81 77, J Jeong (Kor) 72 74 84,
** S Gros (Fra) 77 75 DQ, J Donaldson (Wal) 71 79 WD, D Howell (Eng) RT 0 0,

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