Dunhill Links: Tyrrell Hatton five shots clear as Rory McIlroy just makes cut

Tyrrell Hatton

Dunhill Links Championship round three leaderboard
-18 T Hatton (Eng); -13 G Bourdy (Fra); -11 P Dunne (Ire); -9 J Lagergren (Swe), B Ritthammer (Ger), A Levy (Fra), K Aphibarnrat (Tha), N Colsaerts (Bel); -8 V Dubuisson (Fra), R Rock (Eng), M Illonen (Fin), M Warren (Sco)
Selected others: -7 T Fleetwood (Eng), S Gallacher (Sco); -6 G McDowell (NI); -4 R McIlroy (NI)
Missed cut: -3 P Harrington (Ire), J Donaldson (Wal); +1 E Els (SA); +3 L Westwood (Eng), T Bjorn (Den)

Defending champion Tyrell Hatton takes a five-shot into the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship after a bogey-free seven-under 65 on Saturday.

Having made a 65 at Carnoustie to tie the halfway lead, the world number 29’s round at Kingsbarns put him 18 under.

Gregory Bourdy’s 66 took him second but joint leader Tommy Fleetwood dropped to seven under after six bogeys in a 76.

Rory McIlroy, without a win in 2017, had been outside the cut mark but finished four under to make it by one.

“It was a bit of an up and down day but I’m glad I get to play one more round before I call it a season and get ready for next year,” said Northern Ireland’s world number six, who had eight birdies, a double bogey and two bogeys in his round.

After the players played a round each at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie over the first three days, the final round will be contested solely on the Old Course at St Andrews on Sunday.

More to follow.

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Fleetwood breaks Carnoustie record to take lead with Hatton

England's Tommy Fleetwood

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
-11 T Fleetwood (Eng), T Hatton (Eng); -10 N Colsaerts (Bel); -9 P Dunne (Ire), M Siem (Ger); -8 K Aphibarnrat (Tha), D Drysdale (Sco), J Lagergren (Swe), B Ritthammer (Ger), M Wallace (Eng)
Selected others:-4 L Donald (Eng), P Harrington (Ire), G McDowell (NI); E L Westwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI)

England’s Tommy Fleetwood shot a course-record 63 at Carnoustie to take a share of the lead after day two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Fleetwood, who became a father for the first time last week, sits on 11 under with defending champion Tyrrell Hatton.

The pair lead by one shot from Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, while first-round co-leader Paul Dunne is in a tie for fourth at nine under.

Rory McIlroy’s 71 leaves him 11 off the lead on level alongside Lee Westwood.

“It sounds good doesn’t it?” said Southport’s Fleetwood when asked how it felt to break the course record.

“You don’t really think too much about it when you are playing.

“But then I holed that one on the last and they said it was a course record.”

Fleetwood, 26, leads the Race to Dubai standings with just a handful of events remaining after a fine year that has seen him become one of the elite players in the game.

His historic round included a run of five successive birdies on the back nine while Hatton made five birdies in seven back-nine holes, also at Carnoustie.

Scotland’s David Drysdale is three behind after carding a 67 at Kingsbarns while former Ryder Cup player Colsaerts shot a 67 on St Andrews Old, which is the third course to host the tournament.

World number six McIlroy appears unlikely to end his wait for a victory in 2017 in the Dunhill Links after firing a 71 that was totally overshadowed by Fleetwood, one of his playing partners.

In his final tournament of the season, McIlroy’s 71 included a double bogey seven on the sixth.

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In-form Dunne shares lead at Dunhill Links

Paul Dunne has a share of Alfred Dunhill Links lead

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
-5 P Dunne (Ire), N Colsaerts (Bel); -4 R Fox (NZ), T Hatton (Eng), S Lowry (Ire), O Fisher (Eng), J Stalter (Fra)
Selected others:-3 B Evans (Eng), D Drysdale (Sco), G McDowell (NI), M Wallace (Eng); -2 M Warren (Sco), S Jamieson (Sco), L Donald (Eng), J Donaldson (Wal), B Dredge (Wal), T Fleetwood (Eng); +1 R McIlroy (NI)

Ireland’s Paul Dunne continued his fine form by taking a share of the lead after day one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Dunne, who won his maiden European Tour title at the British Masters on Sunday, shot a five-under-par 67 at St Andrews.

Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts joins Dunne in the lead after a 67 at Kingsbarns in the three-course event.

English pair Tyrrell Hatton and Oliver Fisher, and Ireland’s Shane Lowry, are in a group of five a shot off the lead.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Scot David Drysdale are part of a 10-man group on three under, alongside English pair Ben Evans and Matt Wallace.

Drysdale and Evans both carded 69s at Carnoustie, where no other player bettered their opening scores.

Home hopefuls Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson, plus Welsh duo Jamie Donaldson and Bradley Dredge, finished their opening rounds on two under.

Rory McIlroy, playing in his final tournament of the year, shot a one-over 73 as he aims to avoid a season without a win for the first time since 2008.

Dunne, 24, eagled the par-four ninth and carded four birdies in windy conditions on the Old Course.

“It felt a lot different teeing up as a European Tour winner, as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday just flew by this week,” he said.

“It felt good and my game still feels good. I got onto the first tee still feeling confident with my swing and the win does take the pressure off you.”

McIlroy, also playing at St Andrews, started with a birdie on the par-four first but then double-bogeyed the second.

Three more birdies were wiped out by three bogeys as the world number six, who has been plagued by a rib injury this year, finished the day six shots behind the leaders.

The Northern Irishman, 28, claimed his first professional victory at the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and has since won every season on either the European, PGA, PGA of Australasia or Asian Tour, including claiming four majors.

The run will end if he does not win this week.

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Keane saying 'no' to autograph has stuck with me – McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy remembers the day Roy Keane refused to give him an autograph.

And that is why the four-time major champion is determined to not leave any of his fans disappointed when they ask for a signature.

Northern Irishman McIlroy made a young fan’s day at last week’s British Masters by handing over his golf ball.

It is a moment