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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Peter Perfect Pulls Clear.

Perfect Peter Uihlein pulls clear at the top of the leaderboard in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, on the Old Course at St Andrews.

Peter Uihlein  (Getty Images)

Peter Uihlein / Getty Images

Following on from his -12 under par 60 at Kingsbarns, Peter fired a third round -7 under par 65 on the Old Course at St Andrews, to top the leaderboard at -20 under par, two shots clear of the field. A chip in from 47 yards on the par four 18th hole giving him an Eagle 2, to finish his first ever round on the Old Course at St. Andrews in style.

Peter had this to say about his round, and the amazing chip in at the last;

“It was not quite what I was trying to do but it worked out. I carried it a bit too far but got a bit lucky and it’s pretty sweet, a cool finish and a great way to sign off. I felt I missed quite a few putts coming down the stretch so it makes up for it a little.I don’t know if it gets easier but the more you do it the more comfortable you get. St Andrews is the Home of Golf and the greatest course in the world. Any time you can win at St Andrews would be special. It’s every golfer’s dream to win out here.”

Sharing second place are Joost Luiten, David Howell, Ernie Els, Richard McEvoy, Martin Kaymer and Shane Lowery, all on -18 under par for the tournament.

Joost, -4 under par 68 on the Old Course, has the Ryder Cup on his mind, his playing partner Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley gave him some advice during their round;

“The Ryder Cup is on my mind and Paul said it might be better to focus on The European Tour to try to win a couple more times to qualify for The Ryder Cup.”

David Howell carded a 63 at St Andrews and would love to lift the trophy on Sunday, after seven years without a victory;

“I’m in the mix again and that’s all you can keep doing. Tomorrow might be my day, it might not. But if I keep putting myself in with a chance to win I’m sure some silverware will come my way, and it will be a real thrill when it does.”

Ernie Els, who will compete for the International Team in next week’s Presidents Cup, wants to win the individual title, and is also pleased that he and his father Neels have made the cut in the Pro-Am event.

Ernie shot a 64 at St. Andrews;

“I needed a change, I’ve been in a bit of a rut playing in the FedEx Cup in the States, playing week to week and kind of going brain dead. You don’t know exactly what you’re playing for. To come here and play with my dad, who turned 70 this year, at these beautiful links courses makes a change and that’s what I needed. It would mean a great deal to win this event especially with our close connection with (tournament promoter) Johann Rupert and his family. I’ve come close quite a few times and I feel I need to get my name on that trophy. I’m in a great position but there’s a lot of guys in there. It will be a great shootout tomorrow, depending on the weather. If it’s like this, it will be amazing.”

Richard McEvoy needs a win to climb back into the top 110 in The Race to Dubai, he had a -5 under par 67 at Kingsbarns;

” To be honest I’m thinking about winning at the moment. I’m in a position to go out and try and give it a go and try and win, that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow. That’s all I’ve been thinking about all week really is trying to get out there and finish as high up as possible, but obviously after day one, it was a key to try and keep making birdies and try and be aggressive like I was the first day. It’s paid off so far, so that’s what I’ll be doing again tomorrow.”

Martin Kaymer loves St Andrews, and also playing with his brother Philip in the Pro-AM, the family affair is completed with his father carrying the bag;

“You tell me if there’s any better or different golf course you want to play under those conditions. Perfect weather, and I played with my brother and we made the cut for tomorrow, my dad is caddying; I don’t know if it gets any better. You have a good day of playing and it’s almost impossible not to enjoy it. It’s a really nice day. A performance like yesterday and today is very nice and helps a lot in the confidence.”

Shane Lowery also had an Eagle 2 today, and equalled the Carnoustie course record of -8 under par 64;

“I didn’t know what the record was but Richard told me in the scorers’ hut afterwards, but any score under par at Carnoustie is usually good so I am delighted with eight under. I knew I needed a good score to have any chance and didn’t think I was going to shoot 64. I didn’t see the eagle go in but my dad was watching and he let me know pretty quickly!”

 Paul Casey also equalled the course record at St Andrews with a 62, but he is still seven shots off the lead on 13 under par.

It is going to be a fantastic shoot-out tomorrow to determine the winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

 

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Lewis Leads

Tom Lewis leads the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the conclusion of the second round in Scotland.

Tom Lewis  (Getty Images)

Tom Lewis / Getty Images

Tom Lewis, who currently stands at 155 in the Race To Dubai, and only has three weeks left to climb back into the top 110, has helped his cause by leading the Alfred Dunhill Links championship at the half way stage. Tom recorded a -7 under par 65 in the second round, played on the Old Course at St Andrews, to top the leaderboard at -15 under par.

Tom said the lack of wind today made it easier;

” Seven under is a good score at St Andrews but there was no wind today so I think you would be disappointed if you did not shoot better than five under. I feel like I am home again. Links golf suits me, I won the St Andrews Links Trophy here in 2011 and it’s great to come back. I knew I had good form coming in but Friday has been my enemy this year so it’s good to get it out of the way.”

Joost Luiten is alone in second place at -14 under par, he carded a second round -9 under par on the Kingsbarns course, starting on the tenth tee.

There are six players all tied in third place at -13 under par, Tommy Fleetwood, Mark Foster, Oliver Wilson, Richard McEvoy, Hennie Otto and Peter Uihlein.

Peter, playing Kingsbarns backwards, starting on the tenth tee, came close to making history. His Eagle attempt on the ninth just rolled past the edge of the hole, which would have given him a round of 59. It would have been the first 59 ever recorded on the European Tour. Even so a -12 under par 60, is a superb effort around the Kingsbarns course;

“I knew I needed to make an eagle and I thought I hit a good putt. I thought it would come back to the right but it kept going left. I had a lot of good moments today and I drove the ball well and hit a lot of wedges. Today started off with me hitting it close and not making anything and then I started holing it from everywhere. It was just one of those days that went for me. When I made that birdie on the 17th to go 11 under that was the first time 59 crossed my mind. I was in the zone out there and it was cool. I am definitely not as calm underneath as it looked, but I just tried to stay with my routines and keep the same swing thought. I put a lot of work in during the off-season and even on my off weeks I’m still practicing and grinding so it’s nice to see the results so quickly.”

Richard is battling to avoid a second successive visit to Qualifying School, he sits at 171 on the list, a long way from the top 110;

“In a way that kind of helps, because I need to keep pushing, I can’t sit back and think that I can maybe finish top 20 and that will can keep my card, because it won’t. I need to keep pushing and I need to keep making birdies. I need to keep playing the aggressive golf I’ve done the first two days and I think that helps.”

Euro Tour, WGC-HSBC Champions in China. Awesome Oosthuizen shoots 63

Oosthuizen takes command in China

Louis Oosthuizen/ getty images

Louis Oosthuizen shot an amazing second round of -9 under par 63 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Mission Hills, China, taking him to -16 under par for the tournament and five shots clear of the field.

Louis won the 2010 Open Championship from five shots clear after two rounds on the Old Course at St Andrews, and now a course record 63 in the second round here at Mission Hills saw the South African establish another commanding halfway lead. Louis thinks this contest is far from over though;

” Scoreboard-wise, it’s probably the same as St Andrews. Looking at the leaderboard, there’s so many great players up there. Like I said, it’s far from over. It was probably the same at The Open. With this tournament I’m in a great position to win it, but it’s not even crossed my mind at the moment. There’s still a lot of golf to be played, and I need to put myself in a great position going down the back nine on Sunday. I played the par fives really well, and I think I was six under on them today, “I played the par fives really well, and I think I was six under on them today, the rest was down to putting really well. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie, and hitting fairways, hitting greens, and if you make the putts, you shoot a low number. The par fives, I think I can reach all of them, which makes it easy, if you’re hitting it well just get yourself around the green. I really didn’t make a lot of eagle putts, I just was really close to the green, which led to getting up-and-down and I hit really good chips on a few today for some tap ins for birdie. You get those days where if you hit it well, you leave yourself in a decent spot for a chip-and-putt for a birdie on the par fives.”

There are two players tied in second spot, five shots off the pace, they are Adam Scott, a first round leader, and Ernie Els, a countryman of Louis. Ernie matched Louis on the day with his -9 under par round, and said he was just happy to be able to play golf this week after a tennis related injury last week that forced him out of the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda. In a strange twist to that tale, his replacement in that tournament was Padraig Harrington, who actually won the title. Ernie thought his 63 today was a bonus;

“I obviously had a good start and all of that, but I wish I can always play like that. I’m just glad to be here, after going down on the tennis court two weeks ago, to stand here and shoot 63 is quite a bonus.”

In joint fourth spot are Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who is bidding for a second win in three starts and a place in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50 for the first time, and American Ryder Cup player Jason Dufner, but they are six strokes behind. Shane said he was happy with his days play;

” I didn’t birdie two easy par fives and made a bad bogey on the sixth, but other than that I played lovely all day and gave myself a lot of chances. What’s not to enjoy? I’m playing a World Golf Championship and I’m up there in the top five going into the weekend.”

The way Mission Hills is playing, calm and easy, I don’t see anyone else catching up to these players over the weekend, the tournament is definitely Louis Oosthuizen’s to lose.

 

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