Thorbjørn Olesen is in charge of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, carding a -7 under par third round on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.
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Thorbjørn will take a three shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after shooting -7 under par 65 at St Andrews to post a total -17 under par.
He gave credit to a hot putter, and a great deal of practice;
“My putter started to get very hot out there and I holed a lot of great putts. So yeah, it was good fun.”
“To be honest it’s been very tough this season with an injury, also, and playing some bad golf. But I’ve been finding my way and just practicing hard and just hoping for it to come along at some point.”
“There have been some good rounds, but I just haven’t been able to really do it for all four rounds. But yeah, hopefully I can do it this week. It’s definitely nice to be up there on the leaderboard.”
“We will see how the weather is tomorrow but if it’s the same, there’s definitely going to be a lot of birdies. I’ll just have to try to keep up and go out there and hopefully find a few birdies.”
“It’s always difficult to go into the last day with a lead. It’s definitely a nice position to be in, and you know you can shoot a good score around this golf course if the weather is nice.”
“It’s definitely not going to be easy but I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try my best.”
Florian Fritsch is in second place, at -14 under par, three shots back. Florian shot -8 under par 64 at Kingsbarns, and reported that he was worried about making the cut at the start;
“At the beginning I was probably a bit more worried about maybe making the cut because this is a very big tournament, especially for me with the money that can be won and the position that I’m in, so this is definitely something that was kind of important to me.”
“A couple of choices were made due to that situation over what I would probably usually do but that’s what tournament golf does to you at times. I got more and more comfortable towards the end.”
“On the back nine I felt like I had a little bit more control. The golf course is very open. You can’t really lose a ball and that is definitely something that I enjoy and I guess most golfers like.”
“It loosens you up despite the situation. I hit a couple of good putts and ended up rolling in a few birdies and an eagle. That was a little extra.”
In third place is Benjamin Hebert, who finished day three on -13 under par after mixing six birdies with a single bogey at Carnoustie and scoring -5 under par 67.
Jimmy Mullen, who held a share of the halfway lead, could only manage a two over par 74 to fall to -9 under, while Anthony Wall stumble to a +1 over par 73 , both players were at Carnoustie.
Tomorrow everyone will play their final round at St Andrews, and Thorbjørn must be looking forward to it, and hopefully another 65 will give him the trophy.