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.
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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.