Hatton’s five-shot lead puts him in driving seat Leicester win again but Irish grab a bonus
DEFENDING champion Tyrrell Hatton put himself on the brink of a dream victory at St Andrews as he opened up a five-shot lead heading into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The Englishman equalled the course record at the home of golf last year on his way to a four-shot victory and a first European Tour title, and a bogey-free 65 put him in a commanding position to defend his crown.
After opening with a 68 on the Old Course on Thursday, he followed that with a 65 at Carnoustie and matching that mark at Kingsbarns moved him to 18 under, with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy his closest challenger.
Ireland’s Paul Dunne was then at 11 under with former world number one Luke Donald and fellow Englishman Ross Fisher a further shot back but all eyes will be on Hatton when he tees off on today.
Rory McIlroy, without a win in 2017, had been outside the cut mark but finished four under to make it by one. LEICESTER recorded their fourth straight Premiership victory with a 28-27 success over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.
It is the first time since March 2015 the Tigers have won four on the bounce as Nick Malouf and Will Evans scored tries either side of half-time.
Jonny May also continued his impressive try-scoring run but tries from Blair Cowan, David Paice and Alex Lewington gave Irish a deserved losing bonus point.