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RY­DER CUP win­ner Tyrrell Hat­ton fired a 66 at St An­drews to put him­self on course for a third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory at the Al­fred Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship.

Just six says af­ter be­ing part of Europe’s thump­ing vic­tory at Le Golf Na­tional, Hat­ton stood on the brink of mak­ing more his­tory as he looked to be­come just the sec­ond English­man af­ter Sir Nick Faldo to win the same Euro­pean Tour event three years in a row.

Faldo achieved the feat at the Ir­ish Open be­tween 1991 and 1993, while the last player to do it was Tiger Woods, who won the WGCIn­vi­ta­tional and WGC-Cham­pi­onship events from 2005 to 2007.

Hat­ton will en­ter the fi­nal day at St An­drews on 14 un­der par, one shot clear of Aus­tralian Mar­cus Fraser and three ahead of fel­low Ry­der Cup win­ner Tommy Fleet­wood and Scot­tish 2004 cham­pion Stephen Gal­lacher.

“I’m cer­tainly go­ing to go out and give it my best,” Hat­ton said.

“To join that club would be so spe­cial. We’re in a good po­si­tion and that’s all we can ask for.”

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