Dunhill leader Hatton poised to match Woods’ Euro Tour feat
Tyrrell Hatton of England is on course to become the first golfer since Tiger Woods 11 years ago to win the same European Tour event three years running.
Hatton shot a 6-under 66 in the third round at
St. Andrews, one of three courses being used at the Dunhill Links Championship, to open a one-stroke lead with a 14-under total of 202 on Saturday.
Marcus Fraser of Australia was his nearest challenger after a 67 at Kingsbarns.
Former Dunhill Links winner Stephen Gallacher (66) and Hatton's European Ryder Cup teammate,
Tommy Fleetwood (67), were in joint third place, two shots further back, on 11 under.
Fourteen-times major champion Woods was the last player to win the same European Tour event three successive times when, in 2007, he completed a hat trick of titles at the WGCChampionship and the WGC-Invitational.
Nick Faldo is the only Englishman to have previously achieved the feat after winning the Irish Open from 1991-93.
"To join that club would be so special," Hatton said. "It was pretty cold this morning and I was struggling to warm up. We're in a good position going into the final day and that's all we can ask for."
SINGAPORE — Lin Yuxin
of China beat the weather and broke the course record for an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur.
Lin is trying to join Japanese great Hideki Matsuyama
as the only back-to-back winners of the Asia-Pacific Amateur in its 10-year history. Also at stake is a spot in the Masters and British Open next year.
Lin, who turns 18 next week, was at 10-under 200 at the New Tanjong course at Sentosa Golf Club.
Lloyd Jefferson Go of the Philippines had a 69 and was one shot behind. A Filipino golfer has never finished better than fifth in this tournament. Ten players were within three shots of the lead.
Lin started the third round six shots behind Go and Jin Cheng of China. He ran off seven birdies in 10 holes, was slowed by a bogey on No. 12, and answered with birdies on the 14th and 16th. He finished right before storms moved into the area, causing a two-hour delay.
Lin won the Asia-Pacific Amateur last year by shooting 65 in the final round at Royal Wellington Golf