Dun­hill leader Hat­ton poised to match Woods’ Euro Tour feat

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

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."

ASIA-PA­CIFIC AMA­TEUR

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

Club.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.