American Peter Uihlein has risen to the top of the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard heading into the final day of the tournament. His second-shot eagle on the 18th hole gave him the lead. Hitting a wedge from 47 yards out, Uihlein holed it to complete a third-round 65.
Sunday’s final round is set to be an exciting climax to the four-day event, as there are six golfers just one stroke behind him. Seven others are within three of Uihlein as they transition to Day 4.
Here’s a look at an updated scoreboard showing Uihlein’s lead and the challengers right on his heels.
|T2||Ernie Els||South Africa||-18|
|T9||Garth Mulroy||South Africa||-16|
|T9||Hennie Otto||South Africa||-16|
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Golfers to Watch on Day 4
The American wasn’t always atop the leaderboard. After shooting an opening-round 71, Uihlein was significantly off the pace of the leaders. But he used that poor start to fuel a near-record-setting performance on Friday.
Inches separated him from the course record and the first 59 of the European Tour. His attempted eagle putt on the last hole went a couple of inches wide to solidify a still-tremendous 60 for the round. That finish left him two strokes behind then-leader Tom Lewis.
After shooting a 65 on Saturday, Uihlein is now in a great position to carry that momentum into the final day. He has little room for error, though, with so many top competitors closing in, so we’ll see if he can handle the pressure.
South African and European and PGA Tour veteran Ernie Els is closing in on the top spot. He jumped up 11 spots on the leaderboard after shooting a 64, the best round of his tournament to date.
Ernie Els after his Old Course (64) "That was very nice. The weather was benign and it was there for the taking" pic.twitter.com/XAj7qXXgPv— Alfred Dunhill Links (@dunhilllinks) September 28, 2013
He’s been steady, if not spectacular through three days of golf. Els has steadily improved every round after opening with a 69 on Thursday. Someone with his experience and confidence heading into the final day is always a threat to steal the trophy.
Another veteran in the thick of the chase is Germany’s Martin Kaymer. The 28-year-old is a former No. 1-ranked golfer in the world in 2011 after an impressive rise to the top in 2010. He won the 2010 PGA Championship after out-dueling Bubba Watson in a playoff and has one other PGA Tour victory to his name.
After opening with a 69 at Dunhill Links, Kaymer has improved with a 66 on Friday and a near-perfect 63 on Saturday. He’ll likely need to improve again on the final day of action in order to climb to the top and hold off a crowded leaderboard.