Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2013: Round 4 Tee Times and Predictions

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 29, 2013

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Peter Uihlein of the USA plays off the 12th tee during the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on The Old Course, at St Andrews on September 28, 2013 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Peter Uihlein followed up a phenomenal round of 60 with a 65 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead entering the final round of the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The rising American star has plenty of terse competition in his way of a second victory as a rookie on the European Tour, though.

Among the cluster closest to Uihlein's 20-under-par total are former world No. 1s and major champions Martin Kaymer and Ernie Els, along with Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten and a resurgent David Howell.

Thus, plenty of fantastic players will occupy the groups in front of the final pairing of Uihlein and Luiten. Below is a look at the complete tee times for Round 4 at the Old Course at St. Andrews, along with predictions as to how this marquee tournament will play out.

Note: Statistics and information are courtesy of EuropeanTour.com. Tournament history was obtained via the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

Predictions

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Ernie Els of South Africa reacts after missing eagle putt on fifth hole during the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on The Old Course, at St Andrews on September 28, 2013 in St Andrews, Scotland. (P
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Els Fades with Flat Iron Faults

The Big Easy is a Hall of Famer and no stranger to winning a multitude of events, but the most important club in the bag has let him down this year to the point that he's not as safe of a bet to capture the trophy.

Since winning the BMW International Open, Els has seen his performance dip in finishing no better than a tie for 20th in his past nine appearances worldwide.

It's been a welcome return to form at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but Els' putter is likely to betray him again.

The 43-year-old finished 125th in total putting across 19 tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2013.

As sweet as his swing is and as on as he is in terms of ball-striking—he hit all 18 greens in regulation on Saturday—what he does beyond the tee to green side of things will be his undoing.

 

Kaymer Mounts Biggest Challenge

KINGSBARNS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  Martin Kaymer of Germany in action during the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links on September 27, 2013 in Kingsbarns, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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The 2010 PGA Championship winner has struggled to handle the hype since breaking out and winning 10 times on the European Tour before the age of 27.

Signs of the Kaymer of old were present when he drained the winning putt at the most recent Ryder Cup, though, and it appears he is close to returning to prominence among golf's elite.

Kaymer lit up St. Andrews on Saturday in matching the best round of the day with a nine-under 63, carding a 30 on the front nine.

After having difficulty with the flat iron in the first two rounds, the German stud turned it around and needed only 27 putts in Round 3. Look for that momentum to carry over and for Kaymer to make some noise playing several groups in front of Uihlein and Luiten.

 

Uihlein Hangs On for Win

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Peter Uihlein of the USA on the 11th hole during the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on The Old Course, at St Andrews on September 28, 2013 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty I
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It took an eagle on the final hole at St. Andrews for Uihlein to ultimately separate himself from the plethora of established veterans behind him.

Uihlein is only 24, and he has the opportunity to make a monster statement and become more of a legitimate factor on the world stage.

But he may have already done that in his flirtation with the first 59 in European Tour history when he shot 60 at Kingsbarns on Friday. Here's how close his eagle putt for the magic number came, per Yahoo! Sports' Shane Bacon:

The former Oklahoma State Cowboy has lived up to the hype since emerging from the storied program, which has produced stars such as Rickie Fowler in recent years.

In the past two rounds, Uihlein has hit 34 of 36 greens in regulation and has averaged in the 320-yard range in driving distance throughout the tournament. That combination of power and precision shows how special Uihlein has the chance to be.

Luiten is a formidable playing competitor since he's won twice this season, but Uihlein proved that he has the chops to win against this world-class field. After a close call as runner-up at the Wales Open, Uihlein will find the winner's circle once again.