Tyrrell Hatton displaced fellow Englishman Ross Fisher at the top of the leaderboard at the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Saturday after equalling a course record in Scotland.
Hatton shot a 62 at St. Andrews to move three shots clear of Fisher and the chasing pack. The leader after Round 2 was let down by a costly late bogey on the 16th at Carnoustie.
Here's what the leaderboard looks like after Day 3:
|Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2016: Round 3 Leaderboard|
|Position||Player||Round 3 Score||To Par||Overall|
All scorecard information per the European Tour official site.
A birdie at the 18th gave Hatton 10 for the day. The final one was set up by this fantastic shot to reach the pin, relayed by the European Tour official site:
He'd secure his ninth birdie at the 17th as part of a bogey-free round:
Hatton was setting a pace the others on the links just couldn't match, although Fisher tried hard at Carnoustie. Like Hatton, he found birdies easy to come by, sinking five on the day, with three coming over four holes on the back nine.
This birdie putt at the 15th temporarily put Fisher back in front:
Fisher appeared to be rolling, but disaster soon struck on the par-three 16. He had to settle for a bogey, his second of the day after coming unstuck on the par-four three.
Fisher did rally to finish with pars on the 17th and 18th, but it wasn't enough to move back ahead of Hatton. Even though he dropped, Fisher took to social media to express satisfaction with his round:
Swede Joakim Lagergren stayed in touch with the top two after shooting a 69 at St. Andrews. He recovered from a bogey at the par-four third to sink a pair of birdies over the next six holes and close out the front nine.
Another birdie, this one at the par-three 11, set Lagergren back, but three birdies over the next four rescued his round. At least they did until he slipped to a double bogey at the par-four 17th.
Meanwhile, Martin Kaymer got his round off to a good start with four birdies over the front nine. Fresh from disappointment with Team Europe at the Ryder Cup, Kaymer found par over the first four holes before sinking back-to-back birdies, starting on the par-five fifth, and then doing so again starting from the par-three eighth.
He hit a birdie again when he reached the par-four 13, as shown by the European Tour:
It was part of a run of three birdies in a row, which helped put Kaymer five shots off the lead ahead of the final hole. Par at the 18th left Kaymer tied for fifth with fellow countryman Florian Fritsch, closing a solid day for the German.
Hatton may struggle to match today's superb form on Day 4. If so, the more consistent Fisher is a good bet to take back control of the leaderboard on the decisive final day.