ST. ANDREWS, Scotland. Richard Mansell doubled his lead to four in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by hitting 5-67 at Carnoustie in the third round on Saturday.
Mansell, ranked 218th, is on track for his first DP World Tour victory as the Englishman returns to St. Andrews to take part in the final round of the tournament, played on three of Scotland’s legendary courses over the first three days: Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and Old Course in the birthplace of golf.
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Mansell defied terrible weather on Friday to score 4-68 at Old Course and shone again on a bright but windy day just half an hour down the road, making six birdies and one bogey to reach 15th less.
“I argued a lot this year and had chances on Sundays,” said Mansell, who has three top-five finishes this year. “Every time in golf they say you don’t lose, you learn. This is what I feel like I did really well this year.
“Lots of golf tomorrow. This is links golf, anything can happen. This is St. Andrews. People can shoot 60. Now I’m really focused on myself. I’ll try to get a good score and see where it takes me. And just don’t worry about anyone else.”
Three players are tied for second place: England’s Daniel Gavins, Sweden’s Alex Noren and New Zealander Ryan Fox.
Noren, who plays at St Andrews, signed for 69 after five birds and two ghosts. Gavins (67) and Fox (65) finished their rounds well in Kingsbarnes to get into the mix.
Rory McIlroy has a huge task ahead of him, laying down eight throws back from his 66th shot at St. Andrews.