Grace in last day lead
Article posted: 06 October 2012
I kept fighting, got it around and finishing with a birdie is a bonus
Branden Grace heads into Sunday’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship final round at St Andrews with a four-shot lead after recording a sub-70 score for the third successive day.
Grace, who has won four times already this season, is 20 under par for the tournament following his three under 69 at Carnoustie, the most challenging of the three courses this week.
Fredrik Andersson Hed is tied third on 15 under after firing a bogey-free six under 66 at Kingsbarns, while Chris Wood is inside the top 20 on nine under following a four under 68, his lowest round of the week. He is joined in tied 18th by James Kingston.
"I didn't play particularly well," said Grace. "There were loose shots here and there, but this course mentally does it to you. I kept fighting, got it around and finishing with a birdie is a bonus.
"Everybody calls it 'Car-nasty' and it showed you still have to hit good shots. I've dreamt of picking any trophy up on that bridge on the 18th (at St Andrews), so maybe this time on Sunday it happens."
David Howell ensured his participation in the fourth round with a fine five under 67 at St Andrews. He is joined on six under by Matthew Baldwin (72) and Richard Finch (69).
So, too, did Charl Schwartzel, who fired a 66 at the Home of Golf. He is joined on five under by George Coetzee (68), Joost Luiten (71) and Tommy Fleetwood (72) respectively.
Florentyna Parker is tied 15th at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France on two under. Ben An is tied second at the ALLIANZ Open de Lyon on nine under, one shot off the lead following his third round 68. Simon Wakefield is tied 15th on five under, while Chris Lloyd is one shot behind.