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Ryder Cup Heroes Atop The Leaderboard At Dunhill Links

There’s no sign of a post-Ryder Cup hangover for some of Team Europe’s stars at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Tyrrell Hatton has won this prestigious event for the last two years running, but after the triumph at Le Golf National last week, he could be forgiven for taking it handy in Scotland.

But the Englishman holds a one shot lead over Aussie Marcus Fraser heading into the final round tomorrow.

The first three rounds take place at the three finest courses that the home of golf has to offer; Carnoustie – the venue for this year’s Open Championship, Kingsbarns, and St. Andrews, before the final round at the latter course.

Playing the Old Course today, Hatton shot a 66 to go to -14 for the tournament and into the driving seat. But he’s closely followed by compatriot and Ryder Cup teammate Tommy Fleetwood.

On the same 18 holes, the ever-popular Brit shot a 67 to go just three shots behind the leader, alongside home favourite Stephen Gallacher on -11.

Also lurking after a tumultuous week is double 2018 major winner, Brooks Koepka.

The American lost the Ryder Cup, unfortunately hit a fan with a drive that left her blinded in one eye, and had reported multiple bust-ups with Dustin Johnson. Nonetheless, he’s on nine under, enabled by a fine Saturday round of 65.

Padraig Harrington was one of the vice-captains for Thomas Bjorn last week, and he continues his good recent form, currently on 6 under and inside the top 20 with one round remaining.

Robin Dawson’s first round 74 saw him miss the cut by just a shot despite subsequent rounds of 70, while Paul McGinley was unable to follow up his fine 69 on Thursday, posting 73 and 75 to miss out by four shots in the end.

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