St Andrews, Scotland (WNN) – Tyrell Hatton put up a stellar display of links golf in Scotland on Friday to put himself on track for a third win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The Englishman, after a 19–9 victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup, could not face a more difficult test as he played the famously tough carnoustie on the first day and then met with strong winds at Kingsburn on the second day.
But after scoring an impressive 64 at the British Open venue, he struggled to a second-round 70 to reach 10 under on a weekend at the Old Course in St Andrews.
Fellow Englishman Daniel Gavins was his closest opponent, one shot clear of 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and China’s Li Haotong.
“I was lucky when I hit a bad shot, so I didn’t get into too much of a dodgy situation,” Hatton said.
Starting on 10th, Hatton leveled with three birdies and three bogeys, but consecutive advances on sixth and seventh propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.
Gavins scored a 68 at Carnausti, Willett signed for a 69 at Kingsburn, and Lee set a record of 72 to make his first cut in 14 events this year at St Andrews.
Hatton’s Whistling Straits teammate Tommy Fleetwood sat in 7th with Dane Jeff Vinther, a shot clear from a group comprising Ireland’s Shane Lowry, his countryman John Murphy, Scott Ewen Ferguson and another Ryder Cup player from England’s Oliver Fisher. .
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