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McIlroy three behind leader after Dunhill Links third round

Oliver Wilson leads the field on 15 under.

Rory McIlroy is in contention going into the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Rory McIlroy is in contention going into the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
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ENGLISHMAN OLIVER WILSON will carry a three-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a seven under par round of 65 put him into prime position for a maiden European Tour victory.

The 34-year-old is now 15 under for the tournament after 54 holes.

Wilson, who played on the losing European Ryder Cup in 2008 but is now ranked 792 in the world, has been a perennial runner-up since turning professional in 2003.

But he will begin Sunday’s final round with a healthy advantage over world number one Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Alexander Levy and overnight leader Raphael Jacquelin.

The event is being played on the Old Course at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie with the field rotating courses.

Englishman Fleetwood covered his opening nine holes in five under par and finished with a ten under par 62 in the round of the day on the Old Course to lie joint second with Northern Irishman McIlroy and the French duo Levy and Jacquelin.

McIlroy, fresh from his triumph at the Ryder Cup, had a blistering front nine that saw him reel off eight birdies in ten holes, including five in a row to catapult up the leaderboard.

Fleetwood, who recently finished second at the Wales Open, had a run of six birdies in a row around the turn and ten in total as he chases a second European victory.

Lanky Englishman Chris Wood carded a bogey free round 66 on the Kingsbarns layout and is tied for sixth along with American Ryan Palmer, who signed for his third straight round in the 60s and Scotland’s Richie Ramsey.

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