Hatton on course for Dunhill Links treble

Hatton is now on 14 under par overall, one shot clear of Australia’s Marcus Fraser and three ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate and compatriot Tommy Fleetwood. (AFP pic)

ST ANDREWS: Tyrrell Hatton shot a third-round 66 at St Andrews on Saturday to leave himself in sight of a third successive victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Hatton, who last week helped Europe beat the United States in the Ryder Cup in France, is now just one round away from becoming only the second Englishman, after Nick Faldo, to win the same European Tour event three years in a row.

Faldo achieved the feat at the Irish Open from 1991-1993 while the last player to win a hat-trick of tour titles was Tiger Woods who won the WGC-Invitational and WGC-Championship, a joint US PGA and European Tour event, from 2005 to 2007.

Hatton is now on 14 under par overall, one shot clear of Australia’s Marcus Fraser and three ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate and compatriot Tommy Fleetwood.

“I’m certainly going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best,” Hatton said. “To join that club would be so special.

“We’re in a good position going into the final day and that’s all we can ask for.”

Meanwhile, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard and Italy’s Andrea Pavan, the joint leaders at the end of the second round, were 10 under par, a shot clear of a group of five players containing reigning US Open and US PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka.