• Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Round Three

Uihlein gets final hole eagle - just 24 hours too late

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Peter Uihlein pitched in at the last hole to take the outright lead © Getty Images
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Peter Uihlein continued his sparkling form at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a third round of 65 to lead the tournament by two shots at 20-under-par.

After coming agonisingly close to securing the European Tour's first ever 59 on Friday, Uihlein finished his round on the Old Course with an eagle - the same as what he needed to make history just 24 hours earlier when standing on the ninth at Kingsbarns.

The American picked up where he left off as he carded four consecutive birdies in the front nine to move five-under at the turn.

Five soon became six-under at the tenth with another birdie before two dropped shots in three holes threatened to spoil his afternoon. However, a birdie at 14 restored order before Uihlein pitched in from 47 yards at the last to take the outright lead.

"It was not quite what I was trying to do but it worked out," Uihlein said. "I carried it a bit too far but got a bit lucky and it's pretty sweet, a cool finish and a great way to sign off. I felt I missed quite a few putts coming down the stretch so it makes up for it a little.

"St Andrews is the home of golf and the greatest course in the world. Any time you can win at St Andrews would be special. It's every golfer's dream to win out here."

Joost Luiten went around the Old Course with a third round of 68 to join David Howell, Ernie Els, Richard McEvoy, Martin Kaymer and Shane Lowery as tied for second on 18-under overall.

With conditions favouring low scoring, Paul Casey equalled the course record at St Andrews with a 10-under 62 to leave him seven shots off the lead while Lowery's 64 equalled the record at Carnoustie.

Overnight leader Tom Lewis finished with a one-over 73 around Carnoustie to drop back to 14-under for the tournament. Defending champion Branden Grace sits 11 shots off the pace at nine-under.

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