|-15 R Mansell (Eng); -11 R Fox (NZ), D Gavins (Eng); To Noren (Sweden); -ten N Moller (Den), A Rozner (Fra); -9 C Shinkwin (Eng); -8 C Burke (SA), R Hojgaard (Den), T Pulkkanen (Finland)|
|Selected other: -7 P Harrington (Ire), R MacIntyre (Sco), R McIlroy (NI), M Southgate (Eng), C Syme (Sco); -6 T Hatton (Eng), L Oosthuizen (SA), D Whitnell (Eng); -5 A Fitzpatrick (Eng); M Fitzpatrick (Eng), G Forrest (Sco)|
England’s Richard Mansell extended his lead to four shots heading into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Countryman Daniel Gavins, Swede Alex Noren and New Zealander Ryan Fox are Mansell’s closest opponents after his five-under par 67 at Carnoustie.
The 27-year-old had passed to the third round two ahead of Noren.
“It’s tied golf – anything can happen,” Mansell said. “It’s St Andrews, people can shoot 60.”
The one-time championship is being played at three courses on the Scottish east coast, the other being Kingsbarns, and Mansell heads to the Old Course in search of a first DP World Tour victory, after three top-five finishes this year.
“I have been in contention a lot this year and I had chances on Sunday,” he added. “Every time, they say in golf, you don’t lose, you learn. That’s what I feel like I did very well this year.”
Noren spent much of Saturday’s game alongside Mansell at the top of the table, but had to sign for a 69 – four adrift of the Englishman’s 15-under-par tally.
Northern Ireland world number two Rory McIlroy and Scottish duo Robert MacIntyre and Connor Syme, both vying to be the first home winners of this event since Colin Montgomerie in 2005, are eight strokes behind in joint 11th , with Irishman Padraig Harrington.
That was despite Syme’s excellent 65 at Kingsbarns and McIlroy’s 66 at St Andrews, while MacIntyre lost ground with a 71 at the Old Course, where Harrington shot 69.
South Africans Christiaan Burke and Bruce Mitchell lead the pro-am tournament by two strokes.