Luke Donald shot a 4-under-par 68 yesterday for a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The Englishman was at 17-under 199 at Carnoustie. Two of his countrymen and Ryder Cup teammates, Ian Poulter (65) and David Howell (71), were at 201. Poulter's excellent round came at Carnoustie, the most difficult of the three courses being played. Howell, the second-round leader, also played Carnoustie.
Donald was surprised how well he had played the links courses.
"I changed my game when I went to the States, trying to hit softer shots higher and farther. That is obviously not the way to play links golf," he said. "But I still remember how to play links golf, how to play the bump and run shots and the shot under the wind. I played a lot of links golf growing up."
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell also was two back. He shot a record-equaling 10-under 62 on the Old Course on Thursday, followed with a 72 Friday at Carnoustie and a 5-under 67 yesterday at Kingsbarns.
The final round today will be played at the Old Course.
Stephen Gallacher of Scotland was three strokes off the lead after a 66 at the Old Course. Four others, including Ernie Els, were another two shots behind. Els shot a 68 at Carnoustie.
Top-ranked Vijay Singh had a 69 at Carnoustie, leaving him eight shots off the lead.
* LPGA TOUR: Liselotte Neumann moved closer to her first tour victory in six years, firing a 69 for a one-shot lead at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship in North Augusta, S.C.
Neumann, the 1988 U.S. Women's Open champion, won the most recent of her 12 LPGA titles in 1998, a time when she was fifth on the money list and a regular near the top of leader boards. Her game has steadily fallen since, and she entered the LPGA's final full-field event of the year in 83rd place on the money list.
At 11-under 205, Neumann was a stroke ahead of Becky Morgan (70) and three in front of Sophie Gustafson (66), Grace Park (68), Laura Davies (70) and Cristie Kerr (70).
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Wayne Levi shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-shot lead over D.A. Weibring after two rounds of the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, Tex.
Levi, coming off a victory at the Constellation Energy Classic and bidding for consecutive wins for the first time in his career, moved to 13-under 131 at Augusta Pines Golf Club. Weibring carded a 7-under 65 to get to 133.
Hale Irvin (68) was another two shots back at 135.