Ireland’s Shane Lowry has stormed into the lead midway through the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews today.
Lowry began the day two shots off the lead and remained just off the pace despite birdies on the fourth and fifth thanks to a blistering start from France’s Thomas Levet.
However, former Irish Open champion Lowry – who won in 2009 at County Louth while still an amateur – then birdied the ninth, chipped in for an eagle on the 10th and also birdied the 11th to move to 24 under par.
That was one shot ahead of England’s David Howell, who had covered the front nine in 31, with Levet, England’s Tom Lewis and overnight leader Peter Uihlein another shot back.
Levet had taken full advantage of the first significant wind of the week which saw most of the front nine playing straight downwind, the six-time European Tour winner starting with five straight birdies and making another on the seventh.
Levet’s charge was halted by a bogey on the eighth and although he birdied the 10th and 11th, three putts on the 12th cost him another shot.
Uihlein had been two shots clear overnight but three-putted the first and did well to recover with birdies at the fifth, sixth and ninth as he looked to win for the second time this season.