Date: October 05, 2008

Fraser lurking in Dunhill

Marcus Fraser has fired the equal second best score of the day to move within four strokes of the lead after three rounds of the Dunhill Links Championship. On a miserable day when only six players broke par in the 168-strong field, Fraser carded a one-under round of 71 to catapult himself up the leaderboard and within striking distance of the overnight leaders. Fraser sits at two-under-par overall, some four strokes behind Germany&aposs Martin Kaymer and Swede Jarmo Sandelin, but reigning British Open champion Padraig Harrington is looming ominously. Sweden&aposs Magnus Carlsson is a shot behind the leaders at five-under and Harrington is among a four-strong group another stroke adrift. Returning to the Carnoustie course where he won the first of his back-to-back Open titles, Harrington played the front nine in 40 but came home in a superb 34 to end the day in a share of fourth place. Harrington described how tough the conditions had been, particularly into the wind and rain on the front nine. “I hit a drive about 195 yards on one hole,” said the 37-year-old. “I had three three-putts in the first six holes and it would definitely have been easier starting on the back nine, where there&aposs two reachable par fours.” “You&aposve got to hit sensible shots all the time. I got caught once or twice going for pins when it&aposs about hitting it in the right place.” With victories in the last two majors under his belt, many would see Harrington as favourite to claim his third win in the event, but he insisted: “I wouldn&apost see myself as favourite. I&aposm happy that I&aposm only two behind. I was two behind going out and I still am.” “I&aposm not 100 percent confident about how I&aposm playing. It will be interesting to see how this situation pans out. I&aposm looking forward to getting into the hunt on the back nine and making a few birdies.” Swede Robert Karlsson is tied with four other golfers at three-under, while Lee Westwood is among the players tied with Fraser at two-under. Sunday&aposs final round will be a family affair for joint-leader Kaymer, who is playing with his brother Philip – whose caddie for the week is their father – in the team event. The 23-year-old&aposs mother died from cancer earlier this year, only two weeks after his emotional victory on home soil in the BMW International in Munich. “I played very well yesterday and Thursday, today was okay but I struggled a bit with my tee shots,” Kaymer said. “I&aposm looking forward to tomorrow and I think I have a chance.” “I can play with my brother and father again because we are fifth in the team competition, which will be great.” The cut changed from four-over-par to five-over when Italy&aposs Francesco Molinari, in the last group out, bogeyed the 18th at Carnoustie. But that was still not enough to get Colin Montgomerie into the final round, the Scot finishing double-bogey, bogey at Carnoustie to miss out by two shots. World number eight Ernie Els also missed out after a 76 left him nine-over. Of the 10 Ryder Cup players competing – only Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter were absent – only Henrik Stenson and Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the cut, Jimenez retiring hurt midway through his third round. Third Round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Par 72) -6: Martin Kaymer 65 72 73, Jarmo Sandelin 66 72 72 -5: Magnus Carlsson 70 68 73 -4: Padraig Harrington 67 71 74, Markus Brier 66 70 76, Thongchai Jaidee 69 71 72 -3: John Bickerton 71 72 70, Robert Karlsson 67 70 76, Ross Fisher 64 76 73, Anthony Wall 66 76 71, Jose-Filipe Lima 67 71 75 -2: Peter Lawrie 70 71 73, Lee Westwood 68 70 76, Soren Hansen 64 73 77, Paul Casey 72 70 72, Marc Warren 66 73 75, Marcus Fraser (Australia) 66 77 71 -1: Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 68 70 77, Charl Schwartzel 68 72 75, Gary Orr 66 72 77, Raphael Jacquelin 68 70 77, Jamie Donaldson 70 70 75, Rory McIlroy 68 69 78 Also: +4: Matthew Millar (Australia) 72 77 71 +5: Greg Chalmers (Australia) 70 75 76, Peter Fowler (Australia) 68 76 77 +6: Richard Green (Australia) 72 75 75, Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 68 74 80 +11: Steven Jeffress (Australia) 72 76 79 +12: Adam Bland (Australia) 75 79 74 +13: James Nitties (Australia) 69 80 80 +14: Won Joon Lee (Australia) 68 82 80, Peter O Malley (Australia) 72 78 80, Scott Strange (Australia) 72 77 81 +15: Unho Park (Australia) 77 79 75 +16: Ewan Porter (Australia) 75 77 80, Kane Webber (Australia) 75 74 83 +18: Scott Barr (Australia) 73 78 83 +19: Steven Bowditch (Australia) 77 80 79 +27: Gary Simpson (Australia) 76 84 83