Date: October 07, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Grace well-placed for Alfred Dunhill win

Branden Grace will take a four-shot lead into the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after another impressive showing on Saturday. The 24-year-old South African carded a three-under par 69 at Carnoustie the most difficult of the three Scottish courses used for the event to move to 20 under for the tournament, four strokes clear of Denmark&aposs Thorbjorn Olesen, who shot a four-under 68 at Kingsbarns. Swedish duo Alexander Noren and Fredrik Andersson Hed are tied for third on 15 under, with Scotland&aposs Stephen Gallacher and Swede Joel Sjoholm a shot further back on 14 under the card. Thailand&aposs Thongchai Jaidee and Englishman Danny Willett are seven strokes off the pace on 13 under, with France&aposs Raphael Jacquelin on 12 under. Ashley Hall was the best of the Australian contingent on 10 under the card, with Brett Rumford on six under the only other Aussie to make the cut. But all eyes were on Grace again, with the Pretoria man handling the tricky conditions at Carnoustie better than most have this week, and he said he is looking forward to his final round at St Andrews. “I didn&apost play particularly well,” Grace said. “There were loose shots here and there, but this course mentally does it to you. “I kept fighting, got it around and finishing with a birdie is a bonus. “I&aposve dreamt of picking any trophy up on that bridge on the 18th (at St Andrews), so maybe this time tomorrow it happens.”