Richard Mansell extends to four-stroke lead at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

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Richard MansellHis lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was doubled when he shot 5-under 67 at Carnoustie during the third round.

The No. Mansell, ranked 218th in the world, was on track for his first European tour win as the Englishman headed back to St. Andrews to play the final round of the event. The event was played over three of Scotland’s most famous courses: Carnoustie (Kingbarns), and the Old Course, the home of golf.

Mansell shot 4-under 68 at Old Course on Friday. He also shone again on a bright, breezy day just half an hour up the road, posting six birdies to reach 15-under 201.

Mansell, who finished in the top five this year, said that Ive been a lot in contention this year and had chances to win on Sundays. Every time you lose, you learn, says Mansell. This is what I feel I have done very well this year.

Tomorrow, theres a lot more golf. Its links golf, everything can happen. Its St. Andrews. You can shoot 60. Right now, Im just very focused on myself. Im going try to shoot a high score and see where it takes me. Do not worry about others.

Three players are tied for second: A fellow Englishman Daniel Gavins, Swedens Alex NorenNew Zealands Ryan Fox.

Noren, who played at St. Andrews, was awarded a 69 after making five birdies, and two bogeys. Gavins (67), and Fox (65) had strong finishes at Kingsbarns to get in the mix.

Rory McIlroyHe has a big task ahead of him, lying eight shots back from his 66 at St. Andrews.

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