Donald edges out McIlroy

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Luke Donald has taken the lead at the Dunhill Links by matching his lowest round on the European Tour.

Luke Donald gave himself the chance of ending a winless drought of more than three years when he matched the lowest round of his European Tour career in Sunday’s delayed third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Donald followed a 65 at St Andrews with an eight-under-par 64 at Kingsbarns and heads back to the home of golf for Monday’s final round with a one-stroke lead over Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and England’s Simon Dyson.
The tournament, which has a first prize of more than £485,000, goes into an extra day because no play was possible yesterday because of gale-force winds.
Donald, just inside the top 100 after his opening 72 at Carnoustie, has a Scottish father and donned a pair of Tartan trousers for the day.
“I’m glad I played well because you have to when you wear something as outrageous as this,” said the 29-year-old US-based Englishman.
“I thought five or six birdies would be good but I went a few better.”
He had nine in all and was particularly pleased with those on the 16th and 17th. He had gone in the water to bogey the short 15th but pitched to eight feet on the next and then, despite his drive finishing in a divot, hit a seven iron to 12 feet.
His last victory was the Honda Classic in Florida in March 2006 and his last success in Europe came more than five years ago.

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