Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Matthew Southgate aims to keep his cool

Matthew Southgate
Mathew Southgate takes a share of the lead into the final day of the Dunhill Links Championship
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns (third round)
-20 M Southgate (Eng), V Perez (Fra); -18 P Waring (Eng); -17 T Finau (USA), J Lagergren (Swe); -16 J Smith (Eng), L Donald (Eng), A Pavan (Ita); -15 M Jordan (Eng), C Hill (Sco), W Jeung-Hun (Kor), L Bjerregaard (Den), T Hatton (Eng).
Selected others: -14 R Knox (Sco); -13 R MacIntyre (Sco); -11 T Fleetwood (Eng); -10 R McIlroy (N Ire); -9 S Jamieson (Sco), M Pavon (Fra).
Leaderboard

Matthew Southgate says staying "in check" will be the big task as he takes a share of lead into the last round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The 30-year-old is joined by Dundee-based Frenchman Victor Perez on 20 under par after Saturday's round of 65 at St Andrews.

"It's pretty special stuff tee to green and sticking to the plan," he said.

Fellow Englishman Paul Warring is 18 under, a shot clear of American Tony Finau and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren.

Southgate added: "I'm so passionate about winning tournaments and being here at the home of golf tomorrow [Sunday] is going to be a difficult one to just keep myself in check and keep producing what I have done the first three days.

"The biggest job tomorrow is going to be keeping me in check rather than the golf swing."

Southgate made birdies on the 10th, 13th, 17th, 18th, first, fifth and sixth and drove the par four ninth for another gain, with his only blemish coming at the 14th.

Perez shot nine birdies and a bogey in a 64 at Kingsbarns, while Waring carded a 65 at Carnoustie.

English pair Luke Donald and Jordan Smith are at 16 under, with countrymen Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Jordan, while Scot Calum Hill is a further shot back.

Northern Ireland's world number two Rory McIlroy is tied for 40th after a round of 70 left him 10 under par.

Each golfer has now played 18 holes at the three courses, with the 60 players to make the cut return to the Old Course for the final round of the pro-am event on Sunday.

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