Friday, 19 March 2010
Celtic Manor Wales Open - Round Three  (Getty Images)
Celtic Manor Wales Open - Round Three (Getty Images)
Jeppe Huldahl and Michael Hoey continued their good form on The European Tour this season as they entered a share of the lead at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard.
Huldahl, who captured his maiden title on The European Tour in June with a splendid victory in The 2009 Celtic Manor Wales Open, reached the turn at Kingsbarns in four under and then added further birdies on the 11th and 12th.
Hoey, himself a winner this season after capturing the Estoril Open de Portugal title in April and also playing at Kingsbarns, eagled the 558 yard ninth to turn in a superb 31, adding a further birdie at the tenth to share the lead on six under.
The pair were one ahead of Richie Ramsay, the Scot reaching five under par at Carnoustie after negotiating 15 holes.
Ramsay, a late entrant due to Paul Casey’s forced withdrawal with a rib injury, carded back to back birdies at the 14th and 15th as well as holing a great par putt on the 16th green.
A shot further back on four under was a group including Thomas Björn, Darren Clarke, Chih-bing Lam and Raphaël Jacquelin.
Clarke eagled the 504 yard 12th at Carnoustie and was two ahead of playing partner Lee Westwood, who, like Rory McIlroy and Ross Fisher, can go top of the standings in The Race to Dubai this weekend in the absence not only of Casey but also current leader Martin Kaymer.
Lam, who birdied his first three holes after starting The Old Course at St Andrews at the tenth, recovered from a bogey at the par four 16th to record two further birdies at the 18th and third holes respectively.

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