Lowry just two off lead after equalling course record at Carnoustie
Bogey on 18 costs Irish golfer as Peter Uihlein leads by two
Shane Lowry hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The Offaly golfer signed for a record-equalling 64 at the toughest of the three links courses in use for the tournament to move to 18 under and a tie for second place going in to the final round at St Andrews.
Lowry, who holed out with a five iron from 225 yards for an eagle two on the 17th, was playing with Australian Richard Green – who happens to own a share of the course record at Carnoustie.
“I didn’t know what the record was but Richard told me in the scorers’ hut afterwards,” Lowry said. “But any score under par at Carnoustie is usually good so I am delighted with eight under.
“I knew I needed a good score to have any chance and didn’t think I was going to shoot 64. I didn’t see the eagle go in but my dad was watching and he let me know pretty quickly!”
American Peter Uihlein leads the way on 20 under after a 65at St Andrews .
Twenty-four hours after needing an eagle on the last hole to shoot an historic 59, Uihlein produced one at St Andrews to claim a two-shot lead.
Uihlein narrowly missed his eagle putt on the ninth at Kingsbarns on Friday and had to settle for recording the 17th round of 60 in European Tour history, but the American finished his round on the Old Course in stunning style.
The 24-year-old’s pitch from 47 yards plunged straight into the hole for an eagle two to complete a 65.
Uihlein was only one under after an opening 71 at Carnoustie but has played his last 36 holes in 19 under, eclipsing the previous record of 18 under set by Thomas Aiken at Leopard Creek in 2009.
England’s Paul Casey also equalled the course record at St Andrews with a 62, although he was seven off the lead on 13 under.
“It was not quite what I was trying to do but it worked out,” Uihlein said of the final shot on his first competitive round on the Old Course. “I carried it a bit too far but got a bit lucky and it’s pretty sweet, a cool finish and a great way to sign off.