Els, Kaymer chasing Uihlein at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Third Round – European Tour – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – Multiple Courses – Scotland –

American Peter Uihlein – a European Tour member – leads the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship through 54 holes at 20-under after following up his second-round 60 with a round three 7-under-65.

Uihlein, 100th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is two shots ahead of a half dozen players including former PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, Hall of Famer Ernie Els and Joost Luiten, who has two European Tour victories in 2013 including the KLM Open two weeks ago.

Uilhlein was a 40-to-1 selection at heading into the week, while Kaymer – who shot 63 Saturday at St. Andrews – was a co-favorite at 20-2. Luiten was 25-1 alongside Els.

Els, 22nd in the world rankings, looks rested after being eliminated two weeks ago in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He is 9th in the Race To Dubai standings heading into the Scotland.

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