Olesen leads Alfred Dunhill Links, Holmes replaces Furyk at Presidents Cup

Race to Dubai heats up

Race to Dubai heats up

Third Round update — European Tour — Alfred Dunhill Links Championship — Multiple Courses — Scotland, United Kingdom — 

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen shot 7-under at the Old Course at St. Andrews to reach 17-under overall through 54 holes at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

For the moment, he has the lead with several players will finishing up third-round play.

Olesen, who sits 155th in the Official World Golf Rankings, needs a strong finish to push his way into the Final Series for the Race to Dubai. He entered the week 124th in the Race to Dubai — a season-long points race on the European Tour.

Solid putting earned Olesen the lead through three rounds — the event is also played europeantourlogo15on Kingsbarn and Carnoustie. Sunday’s final round will be hosted at the Old Course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (12-under and T-4 at the moment) is in the mix. He is 16th in the Race to Dubai standings with two victories this season including the Shenzhen International in China last April and the match play event in Scotland in early August.

Brooks Koepka current official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka current official PGA TOUR headshot.
(Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Brooks Koepka

American Chris Stroud is also T-4 with several holes to complete his third round action.

Branden Grace, one of the favorites heading into this week, is 11-under through 54 holes. At 22nd in the world rankings, Grace entered the week 5th in the Race to Dubai Standings with a pair of victories earlier in the season.

Ernie Els, Brooks Koepka and Bradley Dredge are also in the Top 10 at the moment with a shot to make a run Sunday for the victory.

Other Golf News:

  • Jim Furyk has been replaced by J.B. Holmes on the U.S. Presidents Cup squad for next week’s competition. Furyk, battled a sore wrist, said “not enough time to heal” but he will serve as an assistant captain. For Holmes, this is a great opportunity to make himself a regular in U.S. team competitions. He won the Shell Houston Open earlier this year and recorded seven Top 10s including a pair of runner-up efforts.
  • Jordan Spieth was officially named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. He received the honor in one of the best seasons on record including five PGA Tour PGA TOURvictories and 15 Top 10s. He became the second youngest to win the honor behind Tiger Woods (1997).
  • Emilano Grillo (10-under) leads 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover by a shot through 36 holes at the Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Grillo, the 23 year old who is from Argentina but lives in Florida, posted 64 in round two to secure the lead. He is 85th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • Dan Berger’s 9th place finish in the FedEx Cup Standings — thanks to a runner-up the BMW Championship and six other Top 10s this season — was honored at PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old was the only rookie to make it to the TOUR Championship.