Hoey builds three-shot lead at Dunhill Links

Michael Hoey

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Michael Hoey moved closer to giving Northern Ireland another big golf victory, taking a three-shot lead Saturday after three rounds of the Dunhill Links Championship.

Hoey built on the second-round lead he shared with England's Tommy Fleetwood. He shot a 6-under 66 at Carnoustie that put him at 18-under 198 in the $5 million tournament.

Northern Irishmen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy – winners of the last two U.S. Opens – were in pursuit. McDowell had a third straight 67 and is in second place at 15 under.

Louis Oosthuizen shot a 69 and is another stroke behind. McIlroy had a 66 and is among those at 13 under with top-ranked Luke Donald and Simon Dyson.

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