ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Peter Uihlein holed his second shot for an eagle on the 18th hole Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
After settling for 60 at Kingsbarns when he missed an eagle putt on the final hole, the American managed a more spectacular finish on the Old Course at St. Andrews when his 47-yard wedge shot on the 18th found the bottom of the cup. That gave him a 7-under 65 and a 20-under 196 total.
“I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with my second shot but it worked out well,” said Uihlein, the former Oklahoma State player who won the Madeira Islands Open in May. “When I saw it go in, it was pretty sweet and a nice way to sign off.”
Martin Kaymer and David Howell shot 63, and Ernie Els had a 64, all at St. Andrews to join Joost Luiten, Shane Lowry and Richard McEvoy at 18 under. Luiten had a 68 at St. Andrews, Lowry shot 64 at Carnoustie, and Richard McEvoy had a 67 at Kingsbarns.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Scott Gardiner of Australia had a 5-under 65 and wound up with the lead in the Web.com Tour Championship when Chesson Hadley stumbled at the end.
Gardiner has played well enough in this four-tournament series that determines PGA Tour cards that he already has locked up his return to the big leagues. A win in the final event would give him top status for the 2013-14 season and a spot in The Players Championship.
Hadley, who also has secured his card through Web.com Tour regular-season money list, had a two-shot lead for most of the third round on the Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass. But he bogeyed the 17th, and then took double bogey on the last hole for a 70 that left him one shot behind with Joe Durant (68).
Gardiner was at 10-under 200.
The Web.com Tour Finals replaces the old version of Q-school, which finished with a six-round tournament. The top 25 from the Web.com Tour regular season are assured their PGA Tour cards, leaving 25 additional cards based on a special money list from the four tournaments. Durant was among a dozen or so players who go into the final round with a shot at getting one of those 25 cards.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Lorie Kane shot a 2-under 70 in tricky wind conditions for a share of the lead with Laurie Rinker in the Legends Championship.
Rinker had a 73 to match Kane at 3-under 141 with one round left in the Legends Tour event at French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course. Val Skinner was a shot back after a 70.
The winner will receive $75,000 in the $500,000 tournament.