Danny Willett (11/8 Fav Outright) will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after making the most of the tough weather conditions on the Old Course at St Andrews on Saturday.

The 2016 Masters champions carded a bogey-free score of 66 in his third round to move onto 14-under-par for the tournament and he looks well placed to secure his eighth European Tour title and first since triumphing at the 2019 BMW PGA Championship.

Willett had to call upon all his links experience during his third round, as he started the day playing in pleasant sunshine, but ended it in torrential rain and high winds.

The world number 170 made the most of those favourable conditions early on, reaching the turn in 33, but even more impressive was the way he handled the worst of the weather, as he completed his back nine in the same score.

Speaking following the conclusion of his third round, Willett told reporters: “Early on we had a decent bit of wind. Downwind you always feel like you should take some of your chances.

“You need to drive it close and as soon as you get on the 12th tee you know you’ve got pretty tough conditions coming straight into the wind on them last six holes.

“But we played them in two under so we’re gaining – really hit it good on them the last six and gained a lot of shots coming in doing that.”

With similarly tough conditions forecast for Sunday, Willett knows he still has plenty of work to do to close out the victory, which will give him double reason to celebrate, as he will also be turning 34.

He added: “Another 18 holes to go and we will see where we are at.”

Overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton (4/1 Outright) is one of four players behind Willett in a tie for second, with the two-time Alfred Dunhill Links winner being joined on 11-under by Ryder Cup team-mate Shane Lowry (4/1), fellow Englishman Richard Bland (9/1) and Ireland’s John Murphy (25/1).

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