Richard Mansell (5/6 Outright) moved four shots clear at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a five-under 67 in his third round at Carnoustie.

The Englishman increased his overnight lead by two shots and is now on 15-under-par and in a great position to win his first-ever DP World Tour title on Sunday when the field all play St Andrews after rotating around Carnoustie, the Old Course at St Andrews and Kingsbarns this week before the 54-hole cut.

Three players share second place after Saturday’s action, another Englishman Daniel Gavins (12/1 – Outright), New Zealand’s Ryan Fox (13/2) and Sweden’s Alex Noren (11/2), who are all on 11-under.

Danish player Niklas Norgaard Moller (20/1) and Frenchman Antoine Rozner (16/1) are both a further shot back on -10, one ahead of England’s Callum Shinkwin (30/1), who is on his own in seventh place after the third round on -9.

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Dane Rasmus Hojgaard (40/1) and Finnish player Tapio Pulkannen (80/1) are both T8 on eight under, while South African Oliver Bekker (150/1) and world number two Rory McIlroy (35/1) are among nine players tied for 10th on -7.

Bekker was on 11-under before an unwelcome quadruple bogey at the 18th at Kingsbarns while McIlroy admitted afterwards he still feels he has an outside chance of winning the tournament if he can capitalise on what he hopes will be favourable conditions on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman said: “The rain yesterday softened the course up so even though it was windy out there the ball was stopping roughly where it landed and that made it quite scoreable.

“I find it hard to see how someone doesn’t go out there and shoot at least a couple under. It’s as easy as it can be right now.

“If I could shoot eight under [on Sunday] you’d have to make Mansell shoot under par so that’s a target.”

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