Four lead at Alfred Dunhill Links

Sept. 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Michael Hoey had an eagle 2 on his final hole Thursday to join a first-place tie at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Hoey's 2 at the par-4 18th at St. Andrew's Old Course moved him to 6-under-par 66 and into a tie with Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Markus Brier and Louis Oosthuizen.

The tournament is split over three courses -- the Old Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links and Carnoustie -- for the first three days. The final round is contested at St. Andrews.

Hoey and Brier played St. Andrews Thursday while Cabrera-Bello and Oosthuizen were on Kingsbarns. Marc Warren, one of six players tied at 5-under, had the day's low round at Carnoustie. Two-time defending champion Martin Kaymer is among the 11 players at 4-under.

Hoey opened his round with two birdies and made the turn at 4-under. He had back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 11-12 but answered with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes. The eagle at 18 got him a share of the lead.

Brier had eight birdies only to have a double-bogey 6 at No. 16 pull him back.

Cabrera-Bello got going with an eagle 3 at Kingsbarns' third hole. He added six birdies against one bogey before a bogey at the 18th hole dropped him into the tie for first.

Oosthuizen was 6-under before his long bogey of the day came at the 17th hole. A birdie at 18 put him in the lead.

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