ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Michael Hoey shot a third consecutive 6-under-par 66 and leads the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championships after Saturday's third-round play.
Hoey, who played Carnoustie Saturday turned in his third consecutive 66 to go 18-under par with a tournament-record 54-hole score of 198. He turned in a 66 Thursday at the Old Course at St. Andrews and matched that score Friday at Kingsbarns.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championships is played on three courses with each golfer playing the Old Course, Kingsbarns or Carnoustie over the first three rounds. The tournament wraps up Sunday on the Old Course.
Hoey, who is seeking his third European Tour title, leads Graeme McDowell, who finished the day alone in second place at 15-under. Second-round co-leader Tommy Fleetwood faded with a 71and dropped into a tie for fourth.
Hoey, who started on the back nine of Carnoustie Saturday, sank an eagle putt on the 14th hole and was 19-under during his final nine holes but bogeyed the eighth.