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Warne On Track For Dunhill Win

Spin King Shane Warne has contributed plenty to the team effort as he and Ryan Fox try to capture the Dunhill Links in Scotland (Photo: Getty Images)
There won’t be an Australian collecting the winner’s cheque at the Dunhill Links in Scotland but there could still be green and gold on the podium come Sunday night.

Cricket legend Shane Warne and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox are just two shots off the pace in the pro-am section of the tournament after an impressive 64 at Kingsbarns overnight.

Fox has missed the cut in the professional event courtesy of a 3-over 75 but contributed three birdies to the team score Saturday.

Warne did the rest with five nett gains to put the team 26-under and just two behind outright leaders Gregory Bourdy and Aidan Heavey.

Three teams are at 27-under with Warne and Fox part of a three-way tie for fifth.

The stars of the day after Thursday’s opening round, Fox and Warne have combined well as a team to be in with a chance.

Posting on his Instagram account before the third round Warne said the goal for the day was to reach 25-under, the pair eventually going one better.

"Great 4 ball for our round at #Kingsbarnes !!!!!, he wrote. "-25 the goal."

In the tournament proper defending champion Tyrrell Hatton is on track to become the first golfer to win the tournament back to back after opening a five shot lead with a second consecutive 65.

The Englishman was sublime in his 7-under round at Carnoustie yesterday and bogey free again at Kingsbarns on day three to reach 18-under.

Hatton knows the tournament is his to win or lose but is taking the pressure in his stride ahead of the final round at the Old Course at St Andrews.

"It's great to be back and I'm enjoying my first defence,” he said after his round.

"Last year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job. Made myself very difficult to catch, hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.

"I'll certainly try my best to do that. That's all anyone can ever do is try their best and I'll certainly do that.

"To win at the home of golf once is incredible but to do it again and defend would be a dream come true."

France’s Gregory Bourdy signed for a 6-under 66 at Carnoustie and is two ahead of Ireland’s Paul Dunne who is third on his own.

Former World Number One Rory McIlroy played his best golf of the week on day three to sneak into the final round, making the 54-hole cut on the number.

However, he won’t be teeing up with his Dad Gerry Sunday as the team wasn’t among the top 20 through three rounds.

Rhein Gibson, Matthew Giles and Jason Scrivener were the only Australians to make the cut, Gibson and Giles sharing 30th at 6-under with Scrivener two shots further back and T54.

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Rod Morri
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Rod is an award-winning golf journalist with more than 20 years experience and has covered everything from major tournaments to junior golf at the local level. Rod began his life in the media as a daily news reporter for News Limited in Sydney.

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