Golf: Amateur Dunlap shows how it should be done


Nick Dunlap, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Alabama, is on track to rewrite the record books in the American PGA golf series.

Dunlap finished the third round of the American Express Tournament played at the La Quinta Country Club in California in 60 strokes.

He walks at 189 (-27) by three strokes ahead of compatriot Sam Burns (192, -24), with Justin Thomas third at 193 (-23).

Dunlap, who won the American amateur title last year, will become the first amateur in 33 years to win a tournament in the American PGA series if he can build on his incredible level of play.

His third round of 60 shots, which included 10 birdies and an eagle, is also the best by an amateur since Patrick Cantlay achieved it in 2011 at TPC River Highlands.

Only seven amateurs have won a tournament in the PGA series since 1945 and only four since 1950.

The last amateur to do it was Phil Mickelson, who won the Tucson Open in 1991 as a 20-year-old.

Among the South Africans, Christiaan Bezuidenhout is firmly in fourth place at 195 (-21).

Bezuidenhout completed rounds of 63, 67 and 65 shots on his scorecard.

Erik van Rooyen (202, -14) also bulged his muscles.

* On the Emirates course in Dubai, the American Cameron Young is two shots ahead of the Northern Irish Rory McIlroy and Adrian Meronk of Poland after the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic tournament.

Young finished at 202 strokes (-14) in the clubhouse.

McIlroy, who shot 63 in the third round, finished 10 shots behind Young in the third round.

The Dane Rasmus Hojgaard and Haoton Li from China are together fourth on 207 (-9).

South Africa’s Zander Lombard and Hennie du Plessis are joint on 213 (-3), with Louis de Jager on 214 (-2).

They are followed by MJ Daffue and Dylan Frittelli (both 215) and Casey Jarvis and Jayden Schaper (both 217).

* In the US LPGA’s Women’s Tournament of Champions played at Lake Nona Country Club in Florida, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is two shots ahead of America’s Alexa Pano (206, -10) at 204 (-12). .

Another American, Ally Ewing, is third (208, -8), followed by Ayaka Furue from Japan, Gemma Dryburgh from Scotland and Gaby Lopez (Mexico), who are all on 209 strokes (-7).

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai is 15th at 213 (-3) after recording 71 shots in the third round.

Source: The Golf Channel