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Donald primed for Dunhill comeback victory

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  • Luke Donald cards eight-under 64 to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
  • Simon Dyson and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy trail by one stroke
  • Final round of European Tour event at St Andrews on Monday
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(CNN) -- Luke Donald holds a one-stroke lead over fellow Englishman Simon Dyson and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews on Monday.

Donald acknowledges another birdie during his superb round at Kingsbarns.

Donald acknowledges another birdie during his superb round at Kingsbarns.

The Ryder Cup star carded an eight-under 64 at Kingsbarns on Sunday for a 15-under total of 201 after three rounds.

Overnight leader McIlroy shot a three-under 69 at Kingsbarns with Dyson carding one better on the same course to join him at 14-under.

One shot further back are Michael Hoey, who went round St Andrews in two under, fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke, Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Scotland's Richie Ramsay -- who carded 67, 65 and 70 at Kingsbarns.

The tournament rotates around the three courses of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, with the final round at the home of golf.

Gale force winds on Saturday caused the European Tour tournament, which has a first prize of $800,000, to stretch into an extra day.

Donald has not won in three and a half years, mostly campaigning on the PGA Tour with occasional forays in Europe.

A serious wrist injury ruled him out of last year's Ryder Cup in Kentucky and he has slowly been working his way back to his best this season.

He started fast with three birdies in the first four holes, He dropped a shot at the 15th but carded six more birdies for a superb round.

"I gave myself a lot of chances from ten, 15 feet and just really rolled the ball nicely today," he told the official Tour Web site www.europeantour.com.

"This is a great tournament for the European Tour, and around the world, and it's got a great field. It's been a while since I've won, so hopefully I can get back in that winning circle."

McIlroy, who has his father Gerry for company in the pro-am event, came home strongly in 33 as he bids for a second title to underline his immense promise and back up his challenge to be European number one this season.

"I'll have to play very well to win," he said. "It's a very congested leaderboard and I'm sure someone will come out and shoot a 66 out of that pack. I'll have to play very well and just try and keep my nose in front."

The highlight of Dyson's round was an eagle at the par-four sixth and he is relishing the opportunity of the biggest win of his career.

"It would be very special. This is one of, if not, the biggest tournament on our calendar. So it will be an interesting day."

Amongst the amateurs, South African Robert Hersov carded a hole in one on the 157 yard eighth hole - his 17th hole of the day - at Carnoustie, but failed to make the cut for the final day.

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