Europe's Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd on his way to the 3rd green during the singles match on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Peter Morrison
October 04, 2014
Europe's Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd on his way to the 3rd green during the singles match on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Peter Morrison

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Oliver Wilson of England closed in on a maiden European Tour title when he moved three strokes clear of the field in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Saturday.

Wilson, playing with an invite as he lost full playing rights on tour in 2011, shot a 7-under-par 65 on the Old Course at St. Andrews to tally 15-under 201.

On his tail at 12 under were four players: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy (64), England's Tommy Fleetwood (62), and the French pair of Raphael Jacquelin (69) and Alexander Levy (68).

Heavy overnight rain caused an hour's delay to the start of play, and officials adopted the preferred lie rule, meaning Fleetwood's 10-under 62 wasn't counted as tying the Old Course record.

Before he lost his card, Wilson, a 2008 Ryder Cup player, was runner-up nine times on tour, including here in 2009.

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