Was This Tiger Woods’s Final Trip To St. Andrews?
Rory McIlroy has the chance to end his eight-year major drought and capture golf’s “holy grail” as he takes a share of the lead into the final round of the Open Championship at St Andrews. McIlroy is joined at the top of the Open leaderboard by Viktor Hovland after the pair shared a thrilling battle on Saturday, with both players shooting rounds of 66 to move four shots clear of the chasing pack.
McIlroy and Hovland will again head out together, this time in the final group, but in front of them is a large group of star players who will look to put the pressure on. Australia’s Cameron Smith, who led into the weekend, is four shots back alongside Cameron Young – with world No 1 Scottie Scheffler and former Masters champion Dustin Johnson also in contention.
England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood will also hope to give chase, but the focus will be on McIlroy as he looks to win his fifth major title and add to his previous Open Championship from 2014. It doesn’t get bigger than winning the Open at St Andrews, though, especially on the 150th year of the Championship. “I’ve got myself in a great position after three days,” McIlroy said. “I finished off enough golf tournaments in my time to feel like I know what to do.”
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The Open 2022: Viktor Hovland makes bogey, hands Rory McIlroy lead
It’s a bogey for Hovland, he three-putts to slip to -15. McIlroy leads outright on -16.
Smith (-13) on five from the whispy rough, leaves himself a big 30-footer for eagle. Make it? He’d only be one behind McIlroy.
Adam Scott makes birdie, he’s up to -12 with Spieth and DJ.
That’s a horrible spot for Hovland down a mount and in the rough on five. McIlroy just off the fairway, he’s OK.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:42
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It’s 78.5 feet for Hovland on four, the enormous putt can only be cut down to 10 feet, a tester for par coming up.
Schauffele for birdie on 16, it stays out left. He remains at -11.
McIlroy with the same putt that Young made on four, but he slides by, just a par. Still tied at the top on -16.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:38
The Open 2022: Cameron Young makes his move
Majestic from Spieth on seven, perfect distance and it rolls to four feet. He’ll move to -12.
That’s ideal pace from Smith on four from about 20 feet, tap-in par. Still -13 and three back.
Young wants birdie on four, down the hill, left to right, it’s brilliant, back-to-back birdie and up to -13.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:33
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McIlroy misses from just six feet, a chance escapes. Still tied at the top on -16.
Meanwhile, Cam Smith, from 166 yards on four, narrowly escapes the bunker but will be about 20 feet from the flag.
DJ up on five, the eagle putt is wide, but he can convert for birdie from close range to get up to -12.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:28
The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy with birdie chance to take outright lead
Schauffele with a brilliant 221-yard shot on 14, it cuts the 614-yard par five in half and just a couple feet for his eagle. He’s now at -11, -6 today.
Hovland can only par the third, McIlroy staring at birdie and a one-shot lead.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:23
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Good bounceback from Young, birdie at three takes him back to where he started and -12.
Filippo Celli is about to win the Silver Medal, the Italian amateur follows in the footsteps of Matteo Manassero, who won the prestigious award for amateur players at the Open Championship in 2009.
An eagle putt is narrowly wide, he’ll tap in for birdie to end a sensational Open, posting -5.
Celli beats out Aaron Jarvis, who came home earlier on +1.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:17
The Open 2022: Cam Smith closes gap on Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland
It’s a birdie for Smith, he closes the gap to three shots at -13 and sits two clear of the big group in fourth.
Spieth for eagle on five, so close, but an easy birdie coming up to move to -11.
Hatton is heating up out there, -4 through seven and -11 overall.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:10
The Open 2022: Cam Smith eyes birdie at two
Cam Smith with a gorgeous iron shot on two, it flirts with the hole and comes to a standstill three feet beyond.
McIlroy and Hovland can’t make birdie on one, to the delight of the chasing pack.
McIlroy blasts a drive on two, perfect. Hovland matches him, a little fade, but he’s some way behind his co-leader.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 15:04
The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland set up birdie chances on first
Scheffler’s birdie try on two is no good, still -11.
Young with a four-footer for par that won’t turn back after starting half a ball’s width out left. A bogey takes him to -11 and a tie for fourth with six others.
Hovland to within eight feet on one, McIlroy has 10 feet or so, both good looks for birdie to kick things off.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 14:59
The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy begins final round
Rory McIlroy with huge cheers on the first. Incredible atmosphere.
The Northern Irishman blasts an iron down the fairway and he’s off in pursuit of major No 5.
Viktor Hovland almost clips McIlroy’s ball with his tee shot, it runs about five feet past.
A chance for McIlroy to put the pressure on perhaps?
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 14:52
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