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
McIlroy misses from just six feet, a chance escapes. Still tied at the top is -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 of 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
The Open 2022
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 the 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 is 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 is 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
The Open 2022: Cam Smith and Cam Young underway
Cam Smith looking to bounce back after a disappointing third round, it’s a tough task, but four back, he is trying to become the first Australian player to win The Open since Greg Norman in 1993.
While the last Aussie to win an Open here at St Andrews was Kel Nagle in 1960.
Jack Rathborn17 July 2022 14:47
The Open 2022: Fleetwood starts with a birdie
Fleetwood gets off to a flier. A birdie at the first sees the Englishman move to -10. His playing partner Johnson stays at that mark as his birdie putt pulls up no more than a couple of inches short of the hole.
Tom Kershaw17 July 2022 14:30
The Open 2022: Spieth birdies the second
Jordan Spieth would have to produce a hell of a round to force himself into contention, but he’s made a fine start at least, with a birdie at the second taking him to -9.
Tom Kershaw17 July 2022 14:24