Open 2022 LIVE: Rory McIlroy leads, final round leaderboard and scores

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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.”

Follow for live updates from the Open and the latest Leaderboard at St Andrews, below:

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The Open 2022

Rory McIlroy’s birdie putt is agonizingly short of pace, he stays at -17 and two clear.

Could that have been the chance to close the door?

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Smith’s birdie putt on five is dead weight, tap-in par. -14 and two back.

Fleetwood (-12) is on the charge, but his birdie putt on eight is just off.

Young with a crucial par putt is six to stay with Smith at -14.

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Hovland can’t follow McIlroy in for birdie, so he sits at -15, two behind McIlroy at -17.

The Norwegian will be looking over his shoulder too, Smith and Young have got to -14 and fancy a run at McIlroy.

Young from the thick rough is six too, this one can’t check and he joins Smith at the back of the green hoping to make par.

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A big, snaking 50-footer for eagle for Smith, leaves himself about eight feet.

A chance to move to within two of McIlroy and one of Hovland.

McIlroy to -17 with birdie on five, a big step. Smith from thick rough on six, could this slow his push after reaching -14, it lands with a thud on the green and chases to about 30 feet, solid..

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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 at -16.

Smith (-13) is 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.

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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. They remain at -11.

McIlroy with the same putt that Young made on four, but he slides by, just a par. Still tied at the top is -16.

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The Open 2022: Cameron Young makes his move

Majestic from Spieth is 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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