Cameron Younger sits second after a third-round 66 and Jon Rahm jumped to 3rd with a bogey-free 63; Rory McIlroy’s hopes of a fifth main victory undergo a setback after a two-under 69 leaves him 9 behind; Watch the ultimate spherical stay on Sunday from 8am on Sky Sports activities Golf
By Ali Stafford at Royal Liverpool
Final Up to date: 22/07/23 8:09pm
Brian Harman bounced again from a gradual begin to take a commanding five-shot lead into the ultimate spherical of The 151st Open and transfer an enormous step nearer to a maiden main title.
Harman noticed his five-stroke in a single day lead briefly drop to 2 photographs after two bogeys in his opening 4 holes at a wet Royal Liverpool, solely to reply brilliantly to register 4 birdies and play the remainder of his spherical blemish-free to card a two-under 69.
The world No 26 heads into the ultimate spherical on 12 beneath and with an enormous cushion over final 12 months’s runner-up Cameron Younger, who posted a second-round 66, whereas Masters champion Jon Rahm charged into third spot after a surprising bogey-free 63.
Tommy Fleetwood needed to accept a level-par 71, leaving him within the group of 5 gamers in tied-fourth, whereas Rory McIlroy’s hopes of an elusive first main victory since 2014 pale after a two-under 69 saved him 9 strokes again.
Harman holds agency at Hoylake
Harman’s benefit had been lower to 4 earlier than he had even begun his third spherical, as Rahm birdied seven of his final 10 holes to put up the bottom Open spherical ever at Royal Liverpool and transfer to 6 beneath.
Harman bogeyed the primary after a poor strategy noticed him miss the opening inexperienced, as Fleetwood rolled in from 10 ft to birdie the second and moved inside two of the lead when his enjoying associate dropped one other shot on the fourth.
The in a single day chief responded with a long-range two-putt birdie on the fifth, the place Fleetwood did not match it from seven ft, whereas Jason Day – two teams forward – moved right into a share of second when he holed from off the inexperienced to birdie the ninth and switch in 32.
Harman holed from six ft to save lots of par on the seventh and made a close-range birdie on the par-three ninth after a surprising tee shot, placing him 4 clear, as Fleetwood fell 5 behind after failing to stand up and down from a greenside bunker on the tenth.
Again-to-back birdies from the Eleventh pulled Harman six away from the chasing pack, whereas Younger rolled in from 15 ft on the fifteenth and responded to a missed probability from six ft on the seventeenth to reap the benefits of the par-five final and bounce to seven beneath.
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Harman safely negotiated the closing stretch and scrambled an unlikely par on the final after being compelled to gouge out of thick tough down the left fairway, with the 36-year-old lacking the inexperienced together with his third shot however holing from eight ft to stay at 12 beneath.
Younger birdied the 2 closing par-fives to maneuver to seven beneath and guarantee a final-round pairing with Harman.
Who else is within the chasing pack?
Fleetwood completed with eight consecutive pars to stay on 5 beneath alongside Day, Viktor Hovland and European Ryder Cup hopefuls Antoine Rozner and Sepp Straka – who carded rounds of 67 and 70 respectively.
Alex Fitzpatrick – brother of former US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick – jumped inside the highest 10 due to a six-under 65, whereas McIlroy’s hopes of a second successive win at Royal Liverpool suffered a setback after he was unable to construct on his quick begin.
McIlroy birdied three of his first 5 holes earlier than failing so as to add one other all through the rest of his spherical, with the Northern Irishman declining to talk to the media after falling again into the group on tied-Eleventh.
Defending champion Cameron Smith posted a three-under 68 to maneuver again beneath par for the event, whereas world No 1 Scottie Scheffler’s run of seven consecutive top-five finishes on the PGA Tour seems to be over after a one-over 72 dropped him right down to tied-63rd.
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