Was this Tiger Woods’ last trip to St Andrews?
Rory McIlroy has a chance to end his eight-year drought and conquer golf’s ‘holy grail’ by taking part of the lead into the final round of the Open Championship at St Andrews. McIlroy is joined by Viktor Hovland at the top of the Open standings after the pair engaged in a thrilling battle on Saturday that saw both players shoot rounds of 66 to move four shots clear of the chasing pack.
McIlroy and Hovland will start out together again, this time in the last group, but ahead of them is a large group of star players who will try to apply the pressure. Australia’s Cameron Smith, who led into the weekend, is four strokes behind alongside Cameron Young – with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and former Masters champion Dustin Johnson also in the running.
England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood will also be hoping to give chase, but the focus will be on McIlroy as he seeks to win his fifth major title and add to his previous Open Championship of 2014. There’s nothing quite like winning the Open at St Andrews however, especially in the 150th year of the championship. “I put myself in a great position after three days,” McIlroy said. “I’ve played enough golf tournaments in my time to feel like I know what to do.”
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Schauffele on four, his birdie putt is agonizingly wide, he stays at -8.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 12:57 p.m
The Open 2022: Jon Rahm suffers setback
That’s a shot for Rahm, a nasty three-putt from 17 feet on three pushes him back to -4.
Finau for Eagle, from 20 ft it almost brushes the right ledge, just not enough right to stay in it, a tap in birdie comes and he’s at -7.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 12:56 p.m
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Finau with a shot from the fairway on the 604-yard 14, blasting it up and onto the green. Eagle putt comes in from about 15 feet to take him to -8, currently he’s -4 for his round.
Sam Burns has the lowest round of the day, 64 taking him to -6 overall.
Rahm, -5, a three beauty, checks up and then crawls down from the top row, impeccable distance control.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 12:49 p.m
Sam Burns ends his Open campaign with a swing to give the chasers hope
American Sam Burns ended the week with four birdies over his last four holes to shoot 64 and give hope to the pack chasing 150th Open Championship leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland.
The 25-year-old, whose round matched Australia’s Cameron Smith’s best performance on Friday, was three down by the turn but failed to play the par 5 in 14th place.
But then he finished with four consecutive threes, including a brilliant approach to the notoriously difficult 17th place finish to get under six for the tournament.
Although this did not challenge the first side of the leaderboard, McIlroy and Hovland were 16 under and were not due to tee off until 2.50pm.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 12:38 p.m
The Open 2022: Lee Westwood aims for fourth straight birdie
Lee Westwood set up another great birdie chance on eight.
He has made four birdies in five holes and three in a row. Could he make another to move to -7?
And that’s a tie for Aaron Jarvis (a) on the last, he’ll finish at +1 for the tournament, another good move for the UNLV student, he’ll be just ahead of Filippo Celli in the fight for the silver medal, The Italian may be struggling at +2 today and -2 for the tournament, but he has a three shot lead.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 12:27 p.m
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Theegala on the 2nd heaves an iron to within one foot of the pin, it kicks and checks, good birdie chance for him to hit -6.
Meanwhile, Jon Rahm (-5) and Victor Perez (-5) both hit their tee shots on the 1st.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 12:15 p.m
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Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 12:05 p.m
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Richard Mansell, who truncated the number at E, is now -4 after driving around with the marker for a lap of 68 yesterday.
He has a birdie attempt on the first to improve his score even further.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 11:58 am
The Open 2022: Justin Thomas on his way to the top 20
Justin Thomas just beat his drive to within a short chip on the green on the 12th hoping he will go low at -2 after the start today, two shots from here puts him at -6.
Patrick Reed on 17 chases a fabulous iron shot to within 2.40m for the birdie and the pace is perfect as the ball falls to push it down to -5.
The score is good overall, with Kokrak (-5) beating 12th place.
Jack RatbornJuly 17, 2022 11:50 am
The Open 2022 start times: Full schedule for the finals in St Andrews including Rory McIlroy
And here’s the full schedule for today’s game, with Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Robert Macintyre among some of the other early starters. Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau will get going in the next hour or so but are certainly too far behind to impress at the top of the leaderboard.
The 2022 Open start times and full schedule for the finals at St Andrews
Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland share the lead at the 150th edition of The Open at the Old Course, St Andrews
Jamie BraidwoodJuly 17, 2022 11:39 am
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/open-2022-live-leaderboard-scores-updates-b2125005.html Open 2022 LIVE: standings and scores as Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland share the lead in the finals