Snapshot from day three of The Open

Snapshot from day two of The British Open at Royal Portrush

21-Jul-2019 By Darren Walton, Australian Associated Press
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PLAYER OF THE DAY: Shane Lowry - the Irishman wowed fans with a dazzling, bogey-free eight-under-par 63 to take command of the championship.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Cameron Smith's spectacular six-iron from the rough to half a metre on the par-5 12th hole set up an eagle before a birdie on the next hole briefly pulled the Australian back to within four strokes of the lead.

STAT OF THE DAY: Lowry's 197 total is the lowest for 54 holes in Open history.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Every time I had a putt today I just wanted to hole it because I wanted to hear that roar, it was just incredible. It was an incredible day." - Lowry on the raucous crowd support he received at Royal Portrush.

TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: Lowry has one hand on the Claret Jug after charging to a four-shot lead at 16 under, with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood his closest pursuer, followed by American JB Holmes five back, and countryman and world No.1 Brooks Koepka sharing fourth with England's Justin Rose at nine under and seven behind. Smith is 10 shots off the pace following a disappointing even-par 71.


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