Rory McIlroy

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Live Reporting

Jonathan Jurejko, Paul Higham and Matt Gault

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Smith -11, Young -13 (13)

    Think Cameron Young is going to fade away today? Think again. Made of stoic stuff this lad.

    He’s got a great all round game and shows that again with a long drive/creative approach combo to leave him putting for an eagle on the par-five 14th.

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    McIlroy -16, Hovland -15 (14)

    Shocker of a lie for McIlroy at the 15th. He’s controlled it well but his ball lands on the downslope and runs off to the back of the green.

    It’s a good effort from where he left his drive, though.

    Hovland’s safely aboard, too.

  3. Scheffler saves par

    Johnson -10, Scheffler -11 (15)

    A scrappy hole for Scheffler this time, and he’s required to hole a near 30-foot putt just to save his par after a dodgy third shot.

    St Andrews is just getting the upper hand on these two mentally I think as they’re making a few poor decision to go along with a few poor swings.

    The Open

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    McIlroy -16, Hovland -15 (14)

    Alex Bysouth

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    “Rory. Rory, Rory. Rory, Rory, Rorrrry…” is the chant from some fans in the distance, you know, the Kolo and Yaya Toure one. Admittedly written text doesn’t do it justice.

    McIlroy and Viktor Hovland both took a moment to watch the Northern Irishman’s drive disappear into the distance, before Rory reached for a swig or water from his flask. Keep the focus.

  5. Fitzpatrick finishes with birdie

    Fitzpatrick -9 (69)

    That’s how to finish! Matt Fitzpatrick closes out his third round with a birdie three at the last and that’s good enough for a three-under 69.

    It’s a solid round of golf, but the US Open champion needed something like a 65 or 66 to really vault himself into contention.

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    Richard Winton

    BBC Sport Scotland at St Andrews

    It’s been a long, hot day at St Andrews and some of the patrons are feeling the effects.

    Sunburn and swaying are perhaps expected but one fella has slumped beside the 18th tee, cap over his face, and is quite contentedly snoozing off his lager.

    Well, he was until a passing fan fell over his outstretched legs and woke him up. Turns out he thinks it’s about 4pm…

  7. Kim’s nerves of steel

    Kim -10 (17)

    If you’re looking for a shot with the maximum difficulty tariff around St Andrews, and one that takes the biggest, erm, nerves shall we say – then Kim Si-Woo is your man!

    Kim finds himself on the opposite side of the Road Hole green to the flag, and decides to whip out a wedge and chip it high over the infamous bunker – landing it brilliantly on the other side and within range to save par.

    Astonishing. Do NOT try that at home folks.

  8. WATCH: McIlroy holes out from the bunker for eagle

    McIlroy -16, Hovland -15 (14)

    How big could this prove to be come tomorrow evening?

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    Video caption: ‘Glorious!’ – McIlroy takes lead with eagle from bunker
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    McIlroy -16, Hovland -15 (14)

    McIlroy smokes his drive down 15. He looks happy enough with it but his ball appears to have settled down in the rough down the left.

    Hovland follows him in there.

    A massive hour coming up here, folks. Don’t go anywhere.

  10. Cantlay fades

    Cantlay -8 (16)

    For the Patrick Cantlay fans out there (there must be some?), your man has started to go backwards.

    The American has been unable to sustain his blistering start, which put him into outright fourth at one stage.

    Bogeys at 12 and 16, with no birdies in-between, see him drop out of the picture.

  11. ‘Crowd screaming to bring Rory home’

    McIlroy -16, Hovland -15 (14)

    Lydia Hall

    Ladies European Tour winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Hovland will be massively disappointed. You can hear the crowd screaming for Rory to bring him home.

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    McIlroy -16, Hovland -15 (14)

    Rory McIlroy was three adrift of Cameron Smith at the start of play.

    He now leads the Australian by five. Quite the turnaround.

  13. McIlroy birdies 14 to take solo lead

    McIlroy -16, Hovland -15 (14)

    Hovland goes up and over the slope with his putter from the front of the 14th green. It’s another hugely impressive effort from distance and he’ll have about 15 feet for a birdie.

    McIlroy has 33 feet for his second eagle in five holes. Ooooh, the pace was good but it was always on the high side. It’s good enough for a birdie though!

    Can Hovland match him in four? No! It lips out on the left.

    McIlroy leads on his own!

  14. ‘Terrible decision making’

    Smith -11, Young -13 (13)

    Zane Scotland

    Former European Tour player on BBC Radio 5 Live

    That was a very messy hole for Cam Smith. Unforced errors and terrible decision making.

  15. Double bogey for Smith

    Smith -11, Young -13 (13)

    Cameron Smith is hacking about in rough which resembles his mullet.

    Long, thick and not entirely attractive. Similar colour too.

    He knocks out onto the green, but has a long bogey putt to limit the damage.

    Confidence is drained, never looks like going in and that’ll be a double bogey.

    Not much better for Cameron Young, either. He misses a par putt and drops back a shot.

  16. ‘Johnson lost control of his arms’

    Johnson -10 (14)

    Kat Downes

    Commentator on BBC Radio 5 live

    It was like Johnson just lost control of his arms!

    A bit of a sigh of relief as he salvages a bogey.

  17. Damage limitation

    Johnson -10, Scheffler -11 (14)

    Dustin Johnson

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    Just counting up all of DJ’s shots on 14, and we think it’s a bogey six for him, after being forced to bunt out of that nasty bunker in the opposite direction to the flag, before dribbling a pretty ordinary par putt well short.

    It is though, after all that, just one shot gone which isn’t actually a bad result after that wretched passage of golf.

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    McIlroy -15, Hovland -15 (13)

    Hovland, playing from the right fairway, gives what looks like a driving iron the full treatment but even that can’t get the ball home in two.

    He’ll have plenty of green to work with, though, so it’s not a bad leave.

    McIlroy, from the fifth fairway, hammers a long iron towards the target. It lands just short but takes a lovely hop forward and rolls up close to pin high! An eagle opportunity awaits the 2014 champion.

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    Smith -13, Young -14 (12)

    It’s all unravelling for Cameron Smith here.

    He actually missed the gorse bush but ended up in a clump of heather.

    Another chop out does not go as he envisaged and there is going to be at least one dropped shot here.

    Count to 10, Cam…

  20. Fitzy falls back

    Fitzpatrick -8 (17)

    Matt Fitzpatrick drops his head, cutting a dejected figure, as his par putt at the pesky 17th slides by.

    Back to eight under.