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The Open 2019: Shane Lowry sets Royal Portrush course record as he goes into final round four shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood

Shane Lowry takes a four shot lead into the final round of The Open after a scintillating round of 63 at Royal Portrush on Saturday.

The Irishman broke the course record with an eight-under-par round to have a commanding lead over the rest of the field.

Shane Lowry leads The Open by four shots

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Shane Lowry leads The Open by four shots

Lowry came close to equalling the record for lowest round at a major championship but missed his birdie chance on the 18th hole.

Tommy Fleetwood is in second place with a round of 66 to take him to 12-under-par.

It is not the first time Lowry has taken a four shot lead going into the final round of a major.

Tommy Fleetwood is in second place at Royal Portrush

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Tommy Fleetwood is in second place at Royal Portrush

At the 2016 U.S Open, he led Dustin Johnson by four shots but faded in the final round as the American won the title.

Shane Lowry told Sky Sports: “I’m still a bit fuzzy. I just really enjoyed today. Obviously I played great golf, the crowd were incredible and I just felt so comfortable. I know there’s a tough 24 hours ahead of me but there’s nowhere I’d rather be.


“I said to my caddie walking off 17 that the next half an hour, we might never experience it again so let’s enjoy it.

“It was one of the most incredible days of my life.

“I hope I am going to be able to deal with it but I think I’m ready for it.”

American J.B Holmes is in third place on 10-under-par while Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose are a further shot back on nine-under-par.

Brooks Koepka is seven shots behind the leader

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Brooks Koepka is seven shots behind the leader

Tee times for the final round have been moved forward due to adverse weather forecast.

The first tee will be at 7.32am with the leaders going out at 1.47pm.

You can listen to live action from the final round at Royal Portrush on talkSPORT 2.

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