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Shane Lowry Plays Sensational Round To Take Control Of The Open


Shane Lowry took control of the Open tournament on Saturday at Royal Portrush.

The Irishman played some fantastic shots on the course in County Antrim, finishing on 8 under for the day and 16 under for the tournament. Lowry, who was cheered throughout by the spectators in attendance, could do no wrong in a faultless round.

Lowry broke the course record on the new course at Royal Portrush, shooting a 63. It was the second-lowest score in major history.

He will lead the tournament on Sunday, going into the final day four shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood in second place. J. B. Holmes is in third on 10 under. Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose share fourth place on nine-under, seven shots behind Lowry.

Lowry went into Saturday’s round with a share of the lead with J.B. Holmes on 8 under.

However, the Offaly man moved ahead of his rival, recording eight birdies in a stunning round at Royal Portrush.

He gained the outright lead on the ninth hole with a birdie to go 11 under.

The 32-year-old then pulled off one of the shots of the week with this approach shot on the 10th.

Lowry was in the rough after his drive and appeared to be in trouble. But after a discussion with his caddy Bo Martin, the Irishman powered a shot 200 yards or so from the hole and watched it roll along the bank and within 10 yards of the pin.

He then sank the putt and moved to 12 under.

Lowry had a new rival for the Claret Jug in the form of Fleetwood. The English golfer finished on 5 under for the day, 12 under overall and four shots behind the Offaly man.

However, Saturday belonged to Lowry as he took a big step towards winning his first major.

He ended the day on eight under and 16 under for the tournament.

Lowry goes into Sunday’s play on top of the leaderboard, aiming to be the first Irishman to win the Open since Rory McIlroy won the tournament in 2014. Darren Clarke won the Claret Jug in 2011. While Pádraig Harrington won the competition in consecutive years in 2007 and 2008.

The winner of the 148th Open will take home the Claret Jug and a cheque for €1,722,527.

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