Shane Lowery of Ireland shines at the top of The Open leaderboard, and has Irish eyes smiling at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
Shane fired a third round -8 under par 63, to lead The Open after 54 holes at -16 under par, and will take a four shot lead into the final;
“That’s the most incredible day I’ve ever had on the golf course. I honestly can’t explain what it was like. The crowd was incredible.”
“I can imagine it was quite difficult for J B to play with, but, yeah, I found it OK.”
“I know tomorrow is going to be a difficult day. I know there’s some bad weather coming in. But I’m in a good position.”
“I just have to do what I’ve been doing all year, hit the reset button tonight and go out there and shoot as good a score as I can. And hopefully that’s good enough tomorrow evening.”
I hope Guinness have upped production, there will be massive intake of the Black Stuff tonight, and if Shane wins tomorrow the supporters will celebrate in style.
Tommy Fleetwood from England is in second place, those four shots back at -12 under par, he carded a good third round of -5 under 66;
“Playing tomorrow with Shane is going to be challenging trying to control yourself in that atmosphere.”
“It’s going to be harder than for the rest of the field.”
“I’m very, very happy to have that challenge. If you’d said to me at the start of the day, the start of the week, the start of the year, you’re going into the last round in the last group Sunday of the Open with Shane and the crowd are not going to be with you, I’d have said that’s fine.”
“It’s going to be another chapter in my career and I’m looking forward to it.”
Long time leader JB Holmes, USA, has third place at -10 under, signing for a third round-2 under 69.
Justin Rose, -3 under 68 today, and Brooks Koepka with -4 under 67 share fourth spot at -9 under par.
More to follow