PORTRUSH – Ireland's Shane Lowry forged into the lead at the British Open as he moved to 13 under with six holes of his third round remaining on a becalmed Dunluce links on Saturday.
With England's Tommy Fleetwood nipping at his heels, an inspired Lowry claimed his fifth birdie of the day at the par-five 12th to move a stroke clear to the delight of the galleries who were roaring him on across the course.
Fleetwood, playing in the match ahead with Lee Westwood, was also five under for the day having started a shot behind Lowry and American JB Holmes.
Westwood had earlier briefly gone to the top of the leaderboard after a run of three successive birdies but dropped back to nine under with a bogey at the 10th after driving into a bush.
Holmes was tucked in on 11 under.