LONDON – Irishman Shane Lowry stayed a shot clear of the field two thirds of the way through an absorbing third round of the Open Championship on Saturday as the big guns came to the fore in perfect conditions.
Lowry was 13-under-par through 12 holes of round three, 5-under-par for the day, one shot better than Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who had played a hole more, and two ahead of JB Holmes, who shared the overnight lead with Lowry.
Justin Rose picked up four birdies on the back nine to be 10-under, Lee Westwood was 9-under and Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler 8-under-par.
With no wind, players made the most of the benign conditions and on what's generally known as moving day, the big names made their move.
But none more so than Lowry, who birdied three, five and nine to turn in 3-under-par and added two more, at 10 and 12 to reach 13-under-par.