The Open Championship 2023 reaches its conclusion on Sunday
Brian Harman takes a commanding Open Championship lead into the final round with the American leading by five shots at Royal Liverpool.
The American, who will start his fourth round on Sunday at 2:15pm at -12 with Cameron Young (-7) for company, remained composed on Saturday, despite Jon Rahm’s charge. The Spaniard, who labelled the sizzling 63 as the best links round of his life, put himself in the mix at -6. It was the Spaniard’s lowest ever major round and the lowest ever round at Royal Liverpool in Open history. Lower down the leaderboard is Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Sepp Straka, Antoine Rozner and Jason Day all at -5.
Harman, who became the first player to lead the Open by five shots after 36 holes since Louis Oosthuizen in 2010, is aiming to break through and win his first major. He failed to convert a third-round, one-shot lead at the 2017 US Open, eventually falling four strokes short behind Brooks Koepka. Follow live coverage from the fourth round of the 151st Open Championship at Hoylake below:
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The Open 2023: Costly bogey for Straka
Straka -6 (10), Fleetwood -6 (10)
Oh, Sepp. Those simply have to go if he’s going to contend. Five feet for par but it whistles by and the Austrian returns to -6 alongside his playing partner, Tommy Fleetwood.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 16:01
The Open 2023: Chances goes for Rahm
“GO, GO,” the Spaniard yells from the fairway as he eggs on his iron and the ball listens, nestling up to within nine feet. A big birdie chance…just misses. He was playing for some left-to-right movement but none materialised. He remains five off the pace.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:59
The Open 2023: Kim continuing to impress
Injured ankle and all, the Korean is three under par for the day and up to -6 with a nerveless birdie putt on the 11th. A few more needed in his final seven holes…
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:56
The Open 2023: Back-to-back birdies moves Harman five clear
Harman -12 (7), Young -6 (7)
Simply unflappable. Just like yesterday, the American got off to a wobbly start but how he has bounced back.
Fairway in regulation, green in regulation and he is dialled on the greens as he pours in another birdie putt. Back up to -12 where he started the day and his lead is back to five.
Young make a good par save to remain at -6 but he’s now six off the leader.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:54
The Open 2023: Big par save for McIlroy
McIlroy -5 (12), Grillo -5 (12)
The fairway isn’t found off the tee and McIlroy’s second can only come up short right in the rough. He chips out but it’s 10 feet for par…made! You feel like that was must make for Rory and he remains in touching distance.
Grillo is so close to moving up to -6, but the Argentine’s birdie effort just dies out to the right.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:50
The Open 2023: Birdie for Homa
The American will most-likely run out of holes but the American finds his third birdie of the day at eh 14th. Par-five 15th coming up…
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:47
The Open 2023: Close shave for Rahm
The cap is backward and Rahm means business but he can’t quite make the long-range look that he has at seven for birdie. Still time but he’ll want to grab one more birdie before he makes the turn.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:45
The Open 2023: Birdie for Straka as Fleetwood also makes the turn
Straka -7 (9), Fleetwood -6 (9)
The Austrian missed a good look on the eighth but makes no mistake on the ninth as he sinks a 22-footer for birdie to move within four.
Fleetwood settles for par and is one further back.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:43
The Open 2023: Much-needed birdie for Harman
Harman -11 (6), Young -6 (6)
That is an awesome response from our leader. Many might have let the pressure get the best of them but the American responds with a solid tee shot into the par-three 6th. He steps up and pours it in for two to get back to -11. Nerveless stuff.
Fair play to Young who fires his tee shot even closer and knocks in a bounce-back birdie as well to stay five back of Harman.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:40
The Open 2023: Lead back to just three
Harman -10 (5), Young -5(5)
And he can’t save it! Has this tournament just got a bit more interesting? Young misses out as well as he looks to save his par and he drops back to -5.
Ben Fleming23 July 2023 15:38