Was this Tiger Woods’ last trip to St Andrews?
Rory McIlroy has a chance to end his major eight-year drought and grab the “holy grail” of golf as he takes his share of the lead in the final round of the Open Championship in St Andrews. Join McIlroy at the top of the open leaderboard by Viktor Hovland after the coupleHe had an exciting fight on Saturdaywith both players firing rounds of 66 to keep four shots out of the chase package.
McIlroy and Hovland will be out together again, this time in the last group, but they have a whole lot of star players ahead of them who will be looking to put pressure on them. Australian Cameron Smith, who led until the weekend, fell by four shots alongside Cameron Young – with world number 1 Scotty Scheffler and former Masters champion Dustin Johnson also in contention.
England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood are also hoping to pursue the chase, but the focus will be on McIlroy as he looks to win his fifth major title and add to his previous Open Championship from 2014. It’s nothing more than winning the Open in St Andrews, though, especially in the year 150 of the tournament. “I put myself in great shape after three days,” McIlroy said. “I’ve finished enough golf tournaments in my time to feel like I know what to do.”
Stay tuned for updates live from the Open and the latest St Andrews leaderboard, below:
2022 Open: Victor Hovland makes ghost, hands Rory McIlroy the lead
It’s a bogey for Hovland, it slips to -15. McIlroy leads outright on -16.
Smith (-13) on five brittle coarser, leaves himself 30 feet for the eagle. make it? He will be only one behind McIlroy.
Adam Scott makes a birdie, hitting -12 with Spieth and DJ.
This is a terrible place for a Hofland down the mountain and in the rough on five. McIlroy is off the lane, he’s fine.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 15:42
It’s 78.5 feet for Hovland on a four, and the massive hit can only be cut to 10 feet, a test of reward.
Schauffele for birdie at 16, stays out. He stayed at -11.
McIlroy with the same hit as Young did on all fours, but he slips, only on par. He’s still tied up at the top at -16.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 15:38
Championship 2022: Cameron Young makes his move
Majestic from Spieth on seven, perfect distance and rolling to four feet. It will move to -12.
That’s a perfect Smith pace on all fours of about 20 feet. Still -13 and three appeared.
Young wants a little birdie on all fours, down the hill, left to right, it’s a bright bird, a back to back bird and up to -13.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 15:33
McIlroy misses from just six feet away, a chance escape. He’s still tied up at the top at -16.
Meanwhile, Cam Smith, at 166 yards on four, narrowly escaped from the dugout but would be about 20 feet from the flag.
DJ’s up to five, and the eagle hit is wide, but he can transform into a birdie at close range for up to -12.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 15:28
2022 Open: Rory McIlroy with Byrdie’s Chance to Take Top
Schauffele with an impressive shot at 221 yards at 14, cuts 614 yards with only five halves and two feet for his eagle. It is now at -11, -6 today.
Hovland can only equal third, McIlroy stares at Birdie and fires a shot.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 15:23
Good bounce from Young, birdie in the third puts him back where he started and -12.
Filippo Celli on the verge of winning the silver medal, Italian amateur follows in the footsteps of Matteo Manasero, who won the prestigious award for amateur players at the 2009 Open Championships.
The eagle bird is so wide, it will click on a small bird to finish an exciting opening, posting -5.
Seely beats out Aaron Jarvis, who came home earlier +1.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 15:17
2022 Open: Cam Smith closes the gap on Rory McIlroy and Victor Hovland
He’s a birdie for Smith, closing the gap by three shots at -13 and sitting two short of the big group in fourth.
Spieth to the eagle at 5, very close, but a little birdie is coming to move to -11.
Hatton warms up there, from -4 to seven and -11 in general.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 15:10
2022 Open: Cam Smith eye a bird per second
Cam Smith with a superb iron shot on two, flirting with the holeshot and deadlocking three feet later.
McIlroy and Hovland can’t make a single bird, to the delight of the stalking group.
McIlroy blows out a motor on two, perfect. Hovland matches him, fading a little, but a little behind his co-captain.
Jack RathburnJul 17 2022 15:04
2022 Open: Rory McIlroy and Victor Hovland set chances for birders at the start
Scheffler bird experience on two is not good, still -11.
Young with four equal feet that will not turn back after starting to display the left hemisphere. Ghost takes him to -11 and ties for fourth place with six others.
Hovland is eight feet on one, McIlroy has 10 feet or so, both of which look good for birders to start things off.
Jack RathburnJuly 17 2022 14:59
2022 Open Championship: Rory McIlroy kicks off the final round
Rory McIlroy with great cheers in the first. Incredible atmosphere.
The Northern Irish blasts an iron in the fairway and goes out in search of the 5th Major.
Victor Hovland almost cuts McIlroy’s ball with his tee shot, traveling about five feet.
An opportunity for McIlroy to apply pressure perhaps?
Jack RathburnJul 17 2022 14:52