Nick Pitt, Royal Portrush
Personal achievement of the highest order and a place in history awaits Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush today. He holds a four-shot lead at 16 under par and should he win he will be the first Irish player to win The Open Championship in Ireland.
The man most likely to deny him is Tommy Fleetwood in second place. Should Fleetwood win, he would be the first Englishman to win The Open since Nick Faldo in 1992. All the others are playing catch-up, two strokes and more behind Fleetwood, six behind Lowry.
Lowry seemed to be buoyed by support that was high volume. He made an ebullient, brilliant eight-under-par, course-record 63, illuminated by a stirring finish that separated him from all-comers. It was a round that…
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