The Open Championship 2022 LIVE SCORECARD: Rory McIlroy's sensational eagle puts him top with Hovland – day 4 latest | The Sun

RORY MCILROY and Viktor Hovland will battle it out for the chance to win The Open – with both players tied for the lead going into the final day.

The pair have a four-shot lead at -16 over their nearest contenders, after Cameron Young and Cameron Smith both finished the third round on -12.

However Rory Mcllroy's (-16) incredible chip shot out of the bunker stole the show and pushed him to T1 with Hovland

Tee times:

  • 2.50pm: Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy (-16)
  • 2.40: Cameron Young, Cameron Smith (-12)
  • 2.30: Si Woo Kim, Scottie Scheffler (-11)
  • 2.20: Dustin Johnson (-10), Tommy Fleetwood (-9)
  • 2.10: Matt Fitzpatrick, Adam Scott (-9)
  • 2.00: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay (-8)
  • 1.45: Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters (-7)
  • 1.35: Brian Harman, Shane Lowry (-7)
  • 1.25: Tyrell Hatton (-7), Trey Mullinax (-6)
  • 1.15: Francesco Molinari (-6), Bryson DeChambeau (-6)
  • 1.05: Henley Russell, Dylan Frittelli (-6)

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  • Alex Cole

    Hofland reacts on day three

    Viktor Hovland spoke last night on his T1 position going into the final day at The Open.

    The 24-year-old said: “Yeah, that was pretty cool. Probably not going to forget that one too quickly. No, I played great, but it was also cool to trade some holes with Rory as well.

    “I think we were obviously both kind of doing our own thing. But as we saw, it was still pretty slow out there, and we had to wait on a lot of tee boxes.

    "Yeah, Rory and Harry Diamond [Rory's caddie] are good guys, and we chatted it up a little bit. So it was a good mix.”

  • Alex Cole

    The Open 2022 Leaderboard

    Can McIlroy find a way to win it today on the final day?

    • Rory McIlroy -16
    • Viktor Hovland -16
    • Cam Smith -12
    • Cameron Young -12
    • Si Woo Kim -11
    • Scottie Scheffler -11
    • Dustin Johnson -10
    • Tommy Fleetwood -9
    • Adam Scott -9
    • Matt Fitzpatrick -9

    It's all to play for

    Thanks for tuning in for now – it's all to play for going into the final round.

    McIlroy and Hovland are joint top of the leaderboard going into Sunday.

    So who will be victorious at The Open this year?

    Stick with us and find out when the action resumes tomorrow. Good night for now!

    • Jon Boon

      McIlroy talks about Major experience

      Rory McIlroy talking about how Majors experience matters.

      He revealed: “Yeah, I think so. But at the same time those players are playing great golf to be in this position.

      “So I’m not going to take anything for granted. I don’t feel like I can fall back in any sort of experience. Just like being here before and I’ve done it. But nothing’s given to you and I have to go out there and earn it just like I’ve earned everything else in my career.

      “Certainly wasn’t a lot of chat going on through the last few holes this evening either. But I think it’s the nature of the golf course. And those holes coming in are pretty tricky. And it takes massive concentration as well to sort of navigate them. But, yeah, I’m not adverse to having a chat on the way around. It’s fine. It probably keeps both of us a little loose.

      “But you can tell there’s moments when to talk, and moments not to. And that was the case today as well.”

    • Jon Boon

      Hofland reacts

      Viktor Hofland has reflected on taking the lead at The Open.

      He said: “Yeah, that was pretty cool. Probably not going to forget that one too quickly. No, I played great, but it was also cool to trade some holes with Rory as well.

      “I think we were obviously both kind of doing our own thing. But as we saw, it was still pretty slow out there, and we had to wait on a lot of tee boxes. Yeah, Rory and Harry are good guys, and we chatted it up a little bit. So it was a good mix.”

    • Jon Boon

      McIlroy's ready for tomorrow

    • Jon Boon

      Leaderboard

    • Jon Boon

      Commentators curse!

      They can only make par on the last hole – meaning Smith and Young are both four shots behind McIlroy and Hovland.

      Surely it isn't a two-horse race already?

      Both Smith and Young look gutted by the way.

    • Jon Boon

      Waiting on Smith and Young

      We're just waiting on Smith and Young to finish now.

      They sit nicely in contention going into the final round on Sunday.

      McIlroy and Hovland will need nerves of steel tomorrow and will be looking anxiously behind them at those two challengers.

    • Jon Boon

      Tied at the top

      All to play for in tomorrow's round, as McIlroy and Hovland both post -16 and tie for the lead.

      The crowd goes wild on the 18th – with both players scoring 66.

      Elsewhere, Cameron Smith and Cameron Young try to close within three of the leaders.

    • Jon Boon

      Hovland flying

      Hovland hits a fine drive on the 18th – and will have 25feet for the eagle.

      While McIlroy is in the precarious Valley of Sin – also with the opportunity for an eagle.

      Tense stuff.

    • Jon Boon

      Johnson down the 18th at -9

      Dustin Johnson there with an incredible par save – as he's on -9 and headed down the 18th.

      A birdie would perfect right now.

    • Jon Boon

      What a shot Scheffler

      Scottie Scheffler will probably be lamenting his putting today, otherwise he would have been right up there.

      But this is something special.

    • Kieran Davies

      Rivalries take a back seat

      Sometimes, even if it is an opponent, you just have to tip your hat a moment of brilliance…..

    • Kieran Davies

      That's the way to do it

      When it comes to finishing your round on the 18th green of The Open at a stage like St Andrews, Xander Schauffele shows how he likes to do it.

      Draining a monster putt from distance to give him an eagle to finish.

    • Kieran Davies

      The Open 2022 Leaderboard

      Norway and Northern Ireland lead the way in the championship.

      • Viktor Hovland -15 (11)
      • Rory McIlroy -15 (11)
      • Cameron Young -13 (11)
      • Cam Smith -13 (11)
      • Dustin Johnson -12 (12)
      • Scottie Scheffler -11 (12)
      • Si Woo Kim -10 (14)
      • Patrick Cantlay -10 (13)

      Spectators in droves following leading pack

      As the sun beats down on St Andrews, the fans are enjoying the lavish weather.

      Every good shot is met with roars from the stands.

      No one wants today's play to end…

      Rory holds no fears of the sand

      McIlroy showing how bunker shots work when perfectly executed.

      Top drawer stuff!

      Hovland gives no quarter to Rory

      After McIlroy manages to get himself the outright lead with his unbelievable eagle it did not last for long.

      Viktor Hovland has a long birdie attempt and make it looks easy as he drains it.

      It leaves him and his playing partner tied at the top of the leaderboard.

      Irish luck rubs off on Rory

      McIlroy found himself in the sand at the 10th hole.

      As he chipped out the ball slowly edged closer and closer to the hole.

      Eventually disappearing from sight to claim McIlroy an eagle and the outright lead on 15 under par at The Open 2022.

      The Open 2022 Leaderboard

      Viktor Hovland leads the 2022 Open Championship but there are plenty hot on the heels of the Scandinavian.

      • Viktor Hovland -14 (8)
      • Rory McIlroy -13 (9)
      • Cam Smith -12 (8)
      • Patrick Cantlay -11 (11)
      • Dustin Johnson -11 (9)
      • Cameron Young -11 (8)
      • Scottie Scheffler -10 (9)
      • Kieran Davies

        Kim looking to hunt down pack

        Si Woo Kim is putting in another consistent performance out on the course today.

        His 3 under par round so far sees him move to 9 under par for the tournament.

        The South Korean is only 5 shots off the leader now.

      • Kieran Davies

        Hovland in the groove

        The Norwegian golfer looks in the same frame of mind that saw Cam Smith open a lead on the chasing pack yesterday.

      • Kieran Davies

        Cam looking to rediscover form

        Cam Smith is finding his form from round two is evading him currently as sees three people leapfrog him in the leaderboard today.

        All it takes is one shot or putt to kickstart his round.

        The Australian seems to be enjoying his golf still never the less.

        Credit: AP
      • Kieran Davies

        McIlroy starts to find his form

        Sitting in second place in the championship now, Rory McIlroy is starting to find some of the form that has led him to many a major in the past.

        Despite the dry nature of the greens the Irishman is still able to stop a ball dead on a sixpence.

        Fantastic shot.

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