Shane Lowry Surges Into the Lead, Day 3 at the Open Championship

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Royal Portrush Golf Club, Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland — July 20, 2019

With the low round of the tournament, an eight-under-par 63, Shane Lowry separated himself from the remainder of the field at the 2019 Open Championship. His three-round total of 16 under par, puts him four strokes ahead of Tommy Fleetwood who sits in 2nd place heading into the final day at the Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Shane Lowry hits his approach shot on 18 in the Open Competition. / Photo Courtesy of www.theopen.com

Big Day on the Scorecard

Three birdies on the front nine and five more on the back gave Lowry a nice cushion heading into Sunday’s final round. While no lead is entirely safe as the gusts of Northern Ireland blow across the course, the next closest competitor to Fleetwood is another two strokes back. After sitting atop the leaderboard the first two days, J.B. Holmes could not keep pace with Lowry. Holmes carded a two-under-par 69 for a tournament total of 10 under.

Tommy Fleetwood / Photo Courtesy of www.theopen.com

Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose are tied for 4th at 9 under. Rickie Fowler and Lee Westwood sit another stroke back at 8 under. While Danny Willett, Jon Rahm, Tony Finau, and Jordan Spieth posted three-day totals of 7 under.

Pressure Packed Sunday

Even with the four-shot lead, teeing off Lowry will know if anyone from the groups in front of him is making a move. Can he keep his composure as he tries to win his 1st Major Championship? A number of accomplished players are lurking, but it will require a fabulous round by anyone trying to take a run at the lead. If Shane Lowry does not give them any help, he may very well see his name etched onto the Claret Jug.

Shane Lowry / Photo Courtesy of www.theopen.com

Leaderboard

Position Player To Par Today’s Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1 Shane Lowry -16 -8 67 67 63 197
2 Tommy Fleetwood -12 -5 68 67 66 201
3 J.B. Holmes -10 -2 66 68 69 203
T4 Brooks Koepka -9 -4 68 69 67 204
T4 Justin Rose -9 -3 69 67 68 204
T6 Rickie Fowler -8 -5 70 69 66 205
T6 Lee Westwood -8 -1 68 67 70 205
T8 Danny Willett -7 -6 74 67 65 206
T8 Jon Rahm -7 -3 68 70 68 206
T8 Tony Finau -7 -3 68 70 68 206
T8 Jordan Spieth -7 -2 70 67 69 206
T12 Henrik Stenson -6 -3 70 69 68 207
T12 Alexander Noren -6 -3 68 71 68 207
T12 Matt Kuchar -6 -2 70 68 69 207
T12 Dylan Frittelli -6 -1 68 69 70 207
T12 Andrew Putnam -6 -1 70 67 70 207
T12 Cameron Smith -6 E 70 66 71 207
18 Xander Schauffele -5 -2 74 65 69 208
T19 Russell Knox -4 -3 70 71 68 209
T19 Sang-hyun Park -4 -3 69 72 68 209
T19 Justin Thomas -4 -3 71 70 68 209
T19 Patrick Reed -4 E 71 67 71 209
T23 Matthew Fitzpatrick -3 -1 71 69 70 210
T23 Byeong-Hun An -3 -1 73 67 70 210
T23 Webb Simpson -3 E 68 71 71 210
T23 Tyrrell Hatton -3 E 68 71 71 210
T23 Erik van Rooyen -3 1 70 68 72 210
T23 Justin Harding -3 3 71 65 74 210
T29 Graeme McDowell -2 -3 73 70 68 211
T29 Tom Lewis -2 -3 75 68 68 211
T29 Kevin Kisner -2 -1 70 71 70 211
T29 Romain Langasque -2 -1 69 72 70 211
T29 Robert MacIntyre -2 E 68 72 71 211
T29 Rory Sabbatini -2 E 70 70 71 211
T29 Dustin Johnson -2 1 72 67 72 211
T36 Mikko Korhonen -1 E 72 69 71 212
T36 Sergio Garcia -1 E 68 73 71 212
T36 Lucas Glover -1 E 72 69 71 212
T36 Patrick Cantlay -1 E 70 71 71 212
T36 Aaron Wise -1 E 72 69 71 212
T36 Ernie Els -1 1 71 69 72 212
T36 Lucas Bjerregaard -1 3 70 68 74 212
T43 Charley Hoffman E -1 70 73 70 213
T43 Yuki Inamori E -1 70 73 70 213
T43 Ryan Fox E -1 68 75 70 213
T43 Inn-choon Hwang E -1 72 71 70 213
T43 Doc Redman E E 71 71 71 213
T43 Joost Luiten E E 73 69 71 213
T43 Stewart Cink E E 74 68 71 213
T50 Andrew Wilson 1 E 76 67 71 214
T50 Yosuke Asaji 1 E 72 71 71 214
T50 Louis Oosthuizen 1 1 70 72 72 214
T50 Thomas Pieters 1 3 72 68 74 214
T54 Francesco Molinari 2 1 74 69 72 215
T54 Matt Wallace 2 1 73 70 72 215
T54 Adam Hadwin 2 1 74 69 72 215
T54 Benjamin Hebert 2 2 73 69 73 215
T54 Kyle Stanley 2 2 75 67 73 215
T54 Paul Casey 2 2 72 70 73 215
T54 Bernd Wiesberger 2 3 70 71 74 215
T61 Bubba Watson 3 2 72 71 73 216
T61 Kevin Streelman 3 3 77 65 74 216
T61 Callum Shinkwin 3 4 70 71 75 216
T61 Jim Furyk 3 4 73 68 75 216
T61 Branden Grace 3 4 70 71 75 216
T66 Jason Kokrak 4 3 74 69 74 217
T66 Thorbjorn Olesen 4 6 72 68 77 217
T68 Paul Waring 5 4 75 68 75 218
T68 Nino Bertasio 5 4 72 71 75 218
T68 Eddie Pepperell 5 5 70 72 76 218
T68 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 5 6 68 73 77 218
72 Shubhankar Sharma 6 6 70 72 77 219
73 Ashton Turner 7 6 69 74 77 220