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Lowry leads With Sensational 63 Day 3 At The 148th Open

The atmosphere on moving day at The Open reached fever pitched as Irishman Shane Lowry carded a stunning eight-under-par 63 to get one hand on the Claret Jug as he tries to become only the fifth Irish winner of the Open after Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy had set the course record of 61 at Portrush as a 16-year-old amateur but Lowry's 63 established a new one for the revised layout and a birdie on the 18th would have equaled the lowest round in major history set by Branden Grace at Birkdale in 2017.

Lowry's long-range attempt trickled agonizingly past the hole, but the 32-year-old from Offaly understandably could not wipe the smile from his face as chants of 'Ole, Ole, Ole' rang out from the grandstands.

England's Tommy Fleetwood is Lowry's nearest challenger on 12 under par after carding a bogey-free 66, with JB Holmes two shots further back and world number one Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose seven off the lead on nine-under.

"My mind's still a bit fuzzy," said Lowry, whose 54-hole total of 197 eclipsed the previous Open record of 198 set by Tom Lehman at Royal Lytham in 1996.

"I really enjoyed today, obviously I played great golf and the crowd were incredible. Every time I got a putt I wanted to hole it and hear that roar again. I said to Bo (Martin, his caddie) walking off 17, 'We might never experience anything like the next half-hour again, so let's make the most of it'.

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