The Open 2022 LIVE: Standings and scores as Rory McIlroy takes on Viktor Hovland

The Open 2022 LIVE: Standings and scores as Rory McIlroy takes on Viktor Hovland

Was this Tiger Woods’ last trip to St. André?

Rory McIlroy has the chance to end his eight-year major drought and claim golf’s ‘holy grail’ by taking a share of the lead in the final round of The Open Championship at St Andrews. McIlroy is joined at the top of the Open leaderboard by Viktor Hovland after the pair shared a thrilling battle on Saturday, with both players shooting rounds of 66 to clear four shots from the chasing pack.

McIlroy and Hovland will start together again, this time in the final group, but ahead of them is a large group of star players who will be looking to put the pressure on. Australian Cameron Smith, who led the weekend, is four strokes behind Cameron Young – with world No 1 Scottie Scheffler and former Masters champion Dustin Johnson also in contention.

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood are also hoping to give chase, but the focus will be on McIlroy as he seeks to win his fifth major title and add to his previous Open Championship from 2014. He doesn’t get any bigger than to win the Open at St Andrews, however, particularly in the 150th year of the Championship. “I put myself in a great position after three days,” McIlroy said. “I’ve finished enough golf tournaments in my time to feel like I know what to do.”

Follow live updates from The Open and the latest standings at St Andrews below:

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Open 2022: Cameron Young passes his shot

Majestic from Spieth on seven, perfect distance and it rolls four feet. It will go to -12.

That’s Smith’s ideal pace on four from about 20 feet, tap-in par. Still -13 and three back.

Young wants a birdie in four, down the hill, left to right, that’s brilliant, back-to-back birdies and down to -13.

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McIlroy misses by just six feet, a chance slips away. Still tied for the lead with -16.

Meanwhile, Cam Smith, 166 yards from four, narrowly escapes the bunker but will be about 20 feet from the flag.

DJ on five, the eagle’s putt is wide, but he can convert a birdie from close range to reach -12.

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The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy with a birdie chance to take the lead

Schauffele with a brilliant 221-yard 14-yard shot, he cut the par-five 614-yarder in half and just feet away for his eagle. It is now at -11, -6 today.

Hovland can only level the third, with McIlroy eyeing the birdie and a one-shot lead.

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Good rebound from Young, birdie at three brings him back to his starting point and -12.

Filippo Celli is set to win the silver medal, the Italian amateur following in the footsteps of Matteo Manassero, who won the prestigious amateur player award at The Open Championship in 2009.

An eagle putt is a bit wide, it will birdie to end a sensational opening, posting -5.

Celli defeats Aaron Jarvis, who came in earlier on +1.

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The Open 2022: Cam Smith closes the gap on Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland

It’s a birdie for Smith, he reduces the gap to three shots at -13 and finds himself two from the big group in fourth position.

Spieth for eagle on five, so close, but easy birdie coming to pass to -11.

Hatton is warming up there, -4 to seven and -11 overall.

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Open 2022: Cam Smith aims for a two-man birdie

Cam Smith with a magnificent two-iron shot, he flirts with the holeshot and comes to rest three feet beyond it.

McIlroy and Hovland can’t birdie one, much to the chasing pack’s delight.

McIlroy blows up every second drive, perfect. Hovland matches him, a little bland, but he is far behind his co-leader.

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The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland created birdie chances first

Scheffler’s birdie try on two is not good, still -11.

Young with a four-footer for par that won’t come back after starting half a ball wide left. A bogey takes it to -11 and a tie for fourth with six others.

Hovland within eight feet on one, McIlroy has about 10 feet, both good looks for a birdie to start things off.

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The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy begins the final round

Rory McIlroy with huge cheers on the first. Incredible atmosphere.

The Northern Irishman blasts an iron down the fairway and he goes in pursuit of the No. 5 major.

Viktor Hovland almost cuts McIlroy’s ball with his tee shot, he goes about five feet.

A chance for McIlroy to put pressure perhaps?

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The Open 2022: Cam Smith and Cam Young in progress

Cam Smith is looking to bounce back from a disappointing third round, it’s a tough task, but four back he is trying to become the first Australian player to win the Open since Greg Norman in 1993.

While the last Australian to win an Open here at St Andrews was Kel Nagle in 1960.

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Open 2022: Fleetwood starts with a birdie

Fleetwood walks down to a flyer. A birdie in the first sees the English go to -10. His playing partner Johnson remains at this mark as his birdie putt does not extend more than a few inches from the hole.

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