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By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 20 Jul 19 22:49
This is the 10th time in the last 15 years a player has led a major by 4 shots or more after 54 holes.

6 of the previous 9 went on to win.


One of them that did not was Shane Lowry at Oakmont (led by 4, shot 76).
Rory lost his first 4-shot lead too.....2-for-2 since then....It's just an Irish thing. Lull them into a false sense of security by losing the first one Grin
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 20 Jul 19 22:57
Most Top-3 finishes in Majors without a win (all-time):

Westwood - 9
Harry Cooper - 7
Montgomerie - 6
Doug Sanders - 6
Macdonald Smith - 6
Bobby Cruickshank - 6
Andrew Kirkaldy - 6
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 20 Jul 19 23:05
LOWR, FLEETWOOD or ROSE out to prevent a USA MAJOR SLAM.

- for a while it was looking like the first time four different Americans swept the four Majors in a season since 1976.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 20 Jul 19 23:06
*LOWRY
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 20 Jul 19 23:11
16 of the previous 19 OPEN Champions were at/within 3 of the lead through 54 holes... FLEET is 4 back... just saying Devil
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 20 Jul 19 23:47
With thanks to Ben Coley who reports from Royal Portrush where Shane Lowry is living a charmed life.

God knows how many pints of Guinness have been necked in Portrush this week. Those who’ve been in the Harbour Bar until the wee small hours, though, will have become familiar with a certain phrase: hair of the dog. If the hangover hurts, just drink it away; do what you did the day before.

It was something like that which happened in the Open Championship on Saturday. Following the magical conclusion to the first 36 holes, where Rory McIlroy let the mask slip and at last came sailing home to Northern Ireland, what else could we do but wake up, try to piece together what happened the night before, and just keep on drinking.
Shane Lowry picked up the pieces left behind by McIlroy, and he whipped them into one of the most remarkable rounds of golf you will see. It was an afternoon so hazy and warm it almost didn’t feel real. For once, golf passed by in a flash. It’s funny how much quicker it is when you don’t hit the ball as often.

Well before eight o’clock, half an hour before the rain came, the Irishman arrived on the 18th green with a putt for just the second ever 62 in major championship history. He settled for one of the many 63s, a round of golf which was the best of the day by two and, significantly, gave him a lead of four over Tommy Fleetwood.
Rounds of 68, 67 and 66 would have Fleetwood leading just about any tournament, and should have him leading this one. But he’s in a distant second, because on Saturday he bumped into a higher power, as this buzzing crowd carried their man – and make no mistake, he is their man – to the clubhouse.

Along the way, Lowry was allowed down to earth to sprinkle magic dust all over this links turf which he twice conquered as an amateur. He threw an approach shot to kick-in range at the third, chipped it close at the fifth, holed a nice putt on the ninth. It was serene progress on an afternoon of unexpected calm.
No doubt, Lowry had the weather on his side and he led a charmed life at the start of the back-nine. At the 10th, some clear thinking helped extricate him from a tricky spot for an eventual birdie which jabbed at the ribs of J.B. Holmes. At the 14th, Lowry’s drive was so low and so short that it struck a spectator, before falling to the ground and landing softly on a bed of sideways grass.

Sensing the moment, Lowry holed a 15-foot putt at the 15th, bent Calamity Corner to his will for another at the 16th, and went from A to B to C for the simplest three at the 17th. Suddenly he was away and gone and it made no difference to the final analysis that his final putt was half a roll short.
If it all seems too perfect to be quite believable, that’s because it was. One marshal said he'd never heard noise like it - and he's been doing this gig for 15 years. The roars which met Lowry down the 18th made the spine tingle and he'll do well to get some rest before attempting to do this again, to extend this session into the small hours of Sunday.

This tournament still threatens to become very real, very quickly, with weather so fearsome that tee-times have been brought forward. At least Lowry, who overcame wind and rain to win the Irish Open as an amateur a decade ago, won’t have quite as long to dwell on the seriousness of the situation.
There is work still to be done. Lowry has a four-shot lead over Fleetwood, a six-shot lead over Holmes, and a seven-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose, but the battle has barely started. And he knows that a four-shot lead is not a safe one: he was in fact the last man to fail to convert from this position in a major, at the 2016 US Open.
Lowry, though, has never been better, and there must be every chance he goes on to complete a spectacular week in Portrush. He might not be from round here, but he is a regular visitor, he loves the golf course, and there’s no doubt that Saturday’s support came from both sides of the border.

Well sometimes this life is like being afloat
On a raging sea in a little row-boat
Just trying not to be washed overboard
But if you take your chances and you ride your luck
And you never, never, never, never, never give up
Those waves will see you safely to a friendly shore

If Lowry can live this Charmed Life for one day more, he will become the Champion Golfer of the Year, and Portrush may never get rid of the hangover. Go on ye good thing.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jul 19 00:02
Only one player – Fleetwood – is within five strokes of Lowry through 54 holes. Over the last fifty years, only five percent of Majors have been won by players trailing by six or more entering the final round. Tommy is trying to become the first Open Championship winner from England since Sir Nick Faldo in 1992. The last Open winner from England not named Faldo was Tony Jacklin fifty years ago.

Lee Westwood started the day just one off the lead, shot under par Saturday, yet finds himself eight shots back through 54 holes. Westwood, age 46, is trying to become the oldest Open champion since Old Tom Morris in 1867.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jul 19 00:27
EARLY START due to weather...

07.32   Ashton Turner Catchme Ifyoucan  15/4    1/2
07:42    Shubhankar Sharma Kiradech Aphibarnrat    7/4    10/11
07:52    Nino Bertasio Eddie Pepperell    13/5    4/6
08:02    Thorbjorn Olesen Paul Waring    5/6    13/8
08:12    Branden Grace Jason Kokrak    1/1    6/4
08:22    Callum Shinkwin Jim Furyk    15/8    3/4
08:32    Bubba Watson Kevin Streelman    6/5    6/5
08:42    Bernd Wiesberger Kyle Stanley    11/13    13/8
08:57    Paul Casey Benjamin Hebert    11/17    11/5

09:07    Matt Wallace Adam Hadwin    10/11    13/8
09:17    Thomas Pieters Francesco Molinari    9/5    4/5
09:27    Louis Oosthuizen Andrew Wilson    1/2    15/4
09:37    Yosuke Asaji Stewart Cink    24/13    8/11
09:47    Joost Luiten Doc Redman    10/11    8/1    13/8
09:57    Ryan Fox Innchoon Hwang    11/13    8/1    13/8
10:07    Charley Hoffman Yuki Inamori    8/11    2/1
10:17    Ernie Els Lucas Bjerregaard    28/15    10/11
10:32    Aaron Wise Lucas Glover    13/10    8/1    21/20
10:42    Sergio Garcia Patrick Cantlay    7/5    1/1
10:52    Mikko Korhonen Dustin Johnson    11/4    4/7

11:02    Robert MacIntyre Rory Sabbatini    5/4    5/4
11:12    Romain Langasque Kevin Kisner    6/4    10/11
11:22    Graeme McDowell Tom Lewis    4/5    28/15
11:32    Erik van Rooyen Justin Harding    10/11    8/5
11:42    Tyrrell Hatton Webb Simpson    13/10    11/10
11:52    Byeong-Hun An Matthew Fitzpatrick    6/4    19/20
12:07    Patrick Reed Justin Thomas    6/4    11/13
12:17    Russell Knox Sanghyun Park    4/6    15/8
12:27    Xander Schauffele Cameron Smith    4/6    1/10
12:37    Dylan Frittelli Andrew Putnam    15/13    6/5
12:47    Alex Noren Matt Kuchar    13/8    8/1    5/6

12:57    Henrik Stenson Jordan Spieth    21/20    7/5
13:07    Tony Finau Jon Rahm    17/10    8/1    4/5
13:17    Danny Willett Lee Westwood    6/5    11/10
13:27    Justin Rose Rickie Fowler    1/1    5/4
13:37    J B Holmes Brooks Koepka    16/5    1/2
13:47    Tommy Fleetwood Shane Lowry    5/6    15/8
Tongue Out
By:
xmoneyx
When: 21 Jul 19 08:09
weather update

no rain until 11am

wind a guessing game

leaders lucky, unlucky?
By:
rommel
When: 21 Jul 19 09:11
if the weather comes,gotta take on lowry,as imperious as he was yesterday,nights sleep on a big lead and the weather....
By:
rommel
When: 21 Jul 19 09:14
then,being a homie has suited sl,whereas it wrecked mincers head
By:
anxious
When: 21 Jul 19 09:19
the weather could be the deciding factor here , Fleetwood , rose , koepka , fowler etc not out of it
By:
rommel
When: 21 Jul 19 09:26
shane couldnt have played it better yesterday tho...even that might get to him,think fleets looked v solid,had an air about him that this is his time,well my take on it anyway
By:
anxious
When: 21 Jul 19 09:30
Speith on 7 under to far back probably but on 80s worth a small bet , rose at 18s and 20s 9 under till has chance
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 21 Jul 19 09:38
have they moved the tee times forward? I thought the last group in the open was always after 3pm
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 21 Jul 19 09:38
sup anxious
By:
rommel
When: 21 Jul 19 09:44
lowry has gotta come back to them hasnt he,then others like fowler speith may get into it
By:
rommel
When: 21 Jul 19 09:44
last 2 out 1.47 pm
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 21 Jul 19 09:59
just cant see how lowry can blow this unless tommy has a magical final round
By:
rommel
When: 21 Jul 19 10:08
looked granite yesterday sl,not one blip
By:
ashleigh
When: 21 Jul 19 10:35
anyone like a player in the without market? koepka,fowler or westwood?
By:
jackkat
When: 21 Jul 19 10:37
Hang on now I'm no golf pro but why have the T times been brought forward for the forecast of bad weather that has not been done all week you just have to take what weather you get I'm sure they did the same when Rory won is it an Irish thing and would the T times been brought forward if 2 Americans had been in the final 2
By:
pauliow
When: 21 Jul 19 10:43
I was thinking exactly the same. Surely this will give an advantage to somebody
By:
drive for show putt for dough
When: 21 Jul 19 10:51
A lot depends on the weather.

If it blows then easy to start dropping shots. Key for Shane would be to avoid the big numbers
By:
drive for show putt for dough
When: 21 Jul 19 10:53
same for everyone - would think they would want to avoid 35mph gusts as if the balls start moving it would be suspended and they will want to finish today
By:
pauliow
When: 21 Jul 19 10:56
So its suspended. Come back tomorrow, it is what it is
By:
drive for show putt for dough
When: 21 Jul 19 11:00
far more pragmatic to move the tee times up a couple of hours and wrap it up today
By:
sofiakenny
When: 21 Jul 19 11:20
weather looks tame...wind nothing special.  rain not that heavy...great news for leaders.
By:
frames
When: 21 Jul 19 11:23
Great news indeed ,shame they are not out for a couple of hours.
By:
sofiakenny
When: 21 Jul 19 11:36
winds forecast 10-12 mph..nowt to worry about.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jul 19 11:37
By The Minute Golf

@ByTheMinGol

Heres scruffy macduff onto the 1st tee. I wryly refer to Graeme McDuill, who hasnt shaved since 2010 at Pebble Beach Laugh
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jul 19 11:41
A round of golf on your birthday? There are definitely worse things in life
By:
frames
When: 21 Jul 19 11:42
Different forecast to that the R&A have ,let them know.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jul 19 11:42
Casey birthday boy
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jul 19 11:45
WEATHER FORECAST is for Storm Shane to hit about 2pm today

https://www.accuweather.com/en/gb/portrush/bt56-8/weather-forecast/327342

HTH Devil
By:
frames
When: 21 Jul 19 11:46
That was good.

Average age of the Open winner 32.4 years
Average World ranking 33

Shane is 33 in the world and aged 32.4 years.

Might as well get on with the presentation.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jul 19 11:47
By The Minute Golf on TWITTER......

@ByTheMinGolf


Sergio on 5. Drives the green. Gone. OB. Kaput. Too bad. Back in my day we darent have a crack at it. Whoops
By:
sofiakenny
When: 21 Jul 19 11:47
What is the world coming to when I can't trust the BBC?
By:
sofiakenny
When: 21 Jul 19 11:51
Cmiyc..that forecast looks fairly tame.
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