The Open Championship 2023 comes to an end on Sunday
Brian Harman goes into the finals of the Open Championship with a commanding lead, with the American leading Royal Liverpool by five shots.
The American, who will start his fourth round on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at -12 accompanied by Cameron Young (-7), stayed calm on Saturday despite Jon Rahm’s attack. The Spaniard, who described the hot 63 as the best links round of his life, put himself in the game at -6. It was the Spaniard’s lowest-ever major round and the lowest ever in Open history at Royal Liverpool. Further down the leaderboard are Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Sepp Straka, Antoine Rozner and Jason Day, all at -5.
Harman, who became the first player since Louis Oosthuizen in 2010 to lead the Open by five strokes after 36 holes, is aiming to break through and win his first major. At the 2017 US Open, he failed to capitalize on a one-shot lead in the third round, eventually falling four shots behind Brooks Koepka. Follow live coverage from Round 4 of the 151st Open Championship in Hoylake below:
The Open 2023: Birdie chance missed for Straka
Straka-7 (13), Fleetwood-6 (13)
The Austrian throws himself plenty of birdies as he makes the turn, but his last attempt from 18ft just ends up being lost down the left. So close yet so far.
Fleetwood looks increasingly frustrated as he has to settle for another par.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:36 p.m
The Open: Pars for Harman and Young
Harman -12 (10), Young -5 (10)
As stable as you’d like from Harman, who hits another two-putt par to stay at -12. Cam Young also finds pars, but the American is seven behind and needs birdies.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:34 p.m
The Open 2023: Birdie chance for McIlroy
McIlroy -6 (15), Grillo -6 (15)
The rain really lengthens this golf course and causes problems for McIlroy and Grillo on the par 5 15 as neither of them can reach the green.
A McIlroy wedge puts him rock hard in front of the green and gives him a 13ft club for par. The ball doesn’t drop and Rory gets another chance. You have the feeling that this is his race.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:30 p.m
The Open 2023: Rahm stays behind six
Cream -6 (10). Day -6 (11)
The series without a birdie continues for the Spaniard, because his long-distance attempt at a birdie in tenth place fails. He still has some work to do to save his par, but the Spaniard makes no mistake.
Up front on the 11th, Day has a great look at the 11th birdie, but he’s in disbelief as his shot just veers to the left.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:24 p.m
The Open 2023: Wheels fall out for Young as it’s the leader’s turn
Harman -12 (9), Young -5 (9)
I thought Cam Young might be one of the guys who could take Harman down best. But a front nine-37 won’t make it as the American bogeyes on the 9th.
Another solid par for Harman, who turns with a five shot lead.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:19 p.m
The Open 2023: Birdies for McIlroy and Grillo
McIlroy -6 (14), Grillo -6 (14)
13ft and Rory converts for his first birdie since 5. It’s badly needed for the world number two, but he needs birdies on almost every single hole to have a chance.
Griillo won’t go away either as he makes his third of five birdies and joins Rory at -6.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:16 p.m
The Open 2023: Bounce back birdie for Straka
Straka-7 (11), Fleetwood-6 (11)
After Rahm vacates the -7 position in the leaderboard, fellow European Straka takes his place as his birdie attempt narrowly hits the left edge and bears away on the 11th.
Fleetwood can’t quite keep up and stays at -6.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:13 p.m
The Open 2023: Rahm makes bogey
Himmm, not what the doctor ordered. After missing the birdie putt on the last hole, the Spaniard goes left into the ninth hole. He’s trying to maintain an equal footing, albeit for longer than he would have liked, and that extra distance is costly. The putt is pushed wide and it’s now back at -6.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:10 p.m
The Open 2023: Solid par from Harman
Harman -12 (8), Young -6 (8)
With a five-shot lead, Harman doesn’t have to take any chances. And he knows it. The American safely finds the green in regular play and makes up two putts to find a par. 11 more of those and he should run away with the Claret Jug.
Youg’s putt is agonizingly close to landing on the right edge of the hole and the American would have just missed.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:08 p.m
The Open 2023: Chip-in by Day
Well, that’s one way to get back on your feet at seven from a sucker! Birdie at eight before a great chip in from the other side of the green brought him back to -6.
Ben FlemingJuly 23, 2023 4:04 p.m