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Sunday, 21 July 2019
Shane Lowry  (Getty Images)
Shane Lowry (Getty Images)

Shane Lowry wrote his name into the record books as he fired a spotless 63 on day three of the 148th Open Championship to move four shots clear of nearest challenger Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the leaderboard.

His eight under par effort set a new course record for the revised layout at Royal Portrush Golf Club and put him in pole position to claim his first Major Championship.

The atmosphere was nothing short of electric on Saturday as Irishman Lowry was roared on by a capacity crowd but he did not look to be under any pressure, instead feeding off the considerable noise being made by his legion of fans.

Here is how social media reacted to Lowry's special third round.

The man with more Major titles than anyone else, Jack Nicklaus, was watching closely as Lowry made history.

Former footballers John Aldridge, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer were impressed with Lowry's efforts.

So was two time Open Champion and fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-15
2FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-9
3FINAU, TonyUSA18-7
T4WESTWOOD, LeeENG18-6
T4KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-6
T6MACINTYRE, RobertSCO18-5

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