The Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and the Norwegian Viktor Hovland were placed leaders of the British Open golf after the third day played this Saturday in Saint Andrews and will face the last round on Sunday with 16 shots under the course.
The two golfers, who shared a game this Saturday, traced a card of 66 strokes, although McIlroy compensated for a bogey on the 17th with an eagle on the 10th hole and Hovland presented a result without bogeys.
“In a way, we’ve pushed each other,” McIlroy said, noting knowing how to “be patient” when Hovland started racking up birdies. “It could have been much worse! The ball could have stayed in the wall, so he managed to get it on the green with the chip and finish with two putts… I am very happy that it took only five strokes” in a par 4.
The Northern Irishman also admitted his fortune on the 17th hole, one of the most complicated in Saint Andrews, which he saved with a bogey.
McIlroy and Hovland, partners in the European team that lost the last Ryder Cup against the United States, finished with a birdie on the 18th and a great duel is predicted on Sunday.
Third in the provisional classification is the American Cameron Young with -12 after a tour of 71 shots (one under par) and fourth is the Australian Cameron Smith, who started the day as leader (with three shots ahead of McIlroy and Hovland) , but the pressure got the best of him and he finished with a +1 for a total of -12.
On Sunday, McIlroy, a former world number 1, will have the opportunity to add his fifth ‘major’ of his career, which would be the first since the 2014 PGA Championship.
For Hovland, number 8 in the world ranking, it would be the first major of his career. “I don’t think there is a better place” to win his first major, admitted the Norwegian, who described it as “crazy to think of being here coming from where I come from”, from a country without a great golfing tradition.