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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Rory McIlroy moved into the void left by the departure of...

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Rory McIlroy moved into the void left by the departure of Tiger Woods at The Open, holing a bunker shot for eagle and revving up the gallery at St. Andrews at each flip Saturday as he moved nearer to ending his stretch of eight years with out a main.

Nonetheless to come back is another spherical on a stage he shares with Norwegian star Viktor Hovland. They every posted a 6-under 66 within the third spherical, constructing a 4-shot cushion by avoiding the blunders that despatched so many contenders within the flawed course.

Cameron Smith, who began with a 2-shot lead, took double bogey on the 13th gap when he tried a daring play along with his ft in a pot bunker. Cameron Young went over the inexperienced after which again down the opposite facet for a double bogey on the 16th gap.

Dustin Johnson putted throughout the inexperienced and right into a bunker and fell 6 photographs behind.

McIlroy and Hovland had no such bother Saturday, ending the day at 16-under 200.

Hovland holed a pair of 40-foot putts on his option to 4 straight birdies on the entrance 9 to grab the lead. McIlroy lastly caught him by holing out from a pot bunker some 80 ft away for eagle on the 10th gap, setting off a roar that could possibly be heard all the way in which again on the Royal & Historical clubhouse.

McIlroy solely a day earlier tipped his cap to Woods as he began his second spherical and Woods was on his option to lacking the lower, crossing the Swilcan Bridge for what might need been the final time. The R&A set the tee occasions that manner so they might cross one another.

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Woods stands alone in driving the game, though McIlroy is now the preferred worldwide, and it appeared like that — on the primary tee when McIlroy was launched, for each birdie and when he took the lead for the primary time with a birdie on the 14th.

“I really like that I’ve acquired a lot help,” McIlroy stated. “However on the similar time, I must maintain in my very own little world and attempt to play spherical of golf. Hopefully, that is sufficient.”

His lone mistake was popping out of the left tough and over the 17th inexperienced, throughout the highway and close to the stone wall. He performed a secure pitch onto the inexperienced and two-putted for bogey.

Hovland, bogey-free for the spherical, confirmed off some magic of his personal on the 17th by laying aside the filth path simply wanting the highway, up the hill to about 5 ft for a par.

At 24, Hovland already has six wins world wide after a stellar newbie profession at Oklahoma State, together with a U.S. Novice title at Pebble Seashore.

That is his first massive second in a serious, and he sounded as much as the duty. Hovland additionally noticed — and heard — what the might be up towards Sunday.

“I get a pair in there,” he stated of the cheers so closely slanted towards McIlroy. “I am most likely an underdog, however I do not thoughts that in any respect. Hopefully, we are able to push ourselves tomorrow.”

Smith missed a brief birdie probability on the 18th and had a 73. His largest mistake was not getting the ball again in play on the 13th, as an alternative attempting to advance the ball and stepping into powerful spots. He additionally three-putted from 30 ft to begin his spherical and made simply two birdies.

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Younger, the PGA Tour rookie who completed 1 shot out of a playoff on the PGA Championship two months in the past, had a 71.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was lurking after a 69. He missed a 10-foot birdie probability on the 16th after which three-putted the 17th for a bogey. Scheffler, who completed 1 shot behind within the U.S. Open, had a 69 and was 5 strokes again together with Si Woo Kim (67).

Johnson additionally was inside three photographs till a bogey on the 13th and one other on the par-5 14th, the place his lengthy eagle putt raced up a hill, throughout the inexperienced and right into a pot bunker. As a substitute of birdie, he needed to scramble for bogey. He dropped two extra photographs coming in for a 71 and was 6 behind.

McIlroy final gained a serious in 2014 on the PGA Championship at Valhalla. He would love nothing greater than to win on the dwelling of golf, on the Previous Course the place Jack Nicklaus as soon as stated a participant’s profession wouldn’t be full with out successful the Claret Jug at St. Andrews.

“Each a part of my sport has felt good this week,” McIlroy stated. “I simply must maintain it going for another day.”