Ireland’s Shane Lowry will aim to take a step closer to glory at The Open when he kick-starts the third round as joint leader. Here, PA looks ahead to the third round at Royal Portrush.
Irish star Shane Lowry so nearly secured the lead all to himself at The Open, but had to be content to share with JB Holmes after dropping a shot at the 18th on Friday.
American JB Holmes will have a fight on his hands to stay top of The Open’s leaderboard when round two gets into swing.
America’s JB Holmes bagged the overnight lead on Thursday with a five-under-par 66 as Royal Portrush hosted The Open for the first time since 1951.
Open favourite Rory McIlroy suffered a nightmare start and a finish that was almost as bad to effectively end his hopes of lifting the Claret Jug on home soil at Royal Portrush.
Open favourite Rory McIlroy was battling to recover from a nightmare start to his bid to lift the Claret Jug on home soil after recording a quadruple bogey on the first hole at Royal Portrush.
Open favourite Rory McIlroy suffered a nightmare start in his bid to win the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush after recording a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole.
Former champion Darren Clarke enjoyed a dream start to his home Open after taking an unexpected early lead on day one of the 148th championship.
Former Open champion Darren Clarke relived former glories in front of an adoring home crowd after taking an early lead in the 148th championship.
Local hero Darren Clarke will take the honour of hitting the first shot of The Open at Royal Portrush on Thursday, as Northern Ireland hosts the prestigious tournament for the first time in 68 years.
Graeme McDowell admits “facing the demons of mortality” got his career back on track in time to realise his ambition of playing in the Open in his home town of Portrush.