Open 2022 LIVE: standings and scores as Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland share the lead in the finals

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Open 2022 LIVE: standings and scores as Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland share the lead in the finals

Was this Tiger Woods’ last trip to St Andrews?

Rory McIlroy has a chance to end his eight-year drought and conquer golf’s ‘holy grail’ by taking part of the lead into the final round of the Open Championship at St Andrews. McIlroy is joined by Viktor Hovland at the top of the Open standings after the pair engaged in a thrilling battle on Saturday that saw both players shoot rounds of 66 to move four shots clear of the chasing pack.

McIlroy and Hovland will start out together again, this time in the last group, but ahead of them is a large group of star players who will try to apply the pressure. Australia’s Cameron Smith, who led into the weekend, is four strokes behind alongside Cameron Young – with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and former Masters champion Dustin Johnson also in the running.

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood will also be hoping to give chase, but the focus will be on McIlroy as he seeks to win his fifth major title and add to his previous Open Championship of 2014. There’s nothing quite like winning the Open at St Andrews however, especially in the 150th year of the championship. “I put myself in a great position after three days,” said McIlroy. “I’ve played enough golf tournaments in my time to feel like I know what to do.”

Follow below for live updates from the Open and the latest St Andrews standings:

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The Open 2022

It’s 78.5ft for Hovland on four, the enormous putt can only be reduced to 10ft, a tester for par coming our way.

Shovel for a birdie on 16, it stays out on the left. He stays at -11.

McIlroy with the same putt Young made on four, but he slips past, just a par. Still tied at -16 at the top.

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The Open 2022: Cameron Young makes his move

Majestic from Spieth at seven, perfect distance and it rolls to four feet. He moves to -12.

That’s Smith’s ideal pace on four out of about 20 feet, tap-in-par. Still -13 and three behind.

Young wants birdie on four, down the hill, left to right, it’s brilliant, birdie back to back and up to -13.

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The Open 2022

McIlroy misses from just two yards, missing a chance. Still tied at the top at -16.

Meanwhile, Cam Smith narrowly escapes the bunker from 166 yards on four, but will be about 20 feet from the flag.

DJ on five, the eagle putt is wide but he can convert to birdie at close range to get as low as -12.

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The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy with birdie chance for overall lead

Shovel with a brilliant 221-yard shot on 14, cutting the 614-yard par 5 in half and just a few yards for his eagle. He’s at -11 today, -6.

Hovland can only parry the third, McIlroy stares at birdie and a one-shot lead.

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Good impact from Young, birdie on three brings him back to where he started and -12.

Filippo Celli is close to winning the silver medal, the Italian amateur following in the footsteps of Matteo Manassero, who won the prestigious award for amateur players at the 2009 Open Championship.

An eagle putt is just wide, he taps in for a birdie to end a sensational open and posts -5.

Celli beats Aaron Jarvis, who came home earlier at +1.

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The Open 2022: Cam Smith closes the gap to Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland

It’s a birdie for Smith, closing the gap to three strokes at -13 and two ahead of the big group in fourth.

Spieth for Eagle on five, so close but an easy birdie that comes to -11.

Hatton is heating up out there, -4 through seven and -11 overall.

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The Open 2022: Cam Smith sees birdie at two

Cam Smith with a beautiful iron shot on two, flirts with the hole and comes to a stop a yard behind.

McIlroy and Hovland are unable to birdie, to the delight of the pursuers.

McIlroy fires a drive for two, perfect. Hovland suits him, a bit pale but slightly behind his co-leader.

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The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland set up birdie chances in the first places

Scheffler’s yardage attempt on two is not good, still -11.

Young with a four-foot for par who doesn’t turn after starting a half-width from the left. A bogey puts him at -11 and a tie for fourth place with six others.

Hovland down to 8ft on 1, McIlroy has 10ft or so, both looking good for Birdie to get things going.

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The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy starts in the final round

Rory McIlroy with huge cheers for the first time. Incredible atmosphere.

The Northern Irishman shoots an iron down the fairway and goes in pursuit of Major No. 5.

Viktor Hovland almost cuts off McIlroy’s ball with his tee shot, passing about five feet.

Maybe a chance for McIlroy to apply pressure?

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The Open 2022: Cam Smith and Cam Young underway

Cam Smith is looking to bounce back after a disappointing third round, it’s a tough task but at four back he’s aiming to become the first Australian player to win The Open since Greg Norman in 1993.

The last Australian to win an Open here at St Andrews was Kel Nagle in 1960.

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