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Sunday 19 November 2017

Clarke and Glover in fight for top spot at British Open

Darren Clarke birdies his first hole in round three. Photo: Reuters
Darren Clarke birdies his first hole in round three. Photo: Reuters

Press Association

The Third round of the British Open has turned into a fight for survival, as Darren Clarke and Lucas Glover fight the elements and each other for the top spot. Shortly after Mr Clarke teed off, he birdied his first hole setting the pace at Royal St George's, in Sandwich England.

Earlier in the day Tom Watson was unable to maintain form, three-putting the 11th and dropping another shot on the 12th to fall back to one over for the day.

And worse possibly lay in store on the 14th judging by the scores of others on the 543-yard par-five, with Lawrie and Casey taking seven, Woodland eight and France's Gregory Havret a 10.

Rory McIlroy was also struggling to stay in touch, the US Open champion dropping two shots in the first three holes - just as he had done in the opening round on Thursday.

The 22-year-old safely parred the fourth, but then missed a short birdie putt on the fifth after hitting his drive on the 417-yard par-four to around 30 yards short of the green.

At two over par he was now six off the lead, with the last group due out shortly after 3pm.

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