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Saturday 18 November 2017

Shane Lowry shoots sizzling 66, hands out cans of Guinness to fans on the loudest hole in golf

Harry Clarke

Shane Lowry's popularity continues to grow and grow and yesterday the Offalyman endeared himself to thousands of fans on the 'loudest hole in golf'.

The par-three 16th at TPC Scottsdale is an iconic setting and home of some of the rowdiest golf fans in the world. Over 200,000 people swarm the course at the Phoenix Open but the 16th is where they really want to be.

And those lucky enough to have a birds-eye view yesterday were treated to something extra special when Lowry arrived with a bag of cans of Guinness - all of which were signed by the man himself - and dished them out to fans and he has promised there will be more of the same today.

Lowry had good reason to be cheerful on the 16th after a stunning start to his third round with four consecutive birdies to go to the turn at four-under. Birdies followed at 13 and 18 with a bogey at the 11th to leave the Irishman six shots off the lead.

“Yeah, it was good, the best I played in a long time,” said Lowry after his round.

“I feel like I should have been a lot better. I think I had four putts I missed within four feet, and three of them were for birdie so it was one of those days where I’m really happy with my score –I think I have a chance going into tomorrow – but it could have been better.”

Byeong Hun An holds a one-shot lead over Scotland's Martin Laird going into the final round.

Both players shot six-under-par rounds of 65 at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course, with halfway joint-leader An claiming an outright advantage on 16 under par.

The Korean, who shot to prominence when he won the European Tour's flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2015, took advantage of some excellent approach play on the front nine to make four close-range birdies.

Further gains came from 12 feet on the 10th and six feet on the 17th to give An a slender advantage over Laird, who after dropping a shot on the second responded with four consecutive birdies from the third.

The 34-year-old, who picked up the last of his previous three PGA Tour titles in Texas four years ago, then picked up further shots on the 13th, 14th and 18th.

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