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The Open 2018: Justin Rose shoots 64 at Carnoustie

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The Open 2018: Justin Rose shoots 64 at Carnoustie

Rose caps off unbelievable spherical of 64 with two birdies

England’s Justin Rose shot a career-best spherical of 64 at a significant to maneuver up the third-round leaderboard at The Open in beneficial circumstances at Carnoustie.

Rose, 37, sneaked previous the lower however sunk seven birdies on Saturday to go inside two pictures of the leaders at 4 beneath.

“I’ll want an excellent higher last spherical to win however I’ve given myself an opportunity,” the world quantity three stated.

Chris Wooden regarded set to match Rose’s spherical, however two late bogeys meant the Englishman signed for 66.

The 30-year-old, who was fifth as an novice in 2008 and third a yr later, is three beneath for the match.

Each gamers fell in need of the course document of 63 set by compatriot Tommy Fleetwood – who tees off at 15:50 BST on Saturday – final yr.

Rose carded the joint-lowest Open spherical at Carnoustie – matching Steve Stricker and Richard Inexperienced in 2007 – however fell in need of Branden Grace’s main document of 62, which the South African recorded at The Open final yr.

Rose’s dream ‘nonetheless alive’

Rose burst on to the scene as a 17-year-old novice at Royal Birkdale in 1998, memorably chipping in on the final gap to clinch tied fourth on his Open debut.

Twenty years on, the world quantity three is a US Open and Olympic champion however has not been in a position to higher that debut efficiency at his residence main.

It regarded like he would miss the lower at Carnoustie, solely to birdie the 18th on Friday to maneuver to a few over and guarantee he would return on the weekend.

Rose took full benefit of his reprieve with an exquisite third spherical in serene circumstances on the Scottish hyperlinks.

He made a assured begin with birdies on the primary and sixth holes to show in 34, then accelerated on the again 9 with 5 extra – together with the ultimate two holes – to raised his second-round 66 at Birkdale.

“There’s all the time a chance to get out early and publish one thing – the course was recent. It was comparatively calm and benign,” he stated.

“I assumed the pins have been a contact simpler than within the first few days. There was little doubt there was a very good rating on at this time.

“The dream continues to be alive if you find yourself right here on a Saturday.”

Rose was one of many early third-round starters, with the in a single day leaders aiming to maneuver away from the Englishman in circumstances forecast to nonetheless be beneficial.

Scotland’s Paul Lawrie got here from 10 pictures behind after 54 holes to win the 1999 Open at Carnoustie, whereas Rose himself overcame an eight-stroke deficit to win the WGC Champions title in Shanghai final October.

Evaluation

Ken Brown, BBC commentator and former European Tour participant:

Watching Justin Rose ending final night time when he knew precisely what he wanted to do to make the lower was fascinating. He was grafting, struggling, not holing putts and even wanting like he was going to make one earlier than one lastly dropped on the 18th.

This morning, he got here out refreshed, birdied the primary with a putt from distance – and growth, he was off and operating.

He completed 3-3-Three and that will not be bettered all week. His best-ever spherical at a significant means, as issues stands, he’s two off the lead. I am certain there shall be some low scores this afternoon, but when the wind picks up, he may not be far off.

What sticks in my thoughts as I look out of the again of our studio is that I can see him on the placing inexperienced, an hour after he completed his spherical, nonetheless engaged on his sport. I assure he’s ready higher that anybody else and is reaping the rewards.

He may simply be the winner, …

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