Fleetwood makes hay in British Open third round

 22 Jul 2017 - 15:35

Fleetwood makes hay in British Open third round
England's Tommy Fleetwood prepares to play his iron shot from the 5th tee during his second round on day two of the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale golf course near Southport in north west England on July 21, 2017. (AFP / Ben STANSALL)

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Southport, United Kingdom: England's Tommy Fleetwood made the most of perfect early conditions to shoot a four-under-par 66 in the third round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Saturday.

Fleetwood, who hails from the coastal town of Southport and used to sneak onto the Birkdale course as a youngster, had four birdies and a fine eagle at the par-5 15th as he climbed to one over par in total.

Playing alongside fellow Englishman Justin Rose, the pairing attracted a large following around the course in benign, mild conditions that were in stark contrast to the miserable weather on Friday afternoon.

Rose finished fourth here as a teenage amateur in 1998 but has not been able to get into contention this week -- he shot a 69 to creep to four-over.

The pleasant conditions enabled some low scoring elsewhere in the morning, with South Africa's Shaun Norris shooting a five-under 65 to go back to level par overall after going out on his own in the first tee-time at 9:20am (0820 GMT).

Jordan Spieth leads the championship at six under par, two shots ahead of fellow American Matt Kuchar. They tee off in the final pairing at 3:55pm.

England's Ian Poulter, runner-up here to Padraig Harrington in 2008, and current US Open champion Brooks Koepka, are both three-under.