"So to be back and be in a different position, it feels good, and to be talked about as one of the guys that could win, and to already have a Claret Jug is very nice, but obviously I want to add to my collection".
Xander Schauffele (67) and Kevin Kisner (68) at 9-under 204.
Danny Willett believes he can finally see some light at the end of the long, dark tunnel he has been inhabiting since his 2016 U.S. Masters victory.
He didn't have the best score.
Fellow early starter McIlroy, by contrast, was extremely pleased after he mixed four birdies with two bogeys.
Tiger Woods had a 66 and was four shots behind, the closest he has been going into the final round at a major in five years. "It's going to be fun".
It was far from all doom and gloom, even if steady rain did dominate the majority of the day's play, for the South African cause with Van Rooyen finishing where he started the day and just two off the overnight lead. "So it was nice to make that move", said the 37-year-old, who only made the cut thanks to a birdie at the last on Friday.
His approach shot to the 10th green landed a foot from the cup and he duly tapped in for another birdie, flashing a contented smile. Dustin Johnson is the 12-1 favorite in the latest 2018 British Open odds as he seeks his second career major win and first Open Championship title. He failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker at 18.
Belgium third after 2-0 win over England
That holds true even if the two teams that are playing are arguably two of the most entertaining teams in the tournament. ITV is showing today's match between England and Belgium , with coverage starting at 2.30pm and kick-off set for 3pm.
"I'm pretty hopeful we'll never be in as dark a place as we were", he said.
"This is our oldest championship and to come back to such a historic site just brings back so many great memories from playing here as an amateur and from the two Opens I've played", said the former world number one.
The wind is expected to be the strongest it has been all week.
It was there for only 20 minutes.
However, a two-over-par 74 dropped him into a tie for fourth place, two shots behind eventual victor Russell Knox. He figured it would at least keep him in range.
Saturday's third round of the British Open was like living a life from a time gone by, reuniting with a form of yourself you thought had been left in the past.
"I greatly appreciate how the game was formed over here, how this championship came into fruition back in 1860". "I've got a chance at this, which is great".
However, two holes later he dropped a shot after three-putting at the short 16th, and a rueful shake of the head confirmed his disapproval.
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And, if all else fails, Croatia can always go into a penalty shootout confident that they will come out as winners. Robert Prosinecki, a member of the 1998 squad, told AFP: "I would so much like that they be better than us".
Shortly after Woods finished his round, Italy's Francesco Molinari seized the clubhouse lead on six under par after a superb, bogey-free round of 65.
Ireland's Paul Dunne carded a steady level-par 71.
2011 victor Darren Clarke is a further shot back.
Of the five players separated by three shots, only Spieth has experience winning a major.
It was pitch black.
"I felt like it was a typical set-up for a moving day today".
"I think maybe a little bit tomorrow just to expect the unexpected". And it's the first time he has had to look over his shoulder at Woods.
John McEnroe had predicted everything about Roger Federer's Wimbledon loss
It will be the 31-year-old Serb's first semi-final at a Slam since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam. Anderson never had made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve.
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