Golf-Australian Smith enters the third round of the British Open

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British Open leader Cameron Smith started his third round in glorious sunshine under clear blue skies in St Andrews on Saturday, two strokes ahead of American Cameron Young. Australian Smith, who rode rounds of 67 and 64 to top the standings with 13 under par, sent his first tee shot safely down the middle of the fairway.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Norway’s Viktor Hovland parried the first hole and were joined within 10 by two-time major champion Dustin Johnson. Americans Scottie Scheffler, the world number one, and Patrick Cantlay were eight under alongside Irishman Shane Lowry, who made back-to-back eagles, and Briton Tommy Fleetwood who had five shots in the first 16 holes .

Americans Jordan Spieth, Talor Gooch and Will Zalatoris, Britain’s Tyrrell Hatton and Australia’s Adam Scott were seven under with American Kevin Kisner birdying nine in a sparkling round of 65. the 2019 Open, helped on the ninth hole and repeated the feat on the 10th to get to nine under before dropping a shot on the 12th.

The first starters took advantage of the mild conditions on the Old Course. Italy’s Francesco Molinari, the 2018 Open champion, birdied seven for 66 to move to six under, tied with American Bryson DeChambeau who had ninth en route to a 67.

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