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Shane Lowry Maintains Medal Hopes Heading Into Final Day

His third round is in the books in Tokyo.

Shane Lowry kept the pace with the other medal hopes despite not capitalising fully on a magnificent front nine fully. 

Birdies on 3,5,6 and 8 put Lowry bang in contention but he could only manage +1 thru the remaining ten holes. 

Dropped shots on 9 and 14 sandwiching a birdie on the 10th. 

It all came together for a three under par round of 68, leaving him sitting in T-9 on -10.

That's four shots of the leader Xander Schauffele on -14.

You can pinpoint where the former Open Champion's can make up ground on the final day. 

Here's how he has played each hole over the first three days: 

  1. E
  2. -2
  3. -1
  4. E
  5. -1
  6. -2
  7. -1
  8. -2
  9. +2
  10. E
  11. -1
  12. +1
  13. -1
  14. E
  15. E
  16. -2
  17. E
  18. E

Rory McIlroy is one spot ahead of him in T-5 after shooting a 67 earlier this morning. 

He's one of four players on -11. Carlos Ortiz and Paul Casey both sit on -12, with hometown hero and Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama one shot off the lead on -13. 

It's turning out to be a fascinating weekend and Shane Lowry is still bang in with a shot of becoming an Olympic medallist. 

The two Irishmen will play together on the final day, you'll have to set the alarm clocks early. It's a 2:36am start Irish time. 


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