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2019 British Open: Brooks Koepka is optimistic despite the distance seven sticks with tops of the board

2019 British Open: Brooks Koepka is optimistic despite the distance seven sticks with tops of the board

Four major owners achieved a total of -9 points in their first three days of competition, but still believe in their championship chances at the last major of the year.

"No one hit the ball better than I did in this tournament," Koepka said after the third round on July 20. "My problem is the trick, I missed too many opportunities. Opportunities remain and I need to do better on the last day. The weather in the Royal Portrush is hard to guess, the wind, the rain will come and whatever can happen".

Brooks Koepka birdie two holes at the end of the third round to reach a total of -9, rising to T4 with Justin Rose. But the five birdies and a bogey of golfer in the world have not been outstanding achievements on the day of yesterday's competition (July 20). Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood beat 63 and 66 sticks (par71) respectively, thereby taking a big advantage in the championship race. Lowry kept the top of the table with -16, while Fleetwood reached -12 before the final round.

"When you look at the stroke gained on the green, you will see that I am the worst donor in the tournament," Koepka continued. "There are always weeks like this. Sometimes you feel like you will get good shots, but you will ruin everything on your own. Hope that doesn't happen again at the end of the day."

With four strokes at the same time as Fleetwood, seven strokes were the brightest of the tournament by Koepka and Rose, Shane Lowry's championship door. Ireland Golfer did not bother with the team chasing, but admitted worried about the weather conditions predicted to have strong winds and cold rain in the Royal Portrush.

"It will be a very difficult day," Lowry said. "The weather, as far as I know, will be very bad. But I am taking advantage and the only thing I can do is to maintain what I have shown throughout the year. I will come out without bothering to end. The results of the previous rounds as well as those of other golfers, get the best score possible. Hopefully the score tomorrow will be enough for me to be crowned".

The Open organizers schedule the final round of an hour earlier than expected, due to fears of bad weather. The fourth round will start at 14:32 (GMT+8). The group with the top two golfers, Lowry and Fleetwood, will tee-off at 20h47 (GMT+8). Koepka (point -9) and J.B. Holmes (-10) came out 10 minutes earlier.

Some remarkable results after the third round: -16: Lowry; -12: Fleetwood; -10: Holmes; -9: Koepka, Rose; -8: Fowler, Westwood; -7: Willett, Rahm, Finau, Spieth; -6: Stenson, Noren, Kuchar, Frittelli, Putnam, Smith; -5: Schauffele.