Brian Harman holds firm at the Open as Young and Rahm lead chasing pack

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Jon rampaged. It looked as if this could be Jason’s day. By the end of it, Brian Harman stood firm and proud atop the Open Championship leaderboard. The hunter from Georgia, not content with slaying Royal Liverpool Golf Club, wants to take out some of the biggest names in the sport. With the Hoylake venue rendered defenceless by weather conditions, star attractions arrived to swing at the surprise leader.

Harman, after a brief wobble, regained his composure. The Open is his to lose, from a position of five shots clear. At the final hole of the third round, he offered momentary hope to others by sitting wide of the green in three. Harman duly chipped and putted for a par five. Rounds of 67, 65 and 69 equal 12 under par. He is yet to miss a putt from inside 10ft.

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Written by Ewan Murray at Royal Liverpool
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