I need a chance, and hopefully that'll be to my benefit.
They chanted his name, they rose as one for a standing ovation and long after Shane Lowry had departed the 18th green to sign for a course-record 63, the crowd were still following him across the course, singing and celebrating with abandon.
Adam Hadwin (72) of Abbotsford, B.C., was tied for 54th at 2-over par.
Fleetwood kept his hopes of winning one of the big four tournaments for the first time alive.
Lowry said he didn't plan on "sitting there [Sunday] morning in the house in a corner trying not to think about the day ahead". "I always felt like if I can get to Sunday and get in contention I can win".More news: James Harden offers thoughts on departed teammate Chris Paul
Fleetwood had his share of support, hugely popular for his long hair flowing out of his cap and his easy nature.
American Xander Schauffele also put himself in the mix as he picked up three strokes after eight holes to move to six-under. If you look at what (Ben) Hogan did with his setup, it looked not square at all but he was able to flush it. It was a day that I'll remember. "It was just one of the most incredible days of my life". Shane just played great and I'm four back. The weather's set to be pretty rough, but I'll be pretty happy no matter what.
A brilliant driver off the deck from the fairway at seven finished in a two-putt par and putting from above the hole on nine saw Smith make the turn in even-par. He couldn't get enough putts to fall for the third straight day and still managed a 67, leaving him seven back. "I feel like if I get the opportunity this week I'll be better". 'As much as I came here at the start of the week saying I wanted to do it for me, you know, by the end of the round there today I was doing it just as much for them as I was for me, he said. "It's been really bad". I'm going to learn a lot about myself tomorrow [Sunday].
But he knows his putter needs to heat up to have any chance.
Koepka wasn't about to concede anything at Portrush, regardless of the weather.
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The final hour was masterful. Lowry sent his 4-iron right at the flag and onto the green until it settled about 10 feet away.
The next was a mess of a hole after the ideal drive, a fairway wood pulled left ahead of two weak chips, but at least it brought out some emotion.
Lowry barely missed a birdie bomb at the final hole that would have tied the record for the lowest score in Open history at 62.
From County Westmeath not so far down there hails Lowry, 32, who said, "Obviously I'm not quite under the radar anymore". "It was just incredible".
Lowry, who marks his golf balls with a green Shamrock stamp, has played so beautifully and is on such an unconscious run of stunning form it wouldn't appear he needs any luck to push himself over the line Sunday as a first-time major victor and lift the Claret Jug to the adoring Irish fans.More news: BITE BACK: Hunt Tells Iran Its On 'Dangerous Path' Over Tanker Attack