A year on from his Carnoustie coronation, Ryder Cup star Francesco Molinari was never in the Open Championship title hunt at Royal Portrush.
Tommy Fleetwood and the chasing pack were in need of something special to chase down Shane Lowry in the last nine holes of The Open.
Winning The Open was looking a task beyond even the skills of Brooks Koepka early in round four at Royal Portrush.
Having slept on a four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry is the clear favourite to win The Open.
The weather was set to be a factor in the final round of The Open, where Shane Lowry was hoping to finish the job and win the Claret Jug.
A stunning blemish-free third round sent Shane Lowry four shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood with one round to play at The Open.
Tommy Fleetwood will have to go some to chase down Shane Lowry and we profile the Open contenders ahead of Sunday's play in Portrush.
Shane Lowry has blown a four-shot lead in the final round of a major before, but he hopes for a different outcome on Sunday at The Open.
Shane Lowry holds a four-shot advantage over Tommy Fleetwood, who does not anticipate stormy conditions affecting the leader's performance.
It was a frustrating day for Brooks Koepka, who is hoping for a favour from the weather at Royal Portrush in the last round of The Open.