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Summary

  1. Branden Grace shoots record 62
  2. Leader: -11 Spieth (18)
  3. -8 Kuchar (18); -5 Koepka (18), -5 Connolly (18)
  4. -4 Grace (18), Matsuyama (18); -3 D Johnson (18), Stenson (18), Kim (18)
  5. -2 Fisher (18), McIlroy (18), Poulter (18), Ramsey (18)

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By Jonathan Jurejko and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from us...

The Open
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Right then, it is time for us to go and lie down in a dark room, rest our brains and typing fingers, and recharge the batteries ahead of tomorrow's finale. Good job we're not playing, eh?

While we disappear into Saturday night, this page is going nowhere yet. That means you can watch all of the day three highlights right here until 22:00 BST.

That's how Jordan Spieth is spending his night, possibly. Join us again tomorrow to see if anyone can stop the American lifting the Claret Jug. Maybe it might only be the man himself who can.

Cheerio!

Tomorrow's tee-times

Tomorrow's tee-times have already been revealed, meaning those players wanting an early night can get to bed without worrying about what time they have to set the alarm.

England's Danny Willett is the first man out - on his tod - at 07:55 BST, before the leaders tee off at 14:30.

Here's when those in the Claret Jug mix go out:

1330 Ian Poulter, Richie Ramsay

1340 Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher

1350 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa), Chan Kim (USA)

1400 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Dustin Johnson (USA)

1410 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Branden Grace (Rsa)

1420 Brooks Koepka (USA), Austin Connelly (Can)

1430 Matt Kuchar (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA)

Spieth to better Seve

Spieth (-11)

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The face of nine holes...

McIlroy (-2)

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Looking at Rory McIlroy's card he's taken 28 putts today, the same number as Jordan Spieth.

But away from the green he could not live with the American. Spieth found the fairway 64% of the time and the green in regulation with 78% of his efforts.

Rors was down on 43% from the tee and 67% of the greens. This grimaced face lived with him for all of his back nine.

'It was the Spieth of 2015'

Jordan Spieth looked unstoppable in 2015, winning the Masters and the US Open, then coming close to making it a hat-trick at the PGA.

BBC Radio 5 live's Jay Townsend and John Murray reckon our leader is back close to his best...

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Tune in to the highlights

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McIlroy (-2 after 18)

Rory McIlroy
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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, after carding a one-under 69: "Usually you come off Royal Birkdale shooting under par and you would be pretty pleased.

"But it was so benign out there today and you needed to shoot at least four of five under par to feel like you were making ground out there - and I didn't.

"I made a great start but couldn't keep it going. I made a poor swing on seven and made bogey there, I hit poor tee shot on eight and had a bad lie and couldn't get to the green.

"I hit the complete wrong club off the tee on 10, bringing all bunkers into play which I shouldn't have so I am really frustrated with that.

"I had some chances coming in, but I've left myself too much going into tomorrow, but it will be nice to sign off with good score.

"For some reason not quite on top of my game but I hung in there."

The leader - I've had the height and humbling

Spieth (-11)

Jordan Spieth speaks to Sky Sports: "I've had a five shot lead in a major and squandered it before. I've had the height and the humbling. I will keep my head down. That's the biggest thing to do in the next 20 hours. Stay loose, smile a lot and if I play like I did today, things will take care of themselves."

Spieth (-11)

The way he's going, Jordan Spieth could probably play every shot on his knees tomorrow and still lift the Claret Jug...

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Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator at Royal Birkdale

If ever there was going to be a day that someone could shoot a 62 and set a new record low for a round at a major, today was that day. The greens were softer after yesterday’s rain, they were perfectly paced and there was just a zephyr of wind.

Ideal.

Branden Grace played one of those once in a lifetime rounds. He is a winner, and one of those guys who isn’t afraid to keep going and going and going. It was a special round and it might be a long time until his new mark is broken.

Leader Jordan Spieth came out all guns blazing. He is in total control of his game, he is reading greens well, nibbling away with a few birdies and dropping very few strokes. There is no doubt he is the man to beat.

Rory McIlroy keeps going one step forward and then one step back. It’s very frustrating for him as he keeps losing his momentum. I wouldn’t say he can’t do it tomorrow, but he is making life very difficult for himself.

Mr Steady Matt Kuchar got his tactics right yet again, while world number one Dustin Johnson attacked the course unbelievably, but he will be a little bit disappointed how far he kept leaving himself from the hole.

A record breaking day, with stories galore, I can't wait for tomorrow.

WATCH: Spieth nearly sinks delightful approach to 3rd

Watch Jordan Spieth's delightful approach to within inches at the par-four third. The leader is looking ruthless.

Spieth delightful approach on the green

Spieth (-11)

Iain Carter

BBC Sport golf correspondent at Royal Birkdale

The one thing that needs to be remembered is Jordan Spieth had a five shot lead going into the back nine of the Masters a couple of years ago. It was impossible to see that collapse then as it is to see now. My feeling is that two years older, two years wiser. We are seeing a remarkable career developing.

Spieth (-11 after 18)

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live golf expert

Two 65s by Jordan Spieth is phenomenal play around Royal Birkdale.

It is incredible to watch Jordan Spieth - sometimes I have to pinch myself. It looks like he is on his way to his third major.

To put it in perspective, Kuchar is going to have beat Jordan by four shots tomorrow. Watching the way he operated today, I can't see that.

Spieth finishes with a birdie

Spieth (-11 after 18), Kuchar (-8 after 18)

Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth stand in the long shadows of the setting sun on the 18th green, the grandstands packed around them.

Both take time to assess their putts, down on their haunches.

Spieth with a 24ft putt for birdie, good pace, good shape, it curves round and yes it's in. He restores his lead, punches the air and will sign for a 65.

Kuchar with a birdie attempt but misses. He takes par instead, takes his cap off and shakes hands with his younger playing partner.

They will do this all again tomorrow.

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live golf expert

Very good shot from that lie by Matt Kuchar. It could have been shot of the day.

Kuchar
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Spieth (-10 after 17), Kuchar (-8 after 17)

Second shots for the last pairing now.

Kuchar is 170 yards to the right of the green on an awkward downhill lie.

His shot pitches on the skirt off the green and rolls towards the cup, but settles 7ft past the hole.

Spieth is 132 yards away, he doesn't like his shot, it catches some rough on the front right of the green which prevents the roll towards the hole.

Poults digs in late...

Poulter (-2) Koepka (-6)

Brooks Koepka will go to bed tonight knowing he has to chase and chase hard tomorrow. A par on 18 brings him home in thee under today, six under for the week. He has the firepower to find four shots but will need his 'A' game.

Ian Poulter is putting for par from 20ft... go on... get in... beautiful weight. He is one over for the day and looks like a man wrapped in confusion. There's joy over the put but a deeper angst. Chance gone.

Bank on Jordan

Spieth (-10 after 17)

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth is a young man with a few quid in his back pocket. In 2015, he knocked Tiger Woods off Golf Digest's biggest earners list for the first time in 13 years. A year later, he bought a house from fellow US golfer Hunter Mahan which has a 12-car garage, swimming pool, golf simulator and indoor basketball court.

It's all hard earned by the 23-year-old. His two major championship wins in 2015 were the tip of an iceberg which started forming in 2013 when Spieth became the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years.

On the 18th

Spieth (-10 after 17), Kuchar (-8 after 17)

On the 18th tee box.

Kuchar's drive looks good, but runs off the fairway onto the first cut of rough.

Spieth's drive grips the edge of the fairway and rolls towards the middle.

Perfect position.

The pair now walk up the 18th to get their applause.

'Mentally, physically, Rory's not quite right'

Here's legendary coach David Leadbetter's assessment of Rory McIlroy's one-under-par 69 that left him two under for the tournament and eight off the lead...

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£400k for Connelly?

Connelly (-5)

Austin Connelly has defied his youthful 20 years today by tearing into Royal Birkdale. The young man plays fast and seems fearless in this field. He's ranked outside the world's top 500 but a birdie and wonderfully judged break on 18 moves him fourth. That would pocket $532,000, which is around £400,000.

CBS Sports have his career earnings to date at around a tenth of that. He's smiling...

Austin Connelly
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Kuchar gets a shot back

Spieth (-10 after 17), Kuchar (-8 after 17)

Spieth to putt first with a birdie chance, but it rolls to the left of the cup. He then holes out for par.

Now can Kuchar get that shot back on his playing partner?

Yes he can, easy as you like from close range and he moves to eight under. two shots off Spieth.

Spieth (-10 after 16), Kuchar (-7 after 16)

Kuchar steps down into the bunker, he has the easier lie of the two. The American splashes his chip shot out and gives himself a birdie chance from just over a foot and a half.

Spieth's ball is close to the side of the bunker. He also gets the ball out but it is short on speed and it rolls short.

'Mental error'

McIlroy (-2)

Woodland and McIlroy shake hands
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Rory McIlroy speaks to Sky Sports: "I had a chance to get to four under on five. I was hitting it well, I couldn't have asked to get off to a better start. I was really rolling. I had a putt for birdie on six and left it short and then two bogeys stopped me in my tracks a bit. The double at 10 was a kick in the teeth. I hit the wrong club on the tee, three iron was a huge mental error.

"I need help from the leaders and bad weather. Kuchar and Jordan are playing well. I'd need to post a really good score in bad conditions."

Sociable golf

Spieth (-10 after 16), Kuchar (-7 after 16)

On the par five 17th for our front two.

Both find the fairway, but Kuchar is a bit further back so takes his second shot first and it rolls into a bunker to the front right of the green.

Spieth takes his turn and follows Kuchar into the same bunker.

Sociable golf lads.

McIlroy done

McIlroy (-2)

In driving rain and with his lips clenched, Rory McIlroy grimaces after two-putting to make par on 18. It's a good up and down but I get the feeling not even a night with Peter Kay and Jack Dee would make him smile tonight. That round got going, ground to a halt and staggered home. He will surely stay on four major wins. Jordan Spieth is nearing number three...

Rory bucks

McIlroy (-2 after 17)

Many of you out there will have had sleepless nights worrying about paying for your wedding, not Rory McIlroy.

The world number four signed a $10m deal (£7.7m) with Taylor Made in the week following his big day. Add that to his Nike apparel deal and Rors is guaranteed to earn $300m (£225m) over the next 10 years.

Yes, you read that correctly. All that dosh before a ball is struck. He's on the green for two on 18, a long way to go for birdie.

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Double bogey for Kuchar

Spieth (-10), Kuchar (-7)

There is plenty of grass between Matt Kuchar's ball and the hole, and now there is plenty of space between Jordan Spieth and the rest of the field.

The leader misses his birdie putt on the 16th, knocking in for par, then watches Kuchar three putt to fall three shots back.

A little smile breaks out across Spieth's face as he walks up to the 17th tee.

Rain, rain, go away

Diane Knox

BBC Radio 5 live reporter

As the rain starts to fall, it's time to return to the shelter of the Media Centre to watch the last few scores come in.

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In for big bucks...

Lovemark (level) Bland (-1)

Richard Bland removes his cap on 18 after stroking home a short putt for par. It's another solid day's work for the world number 145. He's currently tied for 14th and by my abacus, that would be worth around $151,000 or £116,000 in old money.

Jamie Lovemark alongside him makes bogey and that's level par for the week.

Spieth (-10), Kuchar (-9)

Matt Kuchar has the face of a man who is stood in the rain without a hood. Probably because he is. And because he's only on the green for three.

This is a big moment in this tournament...

On 18...

McIlroy (-2 after 17)

Rory McIlroy is on the tee at 18 and about to end a day which promised so much given the momentum he was carrying. He's dropped four shots today though and even after a hot start, that's too much. The tee shot starts right and stays there, leaving a poor angle into the green.

Somewhere...over there...

Carin Koch

Former European Solheim Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live

If you look closely you might just see the pot of gold. It's certainly easier to spot than the rainbow.

Rainbow at Royal Birkdale
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Spieth (-10), Kuchar (-9)

Unfortunately, Matt Kuchar's ball took a diversion to the beach on its way to Liverpool. Bring a bucket and spade, he's in the sand. The world number three has to play safe knocking out diagonally onto the fairway.

Jordan Spieth's ball is sat up nicely on the left of the fairway, a mid-iron into the green putting him on the next train to Birdie Town.

Koepka (-5 after 16) Poulter (-2 after 16)

Poulter and Koepka
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Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter must be thinking they've been forgotten about as Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar play their own game at Royal Birkdale. The rain begins to nail down on these players as Koepka and Poulter set up long birdie looks on 16. Neither can make them though.

It's all admirable, solid stuff but some players are going to need a deluge of birdies tomorrow if they are to make this competitive...

It's raining...

Spieth (-10), Kuchar (-9)

...heavy. But the sun is still out as Jordan Spieth's caddie fumbles around for the brolly.

Matt Kuchar still has the honour on the 16th tee, lashing his drive halfway to Liverpool. Next up is Spieth, ducking out of the provided shelter like a VIP running into a waiting cab.

"FORRRRE LEFT!" he shouts. Ooooh, is this the moment? Erm, no. There's no-one up there. And they're not up there because it is not that far left. Maybe some water impaired Spieth's vision. He's safe in the first cut of wispy rough.

Spieth (-10), Kuchar (-9)

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live golf expert

That further separates these two from everyone else. These two guys have the chance to run away with this.

Birdies for Spieth and Kuchar

Spieth (-10), Kuchar (-9)

Mark down the date, time and place: Jordan Spieth's putter has let him down. The Texan looks as puzzled as a kid watching a magic show when his eagle putt on the par-five 15th races past the can.

Matt Kuchar turns up the heat on his playing partner by sticking his eagle putt close, knocking in his second birdie on the bounce.

Spieth comes back off the fringe... no danger. This boy thrives on that sort of pressure.

Connelly (-3), Ramsay (E)

I like the look of Austin Connelly's game. No frills, no fuss, just gets on with it. His putting style illustrates this perfectly, an awkward-looking, upright stance, a quick swing of the pendulum after a brief glance up hole-wards.

The young Canadian's birdie chance on 17 drifts past, leaving him primed for an eighth par out of eight since the turn.

Playing partner Richie Ramsay has dropped back well among the chasing pack with a couple of bogeys on the back nine.