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Brilliant back nine helps Rose challenge at the Open as Miyazato and Wood amongst early movers

It’s moving day at Carnoustie.

Updated Jul 21st 2018, 3:05 PM

20 YEARS after he finished joint fourth in The Open Championship as an amateur player at Royal Birkdale, Justin Rose caught fire this morning at Carnoustie to hit a 64 and move into contention at the 2018 event.

The Open Championship 2018 - Day Three - Carnoustie Golf Links A great day's work for Justin Rose. Source: PA Wire

Rose’s seven-under round equalled the Open record at Carnoustie while he also matched the all-time Open record for the back nine with 30 shots.

The 2013 US Open champion just made the cut after a birdie at the last hole in yesterday’s second round, finishing on +3 but he availed of the opportunity to play in the weekend with a brilliant round. He was two-under for his front nine before five birdies on the back nine, including the last two holes, propels him into contention.

Rose is the clubhouse leader but he wasn’t the only player to enjoy a productive third round this morning. Chris Wood hit a 66 and Japanese golfer Yusaku Miyazato recorded a 65 to leave both of them three-under for the tournament.

It could have been even better for Wood after he was seven-under for his round when he walked off the 13th green after a blistering run of form. But he dropped shots in two of his next four holes and needed a great putt on the 18th to save par. Miyazato didn’t drop a shot all day with four early birdies proving the launchpad for his round.

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The Open Championship 2018 - Day Three - Carnoustie Golf Links Chris Wood lines up a putt during his third round. Source: Richard Sellers

Masters champion Patrick Reed, Ross Fisher and Jason Dunfer all recorded three-under rounds of 68 to leave them at level par, while they are one shot behind German Bernhard Langer who is level par for the tournament after a 68, picking up three shots in his last five holes.

27-year-old American Reed rattled in three birdies to make the turn for home at level par for the championship. He was five-under for his round after the 14th but bogeys on the 16th and 17th took some of the gloss off his round.

Several top players are due to tee off in the next hour with leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner out at 4pm.

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