20 Jul 2015

Amateur ties for lead, Spieth closing in

7:20 am on 20 July 2015

A young Irish amateur golfer has produced the headline on day three of the Open golf championship at St Andrews in Scotland.

Jordan Spieth.

Jordan Spieth Photo: Photosport

In ideal conditions 22-year-old Paul Dunne, a second year college student at the University of Alabama, put together a flawless third round of 66 and he's tied for the lead at 12 under par with Australia's Jason Day and South African Louis Oosthuizen.

American favourite Jordan Spieth also shot a 66 to be one shot behind the leading trio - Padraig Harrington is two shots from the lead.

New Zealand's Ryan Fox dropped four shots early in his round and ballooned to a 76, dropping 53 places to last of the 78 qualifiers.

Spieth makes his move

Jordan Spieth surged back into contention following a remarkable third round at the British Open to keep his dream of a calendar grand slam alive.

Bidding to join Ben Hogan as only the second man to win golf's first three majors of the year, the Masters and US Open champion rattled in seven birdies to propel the 21-year-old to 11 under for the championship.

Fellow American Dustin Johnson relinquished his overnight advantage with another frustrating round in his long-running attempt to break his major duck.

Spieth believes if he can replicate this morning's form in the final round overnight he'll give himself a strong chance of winning.