Lowry cards 63 to build 4-shot Open lead

(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) The noise was unlike anything Shane Lowry had ever heard on a golf course, no surprise at the first British Open in these parts in 68 years and an Irishman atop the leaderboard at Royal Portrush.

Lowry didn't get rattled Saturday. He only got better.

Two straight birdies around the turn to take the lead. Three straight birdies near the end to pull away. An 8-under 63 for his lowest round in a major. A stunning back nine that gave him the 54-hole record in the British Open. A four-shot lead going into the final round.

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