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After holing a 15-foot putt on the 18th last night just to make the cut, Justin Rose is suddenly bang in contention to win The Open after producing a scintillating round at Carnoustie today. 

The world No.3 tied the Open course record at the Angus links courtesy of a bogey-free 64. His back nine was particularly impressive. He covered the inward stretch in just 30 blows, picking up four shots in his last six holes.

Consequently, at the time of writing, he holds the clubhouse lead and is just two shots off the top of the leaderboard. 

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“I felt like it was a beautiful morning to play golf,” said the Englishman. “I felt like it was an opportunity to score well out there. The greens were somewhat receptive and the pins weren’t as tough as maybe the first couple of days. I felt like it was a typical set-up for a moving day, so it was nice to make that move.”

Rose was five-under for the day when he reached the 15th and the start of the notoriously difficult final four holes

Other players might have been content to play conservatively and protect the score but Rose insisted he was determined to “keep pushing myself to keep going, keep going”. The gamble paid off handsomely with a par-par-birdie-birdie finish.

“I thought 4 or 5-under was going to be a good round but nothing special,” he added. “Not going to do enough for me going into tomorrow. I felt like those late couple birdies certainly will make tomorrow at least interesting.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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