Quick Bit: The Sporting News provides live updates and highlights from all of the action on day four of the Open Championship 2022 as the world’s top golf stars descend on St. Andrews.

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Rory McIlroy’s quest to end an eight-year wait for a major triumph took a huge step closer after a stunning round of golf on day three at The Open as he and Viktor Hovland now share a four-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round.

Australian Cameron Smith had led by two strokes at the end of round two, finishing on 13 under, but he and Cameron Young will be the penultimate pair to tee off having carded rounds of 73 and 71 respectively on Saturday.

McIlroy hasn’t had a major win since 2014 when he won the PGA Championship, but his round of 66 that included five birdies and a stunning eagle from the bunker on the par-four 10th has left him in the driving seat to get his hands on the Claret Jug.

However, the talented 24-year-old Hovland is eager to record the biggest win of his career and write his name into the history books in what’s set to be a thrilling final day of action at the 150th edition of the Open Championship.

Open Championship leaderboard 2022

Live Open Championship 2022 leaderboard updates can be found here.

Open Championship 2022 live updates, highlights from Sunday’s Round 4

All times BST

2.00pm: Leaderboard update: -16: McIlroy (-), Hovland (-), -12: Young (-), Smith (12), -11: Kaewkanjana (16), SW Kim (-), Scheffler (-), -10: Ancer (16), D Johnson (-)

1.45pm: We’re starting to get some stars stepping up to the first tee. Shane Lowry has just started his final round. He electrified the crowd with back-to-back eagles yesterday! US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is also about to tee off very shortly. He will start seven back from the leaders.

1.35pm: The tee times everyone is waiting for… 2.00pm – Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, 2.10pm – Matt Fitzpatrick, Adam Scott, 2.20pm – Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, 2.30pm – Si Woo Kim, Scottie Scheffler, 2.40pm – Cameron Young, Cameron Smith, 2.50pm – Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland.

1.25pm: It’s been a gentle morning and early afternoon in this final round of the 150th Open. Hovland and McIlroy have such a commanding lead that it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to bridge the gap before we get to the last five or six pairings, but Burns and Schauffele have provided some entertainment. The headline acts are still to come!

1.10pm: Another eagle! That’s two eagles for Robert MacIntyre today! He’s just converted a 40-foot putt on the 12th green to move to six under for the tournament. There have been some great moments from the Scot this week, but his overall golf has been inconsistent – today sums that up!

1.00pm: Three-in-a-row! Not many players have made major moves in the early stages of today’s final round, but Xander Schauffele has now made three birdies in-a-row! The Belgian is now at eight under for the tournament and he’s only at the fourth! He’s probably still too far back to truly trouble the leaders, but Schauffele is making some gains.

12.50pm: Leaderboard as it stands: -16: McIlroy, Hovland, -12: Young, Smith, -11: SW Kim, Scheffler, -10: D Johnson, -9: Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick, Scott, -8: Spieth, Cantlay

12.40pm: Anticipation is building as McIlroy arrives at the Old Course. He will start his final round on 15 under, but will he still be the co-leader by the time he tees off at 2.50pm? Just as there was yesterday, there are a lot of gains to be had out there.

12.30pm: Burns is back in the clubhouse and he has been speaking about the conditions on the course. “Probably the most benign conditions we’ve had all week,” he said after a round of 64. “A little softer with the rain and not as much wind. It’s definitely more gettable.”

12:20pm: World number three Jon Rahm is now at the first. It’s been a frustrating week for the Spaniard, and that has been clear in his facial expressions and body language. He’s fought the urge to snap his putter in two! However, a good final round could still push him up the leaderboard.

12.10pm: An excellent final round by Burns who cards a 64 – that’s the joint-lowest round of the week! The American holed a 20-foot putt at the 18th to finish off and that moves him on to six under for the tournament.

12.00pm: Patrick Reed is enjoying himself out there this morning. The 2018 Masters champion has just produced a birdie at the 17th to go to five under for the round and tournament. Meanwhile, the TV cameras have just shown McIlroy arriving at the course.

11.50am: Sunday at The Open. It brings a different sort of pressure. How will those with a genuine chance of being named Champion Golfer of the Year handle it? On top of this, you have the pressure of playing at St Andrews. Miss this opportunity and it might never come again!

11.40am: There’s no doubting who most of the fans at the Old Course are here to see today. Rory McIlroy is co-leader heading into the final round and this is an opportunity he has waited a long time for. He and Viktor Hovland will tee off at 2.50pm.

“The support that I’ve gotten this week has been absolutely incredible,” McIlroy said after his round of 66 on Saturday. “I appreciate it and I feel it out there. But at the same time I’m trying my hardest just to stay in my own little world because that’s the best way for me to get the best out of myself.”

11.30am: Burns looks likely to be the biggest mover this morning. He’s on seven under for the day and is yet to bogey.

The 25-year-old from Louisiana is taking part in his second Open after finishing 76th last year.

11.15am: Thomas hits an eagle and a birdie, and Cameron Tringale earns his fifth birdie of the day. The American is currently two ahead of his 26th-placed finish last year, on five under.

11am: Sheffield amateur Sam Bairstow’s mother is in tears and shares a hug with his father as she watches him finish his tournament on four over.

10.45am: Thomas has just hit his best shot of the morning, putting himself within distance from 269 yards before converting an 18-foot putt. He’s now three under.

10.30am: 23-year-old South African Garrick Higgo has made the cut here for the first time, and he’s hit a hat-trick of birdies and an eagle for a four-under round today. Impressive.

10.15am: Matsuyama has stolen the show so far today, going five under for the round so far to put himself two under overall.

10am: Thomas does not make the best of starts, hitting a bogey to move to one under. Partner Armitage is on par.

9.45am: PGA champion Justin Thomas and Marcus Armitage, who are both two under, have just teed off in the Open’s featured group.

Sam Burns is playing in his second edition of the tournament and has just hit a third birdie of the morning to move to one under.

9.30am: Bairstow has had an excellent morning, hitting three birdies to reach four over and remain among the contenders for the Silver Medal.

9.15am: David Law and Hideki Matsuyama have been among the players starting the action today. Matsutyama is three under after a birdie on the fifth.

9am: Hovland and McIlroy are scheduled to begin their final rounds at 2.50pm local time. “We talked about footwear, what he did for the last couple of weeks – he’s gone back to Norway,” McIlroy said of their on-course chat.

“We kept it nice and loose. We got very close at The Ryder Cup last year. I played a practice round with Viktor when he was still an amateur at the US Openat Pebble Beach in 2019, so I’ve got to know him pretty well over the last few years.”

8.45am: Hovland doesn’t mind much of the attention being on McIlroy despite his brilliant third round here in Scotland.

“There are a lot of things that can happen with these placements,” he said afterwards. “You can play fine and shoot an even par and it will bring in a lot of other guys. It will depend how the conditions are.”

8.30am: Odds check: pre-tournament favourite McIlroy is now odds-on to win, with Hovland behind him. Cameron Smith offers long rewards for those still backing him, with Scottie Scheffler the outsider.

8.15am: Amateur Sam Bairstow has already started play today. Filippo Celli, of Italy, leads the way in the race for the Silver Medal – awarded to the amateur who finishes highest – on four under.

8am: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of the final day of the 150th edition of the Open Championship.

Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland both shot six-under-par 66 rounds to establish a joint lead on 16 under ahead of the fourth day. Cameron Smith and Cameron Young are tied directly behind them on 12 under par.

How to watch Open Championship 2022 in the UK

Sky Sports has the exclusive live rights to the Open Championship in the UK. All four days will be broadcast on the Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf channels, with streaming available via the Sky Sports website and Sky Go app.

BBC Two will show free-to-air highlights at the end of each day’s play, which can also be streamed on BBC iPlayer.

Date
Time (BST)
Channel
Thursday, July 14
6:30 a.m.
Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Golf

9:00 p.m.
BBC Two
Friday, July 15
6:30 a.m.
Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Golf

9:00 p.m.
BBC Two
Saturday, July 16
9:00 a.m.
Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Golf

10:00 p.m.
BBC Two
Sunday, July 17
8:00 a.m.
Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Golf

8:15 p.m.
BBC Two

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How to watch Open Championship 2022 in USA

Thursday, July 14

TV channels/stream: NBC, USA Network, Peacock
Broadcast times: 1:30-4 a.m. (Peacock); 4 a.m.-3 p.m. (USA Network); 3-4 p.m. (NBC/Peacock)

Friday, July 15

TV channels/stream: NBC, USA Network, Peacock
Broadcast times: 1:30-4 a.m. (Peacock); 4 a.m.-3 p.m. (USA Network); 3-4 p.m. (NBC/Peacock)

Saturday, July 16

TV channels: NBC, USA Network
Broadcast times: 5-7 a.m. (USA Network); 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (NBC/Peacock)

Sunday, July 17

TV channels: NBC, USA Network
Broadcast times: 4-7 a.m. (USA Network); 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (NBC/Peacock)

Open Championship live streams in USA

NBCUniversal has exclusive broadcast rights for the Open Championship, including streaming options. Those include NBCSports.com, Peacock and the NBC Sports App. Per NBCUniversal, Peacock will have exclusive group coverage — two groups each in the morning and afternoon — and live coverage of Holes 11-13.

Another streaming option for USA Network and NBC coverage is fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

Open Championship 2022 odds

*odds at start of tournament

McIlroy leads the betting, with Fitzpatrick, John Rahm and Jordan Spieth also firmly in contention according to SkyBet.

Player
8 places each way
11 places each way
14 places each way
Rory McIlroy
10/1
9/1
8/1
Jon Rahm
16/1
14/1
12/1
Jordan Spieth
16/1
14/1
12/1
Matt Fitzpatrick
16/1
14/1
12/1
Scottie Scheffler
16/1
14/1
12/1
Xander Schauffele
16/1
14/1
12/1
Justin Thomas
20/1
18/1
16/1
Shane Lowry
20/1
18/1
16/1
Cameron Smith
22/1
20/1
18/1
Collin Morikawa
25/1
22/1
20/1

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