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Welcome to the fourth round of the British Open live from St Andrews.

Cameron Smith is far from it, but the Australian must be in good shape if he is to compete for the main job.

While rivals Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland enjoyed rounds of 66, the 28-year-old suffered a third-round upset, a one-on-one shot to slip four shots behind the leaders heading into the final opening round.

Compatriot Adam Scott was not the only Aussie to be frustrated, with his countryman Adam Scott leading just two under to finish on seven shots at nine under for the Championship title. He had a former Masters champion in the eighth.

He takes to TUK at 11:40pm AEST to start the fourth round.

“Unfortunately it was one of those days,” said Smith, tied for third with American Cameron Young.

The golf gods were not with me. I hit a lot of good putts but none of them were dropping as well as the first couple of days. I think I handled it well in there, hit the ball well, probably my best all week and had a lot of opportunities. It was very disappointing.”

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But if he can return to the form he showed in the opening two rounds, he will face Greg Norman in 2015.

Smith said he needed to remain “aggressive” to put pressure on four-time major champion McIlroy and rising Norwegian star Hovland.

“It’s always hard to back up a good round but to do it like this was disappointing and will definitely motivate me tomorrow,” said Smith.

“I like to make birdies, I like to make putts, and that’s what I need to go out there and do tomorrow, be strong. Have a slightly different game plan from two tees and go out there and make more birdies.

Smith and Young will be the final team and could put pressure on joint leaders McIlroy and Hovland.

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McIlroy was the favorite of the week and has been favored so far with rounds of 66, 68 and 66.

That’s the same as his first three rounds at Hoylake in 2014, when he won his only British Open to date.

“I’m playing a golf tournament and after three days I find myself in a very good position. “I’ve finished enough golf tournaments in my time to feel like I know what to do tomorrow,” he said Saturday.

“I don’t take anything for granted. Nothing is given to you and I have to go out there and earn it like I have earned everything in my career.

Four other Australians head to the tee on Sunday, Anthony Quayle, Lucas Herbert and Min Woo Lee each at five under. Brad Kennedy is four under.

Australian Times (always AEST)

8:20: Brad Kennedy and Filippo Celli (Now, A)

8:55: MIN Woo Lee and Sahit Tegala (USA)

9:05: Lucas Herbert and Xander Schauffele (US)

9:35: Anthony Quayle and Ian Poulter (eng.)

11:10: ADAM SCOTT and Matt Fitzpatrick (eng.)

11:40: CAMERON SMITH and Cameron YOUNG (US).

Associate leaders

11.50pm: Rory McIlroy (NIR) and Victor Hovland (NOR)

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