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

Cameron Smith is far from out of it but the Australian will have to be at his best if he is to challenge for his maiden major.

As his rivals Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland enjoyed rounds of 66, the 28-year-old had a frustration third round where he shot one-over to slip down to four shots behind the leaders going into the final round of The Open.

He wasn’t the only Australia to have a frustrating Saturday, with compatriot Adam Scott managing just two-under to remain seven shots off the pace at nine-under for the championship. It had the former Masters champion in a share of eighth.

He will take to the tee at 11:40pm AEST to start his fourth round.

“It was just one of those days unfortunately,” said Smith, who is tied-third alongside American Cameron Young.

“The golfing gods weren’t with me. I hit lots of good putts but none of them were really dropping like in the first couple of days. I think I stuck in there pretty well, I hit the ball pretty good, probably the best I have all week, and had lots of opportunities. It was quite frustrating.”

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Superb Smith rockets into round 2 lead | 02:33

But if he can return to the form he showed during the opening two rounds he remains firmly in the hunt to become the first Australian since Greg Norman in 1993 to take home the Claret Jug.

Smith said he needed to remain “aggressive” to have a hope of putting pressure on McIlroy, the four-time major champion, and rising Norwegian star Hovland.

“It’s always tough to back up a good round but to have on like that was frustrating and it will definitely motivate me tomorrow,” Smith said.

“I love making birdies, I love making putts, and that’s what I need to go out there and do tomorrow, stay aggressive. Have a slightly different gameplan off a couple of tees and just go out there and make a ton of birdies.”

Smith and Young will be the penultimate group out and be able to put the pressure on the co-leaders McIlroy and Hovland.

McIlroy’s MAGICAL eagle from the bunker | 01:08

McIlroy, who was the favourite coming into the week and has so far lived up to the hype with rounds of 66, 68 and 66.

That is identical to his first three rounds at Hoylake in 2014, when he won his only British Open to date.

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

“I’m not going to take anything for granted. Nothing’s given to you and I have to go out there and earn it just like I’ve earned everything else in my career.”

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

AUSTRALIAN TEE TIMES (all times AEST)

8.20pm: BRAD KENNEDY and Fillipo Celli (Ita, a)

8.55pm: MIN WOO LEE and Sahith Theegala (US)

9.05pm: LUCAS HERBERT and Xander Schauffele (US)

9.35pm: ANTHONY QUAYLE and Ian Poulter (Eng)

11.10pm: ADAM SCOTT and Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng)

11.40pm: CAMERON SMITH and Cameron Young (US)

CO-LEADERS

11:50pm: Rory McIlroy (NIR) and Viktor Hovland (NOR)

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