WATCH: Rory McIlroy Holes Incredible Bunker Shot At 150th Open Championship

The Moving Day of an Open Championship is always an exciting time, especially when it’s taking place in the birthplace of golf and the world’s elite are involved. On Saturday at St Andrews, Rory McIlroy provided a moment of magic when he landed a near-impossible bunker shot to temporarily take the lead in the 150th Open Championship.

There had already been some amazing moments on Saturday, with Shane Lowry producing back-to-back shots in eagles to climb the leaderboard. However, in the heat of the moment, with the best in the world in contention, McIlroy provided an incredible moment, as he landed the toughest shot in golf, a 50-yard bunker shot.

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It had been difficult to follow everything that was happening on the Old Course, with birdies and eagles flying left, right and center. After completing his front nine, in which he had three birdies and six pars, McIlroy put his practice on the 10 in one of St Andrews’ many bunkers.

After Viktor Hovland, who had led throughout the front nine, stalled his drive on the front edge, McIlroy had to birdie to put pressure on his European Ryder Cup teammate. For Rory, he did better, landing the shot for the eagle.

Cutting it from the surface, it never seemed to go anywhere but the hole, rolling for a magnificent eagle. What was also amazing was that Hovland kept his focus, birdie to hold a share of the lead with his playing partner.

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The two also showed their respect to each other, with Hovland tapping Rory on the shoulder as the crowd chanted Rory’s name after the bunker shot. The Norwegian knew how difficult it was.

Michael C. Ford