There was little time to stop and take stock on a glorious day at Royal Portrush as The Open Championship cranked up a notch in round three.
Bright skies and low winds were the order of the day in Northern Ireland, a stark contrast to the heavy rain that is forecast to provide a huge challenge for the leaders on Sunday.
On a moving day when Shane Lowry took Portrush apart to establish a four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood, our Omnisport team were out and about on the ground once again.
Here, we bring you stories you may have missed from Portrush.
COVERING THE OPEN IS A GIANT TASK
An Open Championship is an absolute privilege to cover for a journalist, but it’s also hard work!
The days start early, finish late and are filled with any number of tasks from writing stories, interviewing, shooting video, talking on the radio and television…
If you’re struggling to feel any sympathy for the lot of the many journalists at Royal Portrush this week, the revelation that one of Omnisport’s reporters found time for a spot of sightseeing will certainly not change your mind.
Early on Saturday, said reporter headed for the Giant’s Causeway to take in the stunning views around this world-famous tourist attraction that sits just a few miles from the golf course.
The tens of thousands of interlocking basalt columns form a spectacle so grand and beautiful that it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
— Russell Greaves (@RussGreaves) July 20, 2019
BLACK CAPS CWC LOSS STILL RANKLES WITH FOX FAN
When roving the course, you get the opportunity to talk to people from all walks of life.
One of the Omnisport team was involved in a three-way chat with an Indian man and New Zealand woman, who were there mainly supporting Shubhankar Sharma and Ryan Fox.
The conversation briefly turned to cricket, where the Black Caps supporter was adamant the Kiwis should not have lost the World Cup, which incredibly was less than a week ago.
“Our own countryman stole it!” she said, in reference to New Zealand-born Ben Stokes dramatically and accidentally deflecting the ball for four additional runs at a crucial juncture.
Sport hurts, kids…
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 18, 2019
PORTRUSH LOCAL SHOWS THE WAY
Often after the cut at a major championship, the field is left with an odd number of players, meaning one poor soul is scheduled to tee off alone.
But usually the said player – on this occasion Paul Waring – will play with a marker, and Royal Portrush head professional Gary McNeill had that honour on Saturday.
And he enjoyed a moment to savour at the 17th hole when he drained a monster putt in front of an appreciative local crowd.
‘What a lovely memory that will be’
Royal Portrush Head Pro Gary McNeill holes a huge putt at 17 #TheOpen
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 20, 2019
SHANE LOVES LOVE ISLAND…
One of the more popular TV shows in the United Kingdom right now is Love Island, a show where young, single males and females spend time in a villa looking for love… and it’s not to everyone’s taste.
But for the Open Championship leader it’s the ideal way to unwind after a round on the course.
“I’d be lying if I said Love Island wasn’t on [in the house],” Lowry said, to laughter among the press pack. “I do the same things as any other person [to relax], I lay back and watch on TV. “
Each to their own, Shane…