Paul Casey two shots behind Xander Schauffele going into the final day

Team GB’s Paul Casey two shots behind USA’s Xander Schauffele going into the final day of men’s Olympics golf, with Tommy Fleetwood four behind after producing NINE birdies in his third round… and Rory McIlroy is in the hunt for a gold medal too at Tokyo 

  • Paul Casey kept in touch with leader Xander Schauffele heading into the last day 
  • Casey hit a double bogey but made up the ground with two late birdies 
  • Team GB’s Tommy Fleetwood is in contention for bronze after nine birdies 
  • Rory McIlroy has a shot at goal and is three strokes behind USA’s Schauffele 
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

Team GB’s Paul Casey remained in the hunt for the gold medal in the men’s Olympic tournament with a strong finish to stay in touch with leader Xander Schauffele while fellow Brit Tommy Fleetwood is in contention for bronze after a superb 64.

Casey made amends for a double bogey on the 14 with two successive birdies to get to 12 under par and move two shots behind Schauffele heading into the final day at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. 

Casey, who had hit four birdies on the first nine holes, shot 66 to move into joint-third on the leaderboard alongside Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz, with Japanese Hideki sitting second, one behind Schauffele.

Paul Casey is in contention for an Olympic gold medal after a strong showing on Saturday

Tommy Fleetwood hit an impressive nine birdies to shoot 64 and retain hope of a bronze

Fleetwood, meanwhile shot a remarkable nine birdies in his best showing of the tournament to finish seven under par on the day and 10 under overall to keep his medal hopes alive. 

 “My Olympic dream is still alive, and that’s a beautiful thing really,” Fleetwood told BBC Sport.

“Being at the Olympic Games, being around the athletes and having the support of Team GB, feeling like I am supporting them, it has been inspiring, it’s been motivating, I have really loved it.” 

A  slow-burning tournament roared to life on Saturday as Schauffele fought off attacks on all fronts to cling to a one-shot lead heading into the final round. 

Xander Schauffele of the USA leads the way heading into the final day of the tournament

Rory McIlroy, who is representing Ireland, is three strokes behind Schauffele after shooting 67

Schauffele was stalked relentlessly by playing partners Matsuyama and Ortiz but broke clear with a birdie on the 18th to card 68 for a 14-under total of 199.

A stroke behind Schauffele, Matsuyama drained a clutch putt for par on 18 to finish with a four-under 67, while Ortiz (69) held the bronze medal position alongside consistent Briton Paul Casey (66) after a bogey on the last.

The stage is set for a battle royale in Sunday’s final round, with nine players within four strokes of Schauffele, including former world number one Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy enjoyed a day out with Ireland team mate Shane Lowry, shooting a 67 to finish three strokes shy of Schauffele on 11-under. 

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