Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry in Olympic medal mix as local hero Hideki Matsuyama turns on the heat

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry (Image: Getty Images)

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Ireland duo Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry will go on the attack in the final round of the men's Olympic golf tournament on Sunday in the hope of earning a place on the medal podium.

Both were seven under par overnight and four shots off the lead held by American Xander Schauffele – and they were paired together in Saturday morning's third round with Thai golfer Jazz Janewattanond.

By the end of the day, the American had a three shot advantage on -14 over McIlroy, who shot a 67, and four shots on Lowry, who picked up four birdies in his first eight holes.

But after bogeying 9, the Clara man was disrupted on the par 5 14th when his tee shot got stuck in a tree, and he made his second bogey of the day.

Still, his superb par putt save on 18 could be crucial come the end.

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Local favourite Hideki Matsuyama, this year's Masters champion, within striking distance one shot back on -13, with Paul Casey of GB is on -12, with Mexican Carlos Ortiz.

A relaxed and confident McIlroy is in joint fifth place on -11 with Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, and Lowry is a shot further back, hoping for a fast start on Sunday.

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