The Swede, who will make history when he becomes the first player to compete in the Ryder Cup before playing in a major, produced another polished performance as he carded an eagle and five birdies for a 66 and a two-shot lead.
After sitting close to the top of the leaderboard, the Englishman had the wind taken out of his sails after signing off with a double-bogey 7 on Friday and this effort lacked spark as he signed for two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars for a 71.
Bidding to make up for the disappointment of being unable to build on a promising start in the 151st Open on home soil, the captain’s pick recovered from an early bogey to make an eagle and four birdies in an impressive 67.
After starting with a birdie, the 2020 winner was beginning to become frustrated on the greens and finished the front nine with a double-bogey 6 before clicking into gear as he came home in 32, picking up five birdies in the last seven holes.
It’s been a real roller-coaster ride for the young Dane this week, having opened with a 76 before bouncing back with a gutsy 67. He was three-under-par for the day with four holes to play in this circuit before a sloppy finish left him signing for a 73.
The Norwegian carded a 67 - his best effort of the week - after signing for six birdies and one bogey. On the back of his recent FedEx Cup win, the world No 4 is set to head into his second Ryder Cup appearance with a real spring in his step.
The defending champion stormed up the leaderboard after picking up four shots in his opening eight holes before stalling a bit thereafter to card a 67. But it’s been all positive for the Irishman since he was handed a pick by Luke Donald.
After needing a birdie at the last on Friday to scrape through to the weekend, the world No 2 produced his best stuff of the week so far as he signed for seven birdies, including a chip in at the 16th hole - his eighth of the day - in a 67.
Out in one of the first groups, the Scot opened with a peach of a drive at the ninth - his starting hole - only to run up a bogey and that effectively set the tone for a disappointing day. His 73 contained four birdies but also a double-bogey and three bogeys.
The Spaniard had been in danger of making an early exit after making a poor start in his second round but, having covered his last 32 holes in 14-under-par, signing for a 67 in the penultimate circuit, he’s given himself a chance of going one better than 12 months ago.
Having felt his putter had been stone cold in the opening two rounds, the former US Open champion was pleased to make it through to the weekend and he’d have been delighted with this polished effort - a bogey-free four-under-par 68.
The Austrian continued to go about his business quietly but effectively at the same time. He signed for six birdies, including a burst of four in five holes around the turn, in his 69, which left him sitting in the top ten heading into the last day.