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Paul Dunne takes share of lead at The Open

Amateur Paul Dunne finds himself holding a share of The Open lead alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day, following an impressive third-round showing at St Andrews.

Amateur golfer Paul Dunne has carded a third-round score of 66 to take a share of the lead at The Open.

The 22-year-old Irishman has come out of nowhere to find himself tied with Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen at the top of the St Andrews standings.

Amateur Paul Dunne of Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the third round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 19, 2015© Getty Images

Having shot 69 on back-to-back days, Dunne holed six eagles to leave himself in strong contention ahead of the final day of play, which will be staged on Monday for just the second time in the competition's illustrious history.

Dunne will be looking to derail Jordan Spieth's bid for the third leg of a calendar grand slam, with the American 11-under - one shot off the leading pack.

Spieth started the day five shots behind outright leader Dustin Johnson, but his compatriot is currently 10-under with three holes of the third round left to play this evening.

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Dustin Johnson of the United States salutes the crowd on the 15th green during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015
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