Shane Lowry recovered from a disappointing second round to shoot a three-under 69 on Saturday to move back into the mix on five-under overall at the Players Championship.

The 2019 Open champion found himself in the top three after his opening-round 68 at TPC Sawgrass, however, a two-over-par 74 on Friday saw Lowry move back outside the top 20 heading into the weekend.


Lowry began the day on the front foot and made an opening birdie before adding another on the seventh to turn at two under, four under for the tournament.

Two further birdies and a bogey on 15 saw Lowry post an impressive 69 to end the day on five under par in a share of 16th place heading into the final round.

The Clara man would still have to go very low on Sunday to have a chance of competing for the unofficial fifth major, as he still finds himself eight shots off the lead, which is currently held by Lee Westwood who sits on 13-under, two shots clear of Bryson de Chambeau.

Westwood faces another Sunday battle with DeChambeau after the Englishman finished runner-up to the big-hitting American at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last weekend.

The former world number one, who is looking to become the first Englishman to win the event, has been rock solid so far and did not drop a shot in a four-under-par round of 68 on Saturday.

After shooting all pars on the front nine, the 47-year-old began to take his chances coming home with birdies at the 10th, 12th, 16th and, most memorably, the fearsome 17th.

DeChambeau carded a 67, making his move with hat-trick of birdies from the 10th to reach 11 under.

The 27-year-old praised Westwood, saying: "His driving is impeccable, his iron play is impeccable and he makes putts when he needs to. Fortunately for me last week I was able to get the job done, and I think tomorrow is going to be an incredible battle."

American Justin Thomas shares third place with compatriot Doug Ghim on ten under, while Spain's Jon Rahm is currently tied for fifth place alongside England's Paul Casey and American Brian Harman.