Watch Rory McIlroy make eagle from considered one of St. Andrews' noted bunkers at the Open - ESPN

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- It may yet be probably the most important shot of Rory McIlroy's life. McIlroy, looking to win his first principal on the grounds that 2014 at this weekend's Open at St. Andrews, raised the loudest cheer from the fifty two,000-mighty crowd when he chipped in for an eagle from a bunker on the tenth hole all through the third round.

McIlroy changed into nicely placed heading into Saturday, and he persisted his charge on relocating day with a three-under 33 on the entrance nine. The eagle on the tenth propelled him to a tie for the lead with Viktor Hovland.

On the par four, McIlroy's 334-yard force found the bunker at once in entrance of the green. As he approached his 2d shot, the claustrophobic nature of St. Andrews' path layout intended he backed off the ball twice because Cameron younger and Cameron Smith have been teeing off from the ninth.

McIlroy then weighed up the shot once again and from 27 yards out managed to gap the bunker blast. He emerged from the bunker, gave his caddie a hug and then raised an arm toward the crowd in social gathering.

Hovland even offered congratulations.

And the gang seemed to find it irresistible, too.

It turned into the second eagle on the 10th on Saturday after Shane Lowry managed lower back-to-back eagles on the ninth and tenth prior in the day.

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