The Open day three: Oosthuizen on verge of history as Spieth sprints off
Louis Oosthuizen takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the 149th Open as a shocking late miss left Jordan Spieth with an uphill task at Royal St George’s.
Oosthuizen, who was two ahead at halfway thanks to a championship record total of 129, shrugged off a slow start to remain on course for a second Open title as the first wire-to-wire winner since Rory McIlroy in 2014.
A third round of 69 took the South African to 12 under par and a stroke clear of playing partner Collin Morikawa, whose 68 maintained his bid to win the US PGA and Open on his tournament debuts.
Spieth’s challenge faltered badly with dropped shots on the last two holes, the three-time major winner amazingly missing from two feet for par on the 18th and running off to sign his card before heading straight to the practice putting green.
At nine under par Spieth trails Oosthuizen by three shots, with Corey Conners and Scottie Scheffler on eight under and US Open champion Jon Rahm, Dylan Frittelli and Mackenzie Hughes a shot further back.
Tweet of the day
Jordan Spieth literally ran from the 18th green and headed to the practice green after missing from two feet for par.
Quote of the day
The “Sky commentator” in question was none other than three-time Open champion Sir Nick Faldo, who came up with a new way to describe Danny Willett hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 14th.
Shot of the day
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond produced a moment of magic from an unorthodox place on the 11th.
Round of the day
Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre carded the lowest round of the day and capped his 65 in some style with a birdie from 60 feet on the last.
Statistic of the day
Louis Oosthuizen could make history in several ways on Sunday.
For the third day running the par-five 14th played as the easiest, despite Marcel Siem driving out of bounds and making a triple-bogey eight. One eagle and 41 birdies resulted in an average of 4.532.
There was no change in the toughest hole either, the 15th playing to an average of 4.390 and yielding just two birdies from the 77-man field.
Another dry and sunny start with any dew evaporating by mid-morning. Becoming very warm or hot with light winds.
Key tee times
1405 Dylan Frittelli (Rsa), Mackenzie Hughes (Can)
1415 Jon Rahm (Spa), Scottie Scheffler (USA)
1425 Corey Conners (Can), Jordan Spieth (USA)
1435 Collin Morikawa (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
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