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Golf ‘The Open 2015’ Round 3 Full Coverage highlight summary episodes,
Back-to-back birdies for Jason Day, who strokes one in from 30 feet on 6. He’s -9 suddenly. There are 13 players within one shot of the lead! The 2009 champion Tom Watson Stewart Cink birdies the last to sign for a 68; he’s -7, and far from out of this. Bowditch races in a birdie putt from off the front of 9, up and over the ridge, and reaches the turn in 32. He’s -9 overall. This is one of the most congested Opens of all time! There’s gridlock on Moving Day!
Oosthuizen drops out of the lead as soon as he joins it. A short tiddler missed on 10, and that’s a bogey that takes him back to -9. His compatriot Schwartzel takes his place at the top, rolling in a birdie putt from 12 feet on 12. That’s four birdies in a row! How he’s responded to finding the Swilcan Burn with his opening tee shot. His partner Rose birdies too, to move to -8. Meanwhile Spieth has been going so well today … well, this last two years, really, that the jaw drops when he makes a mistake. He sends his approach into 13 into thick rough to the left of the green. But an adroit bump down from where he finds himself, and he’s knocking in his par putt to keep hold of his share.
The 22-year-old Irish amateur Paul Dunne is pitching for the role of Bobby Jones de nos jours! He’s just wedged to four feet on 9, and knocked in the birdie putt to join the leaders! This is astonishing stuff! He’s out in 32, and looks very calm and in control. This is one of the most exciting, fluid and gloriously ludicrous days in recent Open history!
-10: Harrington (16), Spieth (13), Schwartzel (12), Dunne -a- (9), Willett (5), D Johnson (5)
Harrington has lashed his second at 17 from the rough down the left into the front of the green. He’s used the camber to take the ball round to the left, nearer to the hole. He’s got an optimistic look at birdie, from maybe 30 feet, but securing par is the whole idea down the Road Hole. He lags up to 18 inches and taps home for his par. This is a stunning round of golf from the three-time major winner.
The amateur Paul Dunne leads the 2015 Open Championship! He sends his second into 10 over the flag to 12 feet, then strokes in the birdie effort! Niebrugge, not to be outdone by his fellow amateur Dunne, birdies 14 to join the pack at -9. Schwartzel’s approach to 13 takes a flyer through the green, and he can’t get up and down from distance with his putter. He falls out of the pack at -10. Bowditch, meanwhile, joins it with birdie at 12.
-11: Dunne -a- (10)
-10: Harrington (17), Spieth (14), Bowditch (12), Willett (6), D Johnson (6)
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A catch-up with Paul Lawrie, who three-putted 6 to bogey and drop back to -8. He’s since parred 7. His playing partner Marc Warren has parred the last five holes straight since that birdie at 2. The Scottish charge hasn’t happened. Meanwhile Hideki Matsuyama has followed up birdie at 9 with another at 12. He’s -9.
The leader Dunne swishes his tee shot into the heart of 11, and isn’t too far away from sinking a 30-footer for yet another birdie. It stops just short, and a par will have to do. He remains at -11. His playing partner Oosthuizen – the 2010 champ very much in the shade – snatches back the shot he dropped at 8 with birdie, having put his tee shot over the flag to six feet. He’s -10 again. And on 18, Padraig lets a six-footer slide by the left of the cup, so no birdie there. He’ll be extremely content with his 65, though, which takes him to -10. That’s currently a share of second place, though he’ll likely be at least a couple behind, if not more. Either way, he’ll be a serious concern to the rest of the leaders tomorrow.
Birdies on 15 for both Sergio and Spieth. Sergio’s takes him to -9, but Spieth’s earns the Masters and US Open champion a share of the lead. Day birdies the par-three 11th, moving up the leaderboard with stealth. Dunne, wedging to six feet at 12, watches in agony as his birdie putt stays high on the right by one dimple. Meanwhile Dustin Johnson, the 36-hole leader, is now one of only ten players over par today. He duffs a chip coming into 7, then wangs a useless long putt from down the front of the green miles past the flag. Four shots from 70 yards. He drops back to -9. Willett misjudges a chip into the green too, but gets up and down well to save his par and stay at -10. And a couple of others drop careless strokes. Schwartzel faffs around on the 14th green with his putter, and bogeys, dropping to -8. Bowditch misses a tiddler on 13, and he’s back to -9.
-11: Spieth (15), Dunne -a- (12)
-10: Harrington (F), Oosthuizen (11), Day (11), Willett (7)
The 21-year-old US amateur Jordan Niebrugge birdies the last. That’s a magnificent response to bogey at the Road Hole, and a stunning card of 67. He’s -9 for the tournament, a couple off the lead – and yet he’s not leading the chase for the silver medal awarded to low amateur! The astonishing Paul Dunne, of course, still sharing the overall lead at -11. Oosthuizen dribbles a lame six-foot par putt wide right of the 12th. He drops back to -9. Pars for Dustin and Willett at 8.
Goosen has been quiet since that eagle-birdie whammy on 5 and 6. Pars all the way, but he’s just whipped an iron at 13 to four feet, then knocked in the birdie putt. He joins the group in second place at -10. Willett finally turns it on, wedging to two feet from 100 yards at 9. But Dustin’s mechanism has gone completely. He’s left another wedge short. This isn’t his usual meltdown territory or anything – he’s just not playing particularly well, while everyone else is trundling in birdies. His namesake Zach, incidentally, is busy performing his own tribute to Nick Faldo, who took his leave of St Andrews earlier this week. Eleven holes, 11 pars.
Dustin gets up and down from the front of 9, while Willett taps in to claim a share of the lead! Meanwhile a second birdie of the day for the unusually quiet Adam Scott. To the one at 5, he adds another at 11. He’s -9. Streb misses a tiddler on 12, dropping back to -8.
-11: Spieth (16), Dunne -a- (13), Willett (9)
-10: Harrington (F), Goosen (13), Day (12)
Spieth finds the front of 17 in two strokes. Garcia, however, creams his iron to the back of the green, pin high. He’s left with a fairly straight 15-footer for birdie, but it stays out on the left. He taps in for the par he’d have taken back on the tee. But what an approach. Possibly the best to the Road Hole all week. Spieth meanwhile fizzes his putt six feet past. A very missable one coming back – but he slots it away without fuss, and modestly punches the air. He knows how important every shot is. A friendly fist-bump with Sergio as they leave the green. All smiles. Both men playing well. Meanwhile Lawrie and Warren have been in dire need of some inspiration, but they find it on 11, knocking in birdie putts from 20 and 15 feet respectively. They’re both -9 again.