The Open 2021: live score and latest updates from the third round in Sandwich

The Open 2021: live score and latest updates from the third round in Sandwich - PA
The Open 2021: live score and latest updates from the third round in Sandwich - PA

11:10 AM

Too soon ...

McIlroy has dropped a shot on the fifth, the hole that has been playing fourth hardest of the 18 over the first couple of rounds. He bogeyed it on Thursday too, igniting a run of three in succession. He putted off the green to the fringewith his third, leaving him almost 20ft for par which he was unable to make.

10:56 AM

Movement on the course

Paul McGinley reports that the tee boxes are now as far back as possible, the pin positions are very challenging and the breeze is up.

This morning's biggest mover is Antoine Rozner, who won in Dubai in December, Qatar in March and is in 23rd place in the Ryder Cup points table, who has made birdies and five and seven to climb to -1.

Actually he's now the joint biggest mover after Rory McIlroy rattles in a 15ft putt for birdie at the fourth. The 2014 champions is now on -2, nine behind Oosthuizen and seven adrift of Morikawa on the Hillary step.

10:50 AM

DeChambeau drops back

Having begun his third round at one-over and started with eight successive pars, a double bogey at the ninth has left him at +3.

Abraham Ancer began on even pat but started with a triple bogey on the first and a bogey at the second to lurch back to +4.

Rory McIlroy with a decent shout of birdie at the third left his snaking putt high but rolled it in to save par and stays at -1.

10:47 AM

Second round leaders over the past five years

2019 Shane Lowry went on to win.

2018 Zach Johnson tied for 17th

2017 Jordan Spieth went on to win

2016 Phil Mickelson finished second

2015 Dustin Johnson made back-to-back 75s on rounds three and four to finish tied 49th at St Andrews

10:36 AM

Promising news from the first

Where Rory McIlroy has opened his third round with a birdie three to move to one-under.

McIlroy plays a similar role to Woods in driving interest in every major and as much fun as he is to watch at his best, he does tend to skew the narrative.

Nonetheless, I will report that he has made par at the second and hit a wonderful iron shot at the par three third off the tee into the heart of the green.

10:17 AM

Good morning!

Good morning and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of day three of the 149th Open Championship from Royal St George's.

This morning, Bryson Dechambeau started in just the second group of the day and currently sits at one over. Rory McIlroy has made a good start - a birdie on the first - after teeing off at 11.05am.

Last night, Louis Oosthuizen ensured he would take a two-shot lead into the third round after recording the lowest halfway total in championship history.

Oosthuizen fired an eagle and four birdies as he added a 65 to his opening 64 for a total of 129, eclipsing the previous best of 130 set by Sir Nick Faldo in 1992 and matched by Brandt Snedeker in 2012.

Only a bogey on the 16th prevented Oosthuizen from matching the lowest halfway score in any major - Brooks Koepka's 128 in the 2019 US PGA - but he will be more concerned with the Claret Jug than records after the events of this season.

Already a runner-up in all four major championships, Oosthuizen took his unwanted total of near misses to six by finishing second in both the US PGA at Kiawah Island and the US Open at Torrey Pines.

But the 38-year-old South African, who won the Open at St Andrews in 2010 and lost a play-off at the same venue in 2015, is in pole position to claim an overdue second major after following birdies on the first, seventh, 12th and 13th with an eagle on the 14th.

At 11 under par Oosthuizen was two shots clear of 2020 US PGA champion Collin Morikawa, with three-time major winner Jordan Spieth a stroke further back.

Morikawa had earlier been blissfully unaware of his own chance to make history, seven birdies in the first 14 holes meaning he needed to play the remaining four in two under to card the lowest round in any men's major.

However, Morikawa bogeyed the 15th and missed good birdie chances on the 16th and 18th to return a 64, a shot outside the course record and two adrift of the major mark set by Branden Grace at Royal Birkdale in 2017.

Morikawa's halfway total of 131 was also a shot outside the Open record which Oosthuizen would later break, but he said: "I had no clue what any record was. I'm awful with that stuff. I know now."

Morikawa could only finish in a tie for 71st in last week's Scottish Open but credited the experience - and changing three of his irons to cope with the links turf - for his performance at Royal St George's, where Ben Curtis was the last debutant to win the Open in 2003.

The biggest difference is that Curtis was 396th in the world at the time, while Morikawa is ranked fourth and already a major champion following his victory at Harding Park last August.


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