Open Championship wrap after third round

Open Championship wrap after third round”

Spieth is 11 under par and goes into Sunday with a three-shot cushion over Matt Kuchar. "If you kept it in play, it was nearly hard to make a bogey". I feel confident. The large confidence tank that was empty a few months ago is starting to fill up and I like it when it gets full up. If not, I can sleep during the day tomorrow; we don't tee off until pretty late.

On an average Saturday morning, Gregg Pettersen would be working a busy shift in the pro shop at Royal Birkdale.

Grace shot a major-championship record 62 on Saturday, but that was in windless, soft conditions.

"Not to make stupid mistakes, Poulter said", when asked what he could do to get back into contention on Sunday. And then Spieth stole a birdie at the end when his approach narrowly missed the bunker right of the green and had enough spin to stay on the putting surface for his final birdie.

Connelly - who was born in Texas, has duel American-Canadian citizenship and is a close friend of Spieth - looked right at home at Birkdale, even though this was his first major.

There is a big gap between Spieth, Kuchar and the next names on the board, but the player with the next best odds is the last major victor Brooks Keopka at 20/1, who shot a meager 2-under par to sit at 5-under for the tournament and six shots behind Spieth. He played the final 10 holes without a bogey. Rory McIlroy made a strong early run before settling for a 69 and is nine back. This one left him nine shots behind. "I've always been good when I get off to fast starts to keep it going but I didn't today and that's the disappointing thing". I was there. But this thing is over.

Spieth was rarely in trouble. 7 and 8, but Kuchar pulled within one shot with a long birdie putt at No. 14.

Spieth was up to the task, though, and there was a two-shot swing on the 16th, Kuchar making double bogey after finding a bunker off the tee and then taking three putts.

A combination of softened greens and still conditions - in total contrast to the gusts of Friday - led to plentiful birdie opportunities during round three.

"You've got to be able to be conservatively aggressive, I guess you could say is the best way to put it". "Certainly, I'm not out of it".

There was a time where I thought Kuchar would find a way to win this weekend, but his double bogey on 16 today changed that. It's about being very positive and really staying very focused on a game plan.

"Just play a good round of golf and see where that finishes me, I guess". He putted beautifully to reach the turn in 31 but he couldn't shake off 39-year-old Kuchar, who also took 31. He won the Masters with a four-shot lead in 2015 and lost the Masters the following year with a one-shot lead at the start of the final round, and a five-shot lead at the turn.

Anything can happen in links golf, but it does appear to be a two-horse race as Austin Connelly of Canada and US Open champion Brooks Koepka are tied for third but have work to do on -5. Kuchar is hoping to become the eighth consecutive first-time victor in a major, but that double may come back to haunt him.

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