Louis Oosthuizen will take a one shot lead into the final round
South African Louis Oosthuizen held his nerve to lead the British Open by one shot after a gripping third round played out in bright sunshine at Royal St George’s.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, had moved serenely to 13 under par with a birdie at the ninth hole before two bogeys, his second and third of the tournament, halted his progress.
Americans Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa joined him in a three-way tie for the lead but Oosthuizen then sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-three 16th to move back to the top of the leaderboard and carded a 69 to finish at 12 under.
Oosthuizen, 38, has finished second in six major championships since his triumph at St Andrews 11 years ago.
Morikawa, who won last year’s PGA Championship at the age of 23, emerged as Oosthuizen’s closest challenger, recovering from a poor start to collect four birdies and sign for a 68 that left him on 11 under.
Spieth, bidding to lift the Claret Jug for the second time, racked up four early birdies and another one at the 10th took him to 12 under.
The 27-year-old’s putter went cold on the back nine, however, a dropped shot at the 11th halting his momentum before he bogeyed the last two holes in a round of 69 to finish at nine under.
Canadian Corey Conners put together a sparkling 66 to get to eight under alongside American Scottie Scheffler, one ahead of Spain’s Jon Rahm, Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and South African Dylan Frittelli.
When does the final round start?
The final round is on Sunday 18 July.
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event now have exclusive live coverage of The Open. Coverage on Sunday starts at 8am and is scheduled to finish around 8pm. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return to follow all the action on our dedicated live blog.
What do we know about Royal St George’s?
A classical links on England’s south east coast, St George’s most distinctive feature is the rolling undulations of the fairways, which can kick a seemingly good drive into trouble. It also features a number of blind shots, in contrast to venues such as Royal Birkdale which are very much all in front of the player.
James Bond author Ian Fleming was one of the club’s famous members.
The course will measure 7,189 yards and play as a par 70 for the tournament.
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What is the weather forecast?
The last few weeks have seen plenty of rain leaving the course looking quite lush and green by the standards of summer.
The weather is due to be glorious on Sunday as a heat wave crashes over southern England. Temperatures reached 22 degrees on Saturday and will rise to 26 degrees today.
What are our writers saying?
You can read Oliver Brown’s thoughts on Bryson DeChambeau’s poor display here:
Even after an abject mea culpa, Bryson DeChambeau found there was still no pleasing some people. Never mind that he had worn full sackcloth and ashes for berating the deficiencies of his Cobra driver, helpfully clarifying that “I sucked today, not my equipment”, the merry patrons at a sun-bleached Sandwich still struggled to embrace him. When, on the 10th tee, he reached for his hybrid, rather than the 46-inch blunderbuss that they had come to watch him blast 400 yards into knee-high fescue, some audibly groaned. “Come on guys,” he replied, wondering what, in his PR efforts as much as in his long game, he needed to do to catch a break.
All told, they were letting him off lightly. When he had choked down to a four-iron for his opening drive, they welcomed him with a welter of ironic boos. There was a pantomime element to this, but DeChambeau’s treatment did illustrate the British public’s struggles to reconcile the two Brysons in their minds. Did they support a golfing Hercules, capable of inflicting greater savagery with his 200mph ball speed that mere mortals could only imagine? Or did they mutter disapproval at an often petulant man-child, who once castigated a cameraman for failing to protect his brand?
Who are the leading contenders?
The top three, going into today are:
Louis Oosthuizen (-12): Finished second at the US Open and USPGA this season and is becoming a major specialist. Won his Open at St Andrews in 2010 but perhaps does not convert as many opportunities as he should. Entered the weekend with a two shot lead at 11 under, a record for the halfway stage in Open history.
Collin Morikawa (-11): Competing in just his second ever links event and is making his debut at The Open. The American has produced three sparkling rounds of golf so far, including a fantastic 64 in round two.
Jordan Spieth (-9): Produced a memorable run of birdies to win this at Royal Birkdale in 2017 and has been much improved in 2021, finishing third at the Masters but failing to contend at the USPGA and US Open. Has turned in three excellent rounds but missed easy putts at the end of round three.
What are the tee times?
08:00 Kevin Kisner (USA)
08:10 Richard Mansell, Poom Saksansin (Tha)
08:20 Sam Burns (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA)
08:30 Yuxin Lin (Chn), Brendan Steele (USA)
08:40 Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Chan Kim (USA)
08:50 Richard Bland, Padraig Harrington
09:00 Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn), J. C. Ritchie (Rsa)
09:10 Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Chez Reavie (USA)
09:20 Billy Horschel (USA), Adam Scott (Aus)
09:30 Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Xander Schauffele (USA)
09:45 Harris English (USA), Jonathan Thomson
09:55 Abraham Ancer (Mex), Benjamin Hebert (Fra)
10:05 Marcus Armitage, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
10:15 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Sergio Garcia (Spa)
10:25 Johannes Veerman (USA), Jack Senior
10:35 Matthias Schmid (Ger), Lee Westwood
10:45 Max Homa (USA), Justin Thomas (USA)
10:55 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Ian Poulter
11:05 Rory McIlroy, Sam Horsfield
11:15 Tony Finau (USA), Daniel van Tonder (Rsa)
11:30 Dean Burmester (Rsa), Brandt Snedeker (USA)
11:40 Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland (Nor)
11:50 Talor Gooch (USA), Antoine Rozner (Fra)
12:00 Ryan Fox (Nzl), Brooks Koepka (USA)
12:10 Brian Harman (USA), Justin Rose
12:20 Aaron Rai, Matt Wallace
12:30 Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lanto Griffin (USA)
12:40 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Dustin Johnson (USA)
12:50 Cameron Tringale (USA), Danny Willett
13:00 Joel Dahmen (USA), Jason Kokrak (USA)
13:15 Robert MacIntyre, Andy Sullivan
13:25 Paul Casey, Shane Lowry
13:35 Daniel Berger (USA), Webb Simpson (USA)
13:45 Kevin Streelman (USA), Marcel Siem (Ger)
13:55 Justin Harding (Rsa), Cameron Smith (Aus)
14:05 Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa)
14:15 Jon Rahm (Spa), Scottie Scheffler (USA)
14:25 Corey Conners (Can), Jordan Spieth (USA)
14:35 Collin Morikawa (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)