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Oosthuizen takes one-shot lead into Open closing spherical

The South African is on the lookout for his second Main title after additionally successful the Open in 2010, at St Andrews.

Louis Oosthuizen held off a cost from Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth to remain in entrance by one shot on 12 underneath par on the British Open after a sun-bathed third spherical at Royal St. George’s on Saturday.

The South African is aiming to elevate the Claret Jug for a second time on Sunday after his sole main victory to this point got here at St Andrews in 2010.

Nevertheless, he has completed second in six majors since then, together with on the US PGA Championship and US Open previously two months, and should maintain his nerve on the ultimate spherical.

Resuming on 11 underneath par in pristine circumstances, Oosthuizen was unlucky to not make greater than a strong begin as birdie putts on the first two holes shaved the cup in a run of six straight pars.

His persistence paid off as he birdied the par-five seventh after which picked up one other shot on the ninth.

Nevertheless, after dropping only one shot in his opening two rounds, bogeys at 11 and 13 allowed Morikawa and Spieth to briefly take a share of the lead.

Oosthuizen regained his composure and his exact placing for birdie on the par-three sixteenth to retake the lead outright and can once more be partnered with Morikawa within the closing group on Sunday.

The younger American made a nervous begin to his third spherical, dropping two strokes within the first six holes.

Nevertheless, the 24-year-old shortly bounced again to make the flip in degree par for his spherical and consecutive birdies at 13 and 14 put him in an important place to problem for his second main at 11 underneath.

Three-putt prices Spieth

Spieth’s bid for a second Open Championship faltered late on as he three-putted on the 18th inexperienced to fall again to 9 underneath.

The American had obtained off to a flier with birdies on the second, fourth, sixth and tenth to maneuver to 11 underneath.

However, simply as in his second spherical when he blamed being hungry for a poor end, the three-time main winner struggled coming dwelling as he additionally made bogey on the eleventh and sixteenth.

The anticipated push from a stellar forged of former main champions additional down the leaderboard by no means materialised on ‘transferring day’, with the third spherical usually the time when potential winners emerge.

Pre-tournament favorite and lately topped US Open champion Jon Rahm was the one huge title to haul himself into rivalry with a 68 to maneuver to seven underneath.

World primary Dustin Johnson dropped again to 4 underneath with a 3 over par spherical which might have been a lot worse however for birdies on the 14th and sixteenth.

4-time main champion Brooks Koepka is three underneath after making three bogeys within the first 5 holes to put up a 72.

Canada’s Corey Connors and American Scottie Scheffler are well-positioned at eight underneath.

‘Story of two nines’

Earlier, Rory McIlroy’s hopes of a fifth main title light on the again 9 after an electrifying begin from the Northern Irishman entertained the hundreds following his third spherical.

Crowds of as much as 32,000 have been allowed into the 149th Open Championship regardless of surging an infection charges for the coronavirus in England.

The largest galleries of the event thus far noticed McIlroy make 5 birdies on the entrance 9 to take the flip in 4 underneath par for the day and the championship.

However a mixture of untamed driving off the tee and sloppy placing noticed McIlroy drop photographs on the eleventh, thirteenth and fifteenth to fall again to 1 underneath.

“Kind of a story of two nines,” McIlroy mentioned after strolling off the 18th inexperienced.

“The again 9 performed robust. They’re kind of tucking the pins away. They’ve stretched the golf course out to so long as it could play.”

Bombastic world quantity six Bryson DeChambeau has dominated the headlines in Sandwich for the fallacious causes after taking goal at the usual of his driver after a disappointing opening spherical.

The American, who simply made the lower, suffered one other irritating day as a double bogey on the ninth set the tone for his two over spherical of 72.

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