Louis Oosthuizen headed into the ultimate spherical of the 149th Open with a one-shot lead on Sunday, 11 years to the day since he lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews.
Aiming to turn into the primary wire-to-wire winner since Rory McIlroy in 2014, Oosthuizen carded a 3rd spherical of 69 at Royal St George’s to achieve 12 beneath par, with 2020 US PGA champion Collin Morikawa his nearest rival following a 68.
Three-time main winner Jordan Spieth had loved a share of the lead till dropping pictures on the final two holes, the 2017 champion amazingly lacking from two ft on the 18th and working off to signal his card earlier than heading straight to the follow placing inexperienced.
At 9 beneath par Spieth trailed Oosthuizen by three pictures, with Corey Conners and Scottie Scheffler on eight beneath and US Open champion Jon Rahm Dylan Frittelli and Mackenzie Hughes a shot additional again.
Oosthuizen, who completed runner-up within the US PGA and US Open this season and had set a championship scoring document along with his midway whole of 129, mentioned: “The R&A weren’t happy with the low scoring and they put some pins out there which were questionable.
“I made a few loose swings out there but I’m very excited, it is a great position.”
Tweet of the day
Jordan Spieth actually ran from the 18th inexperienced and headed to the follow inexperienced after lacking from two ft for par.
Quote of the day
The “Sky commentator” in query was none apart from three-time Open champion Sir Nick Faldo, who got here up with a brand new strategy to describe Danny Willett hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 14th.
Shot of the day
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond produced a second of magic from an unorthodox place on the eleventh.
Round of the day
Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre carded the bottom spherical of the day and capped his 65 in some type with a birdie from 60 ft on the final.
Statistic of the day
Louis Oosthuizen might make historical past in a number of methods on Sunday.
For the third day working the par-five 14th performed as the best, regardless of Marcel Siem driving out of bounds and making a triple-bogey eight. One eagle and 41 birdies resulted in a mean of 4.532.
There was no change within the hardest gap both, the fifteenth taking part in to a mean of 4.390 and yielding simply two birdies from the 77-man discipline.
Another dry and sunny begin with any dew evaporating by mid-morning. Becoming very heat or scorching with gentle winds.
Key tee instances
1405 Dylan Frittelli (RSA), Mackenzie Hughes (Can)1415 Jon Rahm (Spa), Scottie Scheffler (USA)1425 Corey Conners (Can), Jordan Spieth (USA)1435 Collin Morikawa (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)