Moving Day at St. Andrews saw a crowded leaderboard, with past champions and surprising talent all vying for the 2015 British Open title.
For the first time in three days, mother nature treated fans to a calm round of golf at the 2015 British Open Championship. The Old Course at St. Andrews was actually vulnerable to today’s groups.
The golfers were more than happy with the break in the crazy weather of the northern hemisphere of the world.
Plenty of today’s players took advantage of the calmness on the course, by going low and putting themselves in contention for tomorrow’s final round.
The 3rd-round leaderboard at @TheOpen is about as wild as it gets. Watch now on ESPN or here: http://t.co/51dd1SgrYG pic.twitter.com/uC2wp5MuH0 — ESPN (@espn) July 19, 2015
17 players were within one shot of the lead at (-12), with what was an ever-changing leaderboard in today’s round. And within that leaderboard were a mixed bag of previous major champions, players waiting to break through, and some playing for the experience.
Well played, Paul. See you tomorrow for the final round of #TheOpen. pic.twitter.com/GXTXCPj2Y2
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 19, 2015
One of those was amateur golfer Paul Dunne. A native of Ireland, the young 22-year old put his name at the top of the leaderboard with South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen at (-12).
If Dunne wins tomorrow, he will join elite company with the great Bobby Jones, as the only amateurs to have won the Open Championship.
Last Amateur to win #TheOpen? Bobby Jones. He won it three times, including here at St Andrews in 1927. https://t.co/Mxo15Adi6B — The Open (@TheOpen) July 19, 2015
In today’s round, Australian Marc Leishman shot today’s low round of 64 putting him tied for sixth place at (-9). After starting in 50th position, he carded eight birdies to move up the leaderboard and four shots off the lead.
American hopeful Jordan Spieth increased his chances at grabbing the third leg of the calendar Grand Slam, by shooting a (-6) for today, and getting to (-11) under heading into tomorrow.
After the past two days of the second round, it looked like Spieth was feeling the frustration of the tournament and pressure of making history. However, his pairing with Sergio Garcia may have helped lift his spirits. During the telecast, they both were feeding off each other and having fun doing it.
A humorous moment between the two was seen on the 18th hole, heading into the clubhouse. Garcia appeared to be the first to tee off and was setting up on the tee box. However, it was Spieth who had the “honors”. After some confusion, both players laughed it off.
Jordan Spieth shoots 66 (-6) at the end of his 3rd round at The Open. Spieth is one away from leader, Danny Willett. pic.twitter.com/yiWxeXtm2A
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 19, 2015
Perhaps it was this break from the norm, that allowed him to relax. Spieth’s third round 66 made a statement to the rest of the field that he was here to win!
With everyone seeming to seize the day with low scores, one man seemed to be left out.
Dustin Johnson, the leader through the first two rounds, took a few step backs and fell to being tied for 18th with a third round 75, which put him at (-7) for the championship.
After carding his first birdie of the day on the par four 15th, Johnson closed out his round with three bogeys. Not a good way to finish heading into tomorrow.
On a day where the Old Course played to an average of 69.71, Dustin Johnson bogeyed the last 3 to shoot 75. pic.twitter.com/PVZlB61bNT
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 19, 2015
This should be an exciting finish to a unique Open Championship!
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The good about tomorrow @TheOpen? There will be a new champion. The bad? We can’t play this amazing championship for another 360 days ❤️❤️ — Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) July 19, 2015