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In a rugged, windswept corner of South Ayrshire, that is where it all
began. It was in Prestwick that old Tom Morris struck the very first
shot. Eight golfers played three rounds to decide the land's greatest
player. The numbers may have grown, but the aim is the same, this is the
one, 156 years ago, this is where the Open was born. Welcome home.
Good evening. Yes, it sure, the home of the Open championship is once
again a place for old heads, experience and golfing gal, just as
it was in the days of old Tom Morris. Phil Mickelson certainly has
plenty of those qualities. At the age of 46, he could join that 19th
century golfing pioneer is the oldest winner of the Open
championship. The last 24 hours here Royal Troon have been wet and wild,
and in a sport where you'd is trending, the opposite is true in
this major championship. Old guys rule, well, they did yesterday.
Garcia, running well, running very well. Andrew Johnston, Beef, what a
gem. Charl Schwartzel, that could be one of the shots of the week. Bill
Haas, nice finish, nice round. Tony Finau, that is a pretty nice
position to be in, 4-under par in the clubhouse. Zach Johnson, that is
the way to birdie the second. That is another one for Bradley. He moves
to 7-under par. That is a little bonus. 7-under par. Brilliant from
Stenson. To shoot 6-under par in these conditions, it is pretty
sweet. Yes, I am just moving along. It is all about getting in
contention, being in position on Sunday and this is a good stead.
Another good round for Mickelson, a couple under today. I am hopeful
that is an opportunity on Sunday to bring home the Claret Jug. That
would be incredible, but I know it is a long process, there is lots of
golf left. By the halfway point, Mickelson, the Muirfield champion,
had followed up his 63 on Thursday with a hard-fought 69. His three
shot lead at around one was slashed to just one thanks to a brilliant 65
from Sweden's Henrik Stenson. Two other over 40s in the chasing pack
by the holder, Zach Johnson, and Soren Kjeldsen. Five men, including
England's Andrew Johnston, start their Saturday from six shots
behind. Rory McIlroy is eight shots back. Another moving day in an Open
Championship. Which direction that movement will be remains to be seen.
The wind is whipping in off the Firth of Clyde is such an extent
that the organisers have made some changes to the course. Ken Brown can
explain. Certainly a breeze about this morning and some hot news from
the Royal and Ancient. Rules advisory note, the forecast is for
high winds. The greens have not been cut. Very unusual. We have not cut
the greens in case it gets too windy and the Paul Sturrock to blog about.
Let's look at this one. We are on the 13th hole. You can feel there is
a little bit more grass on. It is fluffy. It will help the balls to
not be around. The forecast for the breezes 25-30 mph. It will be
difficult if it is as strong as that. It is another day for hats
with clips in them to keep them down. Ken has opted for the natural
look. It should stay largely dry until later at the tail end of the
afternoon. No worries from his perspective but that may be a factor
in the rounds of the men at the head of this championship. A quick look
at some of the later paintings. That is appealing for the crowd to
get its teeth into. Bill Haas, board -- voted the PGA Tour's most
underrated player starts at 2:50 p.m.. Zach Johnson outlasted
everyone in last year's marathon open at St Andrews. He will be
playing with Tony Finau. Phil leads a major at halfway for
the sixth time. He has only once gone on to win from that position.
It will be a long wait for them. Up ahead, the early starters were
trying to make an impression on the leaderboard. World number one Jason
Day set off on a mission from 1-over par. He moved to 1-under par and
unleashed a 375 yard Drive at the seventh hole and created this chance
for birdie, birdie number three of the morning. At the ninth hole,
Jason Day setting up this putt for a fourth birdie of the day. He is
making progress. The Australian was 94th in the field after round one,
and surging into a tie for 11th place, moving 3-under par. But the
US PGA champion has not made a birdie on the N word nine yet this
week. He turned for home with an immediate bogey. Missing from 4.5
feet. Back to 2-under par. This is the situation. The leaders are
waiting their turn. Behind them, the players hoping to make their moves
today. Amongst them, Jason Day in the group at 3-under par. Rickie
Fowler has made some progress with a birdie at the second. He is 1-under
par for his round. Let's join commentary.
Thank you. Looking down from high on Troon, Royal Troon, and on the
right-hand side, skirting along the beach, it is the opening hole, and
on it, Rory McIlroy. With the starting time at 1:40 p.m.. This is
his tee shot. I do not think anybody saw that. It
could be in a spot of bother. It did not lie. -- bounce. It is straight
into the rough. A difficult second shot for Rory McIlroy. Jason Day,
relief from the hospitality. Pitching up, this is not easy to get
it close. McIlroy took a gamble with the driver from the tee. He has come
off second best. Jason Day, struggling at the 12th
hole. Only one dropped shot at the end of the day. A sparkling outward
nine. Trembling at the moment. McIlroy for his par at the opening
hole. You cannot be giving away shots. These are the easiest poles
on the course. -- the easiest holes. That is five, and back 2-under par.
-- back to 1-under par. Rickie Fowler for a birdie at the fourth
hole. Well done, up and down from the sand. 3-under par. From the
United States, he pulled his tee shots. Not a bad lie. He gives it a
fond, and flies it into the wind. It is a good shot. How he stopped it, I
do not know. Steve Stricker, the United States threatened. This is
for birdie at nine. Nothing changes. It in 34, 2-under par. After that
splendid second, Jim Herman tucks it in for a three on his opening hole.
3-under partygoers. -- under-par he goes. JB Holmes for
his three on the first. He goes to 3-under par, playing alongside Jim
Herman, both getting birdies at the opening hole. The Americans
together. McIlroy to finish things out at the third. A big drive. My
goodness. He bogeys the first, past the second, and bogeys on the third
from absolutely nowhere. -- pars the second. JB Holmes, his second to the
second. He will send it along way. A good touch. A beautiful shot from JB
Holmes, the man from Kentucky. McIlroy in a bit of a downslope at
the fourth hole. He flips it out nicely. He will have that for his
birdie. He was a little unlucky were the ball finished in the bunker. JB
Holmes with the simplest of happens. He has a great record at the Open.
Five times he has played and missed the cut. 4-under par for the
championship. -- he does not have a great record at the Open.
They are wishing this one in. A birdie at the fourth hole. He has
got it, a bit of cheer after a slow start.
There is his card, two bogeys and a birdie, 1-under par. Wrapped up
fairly warm. Henrik Stenson, from Sweden is wearing a woolly hat,
three layers, water approves. He is feeling the worst. He still has the
sunglasses, just in case, just in case. -- waterproofs. He is being
tested by the sand again, Rory McIlroy. It is a good iron. -- lie.
He will chase it up there. On the tee, Andrew Johnston.
APPLAUSE He gave that sum. He really does
hammer it out there. The flight on that, the left edge of the fairway.
Go on, the Beef. Nearly when the green. A pitch and putt Canty will
have his birdie. This would be a real boost for Rory McIlroy's ground
today. This is for par. He doesn't seem to have great
adapted to the pace of the greens this morning. Tune looking north up
the sure coast, it is beginning to move. JB Holmes making his presence
felt on the leaderboard after back-to-back birdies at the 1st and
second, there are five men under par today. I wonder what the
possibilities will be as we go forward to the third day at The
Open. COMMENTATOR: Rory McIlroy has been driver all the way so far, here
we are at the 6th, down the right-hand side. He likes it. This
could go forever. Hits the downslope, go on. One of those
little hollows. OK. The green is well in range.
It was driver off the tee for Andrew Johnston. Just short of the front
left greenside bunker, pitch up to here. This for an opening three.
Rory McIlroy a little bit disappointed, but his second was
better than this but still a little shy, still, and legal putt. -- and
legal putt. Kevin Na. Deliberate player. Very
nice. Birdie on the second Kevin Na, moves to four under. Driver again
for Rory McIlroy on the seventh, this is downwind. That is straight
as an arrow as well. Just a little bit to the right. Here we go. That's
just about there, in the gully just short of the green. 390 yard hole,
395 yards. That's a good one, could be a very good one, an outstanding
one, it just seemed to turn the other way at the cup. Good drive,
certain birdie now. JB Holmes. Short backswing. Another one. Three
birdies on the card and he's only played five holes.
Seventh green, Rory very nearly drove the putting surface, pitched
to hear, this poor birdie, little bit of movement from the left. Not
sure that's finished yet. Not a great start. Very up and down, some
brilliant driving. One of your favourites, Patrick Reed. Yes, this
to go to four under. Just nudges it in.
Ryan Moore. From the United States, this would be far away, he is a good
chap. What did I tell you? It's a double hat day, Peter. Big
crowd around the screen, Rory has this. -- this green. Oh!
Some Rory supporters getting a bit vocal. They have been on the jungle
juice. Henrik Stenson going to the first, just checking where we are,
the East Coast or the West Coast? He is checking the pins out. Just
seeing where they are. Got the wrong book. Patrick Reed. For birdie. This
to go to 5-under. He's got it. Four birdies in a row. On the tee,
from Sweden, Henrik Stenson! APPLAUSE
The body action tells us that is up the right-hand. No great chase.
Died. OK. On the tee, from the USA, Phil Mickleson! APPLAUSE
Different tactic for Phil Mickleson. He has been on sparkling form.
Patrick Reed at the 8th. 100 yards, that is all it is, he has pulled it.
That could be horrid. Oh dear. That is one of the prose in new yacht
they just had made in hamburger! -- one of the professionals New York's
they just had made in pretty frugal in dropping strokes
this week. Zach Johnson. We have seen a lot of putts holed
this week in conditions which have not been favourable but my word they
have got a lot from long range. STUDIO: Henrik Stenson underway and
earlier today, his compatriot Yester part of it who was runner-up year 19
years ago said this on Twitter. COMMENTATOR: Just wondering where to
land this one. We have not seen anyone put one in within a foot or
two of the hole so far. A little hollow and a few bumps round and
about. It looks so simple, can see the shoulder coming off the right
right-hand bunker. Just have to be right. Took the spin, looked as if
it was Greg Rutherford Ptit Zig nicely, but it did not. -- looked as
if it was going to run in nicely. But it did not. It's gone. Trickles
down the bank. Done pretty well. Phil Mickleson for an opening birdie
three at the 1st hole. He switches between the conventional
grip and the King's Cross special, right-hand side ways on the shaft. I
don't think these slower greens will suit him. He likes them fast.
Patrick Reed after a run of four birdies has this for par at the 8th.
Run it, run it, run it, oh. No one has really managed to read
this one, it's a double breaker. If he pops it in he will be tied at the
top on 10-under with Phil Mickleson. Yes, yes, yes, what a lovely start.
Beautifully struck. The wind is getting up. It's been up all day.
Ken has been out braving the weather, tell us about it.
I do like to be beside the seaside and Troon is beside the seaside, as
you would expect there is a bit of wind about. Let's look at the plant.
The Kop house is back there in the distance, the opening Nice -- nine
holes, clubhouse, the first - sixth all run in the same direction and
the wind is generally blowing out of the West. These opening six or play
down breeze, the play relatively easily. There is a loop at the end
here where you go 7-9 then ten, 11, 12 goes the other way, and 13-18
they are going directly into the breeze so the closing are really
tough. You have to make your score on the front nine and hold on on the
back nine. This is a fantastic place, these opening holes are
critical. That back nine, by jingle it is so tricky if the wind is in
the prevailing direction. 37 from the left, the pin was moved this
morning from a much more awkward spot due to the wind. Mickelson
forced to play. -- first to play. Sergio Garcia for par at the 4th.
Big swing, turn it, just too high and too hard. Danger lurking on
every hole when the conditions are like this. Soren Kjeldsen.
After a humongous way long drive an eagle chance, 394 yards, this hole.
Hardly human. Hit it, got it so far in one and then, oh. They don't
learn, these boys. That's magnificent hit. He is a big
thumper. Playing nicely today. Mickelson for three, Vista go to
11-under. -- Vista go to 11-under. He has used this putting style since
he was a youngster. Stenson at the third, 379 yards. He
will really club this. If that is on line, it will not be far-away,
surely. Here she comes, it is still running. It is in the bunker. Akpala
lie, know I do not, yes I do. -- I tell a lie, no I do not. Bill Haas,
the son of Jay Haas. He is going very steadily, as he often does.
Kjeldsen, after that rather flamboyant first putt. That was a
bit bold, the first one. And shot thrown away. We need a bit
of Stenson Mac -- we need a bit of Mickelson magic. With the wind, you
need something special. He needs to land on some long forgotten piece of
chewing gum, maybe, to stop it running. If anyone can do it, he
can. And amazingly vicious swing, up in
the air. That is a wonderful shot. To have the courage to swing that
hard. A brilliant result. Steve Stricker, yesterday he had 17 pars,
and an eight on his card, which was a shame. He is very reliable when he
is potting. He plays a very economic schedule these days, but when he
does play, he is normally there are thereabouts. Holmes, for a birdie at
the ninth, this is to go to 6-under par. It is there.
Well done, JB. Phil Mickelson took the outright lead at 515 on
Thursday. That was on day one and he held it to 3:30pm this afternoon. 46
hours and challenged at the top but he has company now after the opening
birdie from Henrik Stenson, and tiptoeing into the picture, JB
Holmes and Bill Haas. Zach Johnson has also picked up a birdie, and
Rafa Cabrera-Bello, third on the European Tour's money list, he has
had a wonderful season and it continues at Troon. Lots of red
white and blue on the board. Back down to the third. This is quite an
inviting bunker shot. If you mishit it, it will pitch on the downslope.
Yes, yes. He misread it. A wonderful splash shot. Another birdie for
Henrik. He is staking his claim. Johnson, for birdie. A rather
unlikely birdie after that slightly well tee shot. Out in 33, going
well. A birdie four Henrik Stenson. He currently has the outright lead
at 11-under par, but Phil has won two tie with him. -- has one to tie.
Can he read this for his third birdie of the day? Yes, they are
starting to pull ahead, the final pairing, both 11-under par. Phil
Mickelson targeting his second Open Championship.
The tee shot of Zach Johnson, on the fifth hole.
It will kick on from the back of the front bunker, no, straight into the
front bunker. That is where McIlroy was earlier. Soren Kjeldsen, the
pitch up the fourth hole. There is a little clearer just short of the
flag. Get up, get help. The green is slow enough. That is just sticking.
That for his birdie. JB Holmes, John Bradley Holmes, if you are
wondering. If you were not, you have been told. He bumped that into the
bank so well. It is a beautiful shot from JB Holmes. Nearly another
birdie. Not a bogey on his card today. 6-under for the championship.
Zach Johnson at five, the par three. He just caught the edge of the
bunker. Always a dangerous thing, bunkers in links golf. Soren
Kjeldsen, for his birdie. Yes. Kjeldsen breaks free of the pack on
6-under. He is within four of Stenson and Mickelson.
Henrik Stenson, sizing up his second to the fourth hole. He has played
well today, rock-solid. One of the finest iron players in
the game. That is an example of it. Great work by Stenson. That is for
illegal. -- for eagle. Zach Johnson, for his bogey on the fifth. There
was a shank in the bunker, it came out for a long putt, and then a
horrible second, two shots gone for Johnson. He tumbled back to 4-under
par. The veteran, Steve Stricker, on the final hole for birdie.
That is a bit of a weak attempt for Steve. But that is a thin plastic
round of 68. In difficult conditions. -- that is a wonderful
round. 1-under par for the bag nine. He could sell that this afternoon.
Bill Haas, 608 yards to the pin today. That is for his birdie.
Martin Kaymer, to get to 4-under par. He strolls against. Martin
Kaymer reaches the town in 35. Three birdies in his last four holes. That
is a good birdie for Bill Haas at six. It takes him to 6-under par.
Mickelson, this for birdie. Stenson even closer with a part for eagles
to come. You can see the little ridge that he has to come up. --
with a putt for eagle. Will it get their? It will, but slightly adrift.
Par for Mickelson, and Stenson, with his chance to come. Garcia, on the
Postage Stamp. Narrow stance, slightly open. Just 100 yards today.
There we go, peppering the flag. Garcia playing alongside Andrew
Johnston to be. Johnston has had a good one.
So far, four Henrik Stenson, has it been such an assured start to the
round. He is tied for the lead. This will take him a step forward.
That is a bad putt. No eagle, but it will be another birdie. Three
birdies in the first four holes. Henrik Stenson, 12-under par, leads
the Open championship on his own. Yes, the 40-year-old from
Gothenberg, standing six feet two, standing very proud. At the top of
the Open championship leaderboard. What a dramatic start for Stenson.
Phil Mickelson licking up at the man who is yet to win a major
championship. There is a big green at the fifth
hole, but it looks like a small target. Stenson wants to stay inside
that right-hand bunker and feed it to the left.
He has looked impressive. Is this his time?
The wind has really dropped away. 13 mph, drifting from right to left.
Mickelson, for the first time since Thursday afternoon, chasing the lead
at the Open. The perfect club, but once again,
Stenson is inside him. An awkward one on the sixth hole for Tony
Finau. He got here in two. Alp and down for birdie. It was lying OK in
the sand, so not too much trouble. All the way across the green on the
fifth for Mickelson. He is just being outshone at the
moment by Stenson. Now, Garcia for his two on the eighth hole.
Perfectly judged. He claims the Postage Stamp. A birdie on the
seventh and the eighth holes. He moves to 6-under par. Always put
same routine, a couple of twirls with the Parker as he steps up. Feet
apart and the forward price. There it is, he pops it in. A safe par on
the fifth hole. And the smile. Finau, for birdie at the sixth hole,
to join a group of four others, five players at 6-under par. They are
behind the two runaway leaders. It might be raining again, but it is
amazing how these guys have had the best of the conditions on Thursday
and Friday, and now, as the leaders, they are getting the better fit
again. The wind has dropped a little bit, and Henrik Stenson, it in
front, to extend his lead. That was good. Go on. Everything but the
hitting. A couple of inches short. It is a safe par for Stenson.
3-under for his first five. Lining up on the sixth hole, the third shot
for Kjeldsen. A bit of a downslope, but not lying
too badly, Wayne. The club faces wide-open, the pin is at the front.
What about that? He moves to 7-under par. He would have been kicking
himself walking down from the tee that he could not get the ball well
up into the green. There are many ways to make it two. Gently ease the
pin aside. There we are, the Postage Stamp his mind. Dustin Johnson has
been in all sorts of bother. They have moved the tee up on the 11th
hole, but it is still taking its toll. The sixth shot for Johnson.
That round that was going so well, he reached the turn in 33, 3-under.
Soren Kjeldsen after pitching in from 80, 100 yards or so, for his
birdie. Beautifully done. Soren Kjeldsen moves to 7-under, five
behind. After a good long first putt from
the front of the green, Keegan Bradley for birdie. He joins a group
at 6-under. Andrew Johnston on the ninth. Good chance missed on the
previous hole. Got within four or five feet but couldn't hole it. But
he has this one. Cries of Beef, the leading home challenger, out to the
turn in 34, 6-under. Dustin Johnson, this for a seven on the 11th. It's
taken its toll on many players and Dustin Johnson, what around he had
going but it comes to a juddering halt here on the 11th.
Phil Mickleson is on the sixth and this could be ruling awkward, all
the long rough trampled down. Very difficult. It actually looked there.
Brilliant from Mickelson. That was outstanding. The master of recovery.
Second shot, currently tied for third.
Henrik Stenson took relief from the sprinkler head you can see in front
of him. This was his birdie attempt. This is all coming from a very poor
second shot. The only poor shot he has hit all day. Tony Finau. Hans
low, prodding this forward. Only 100 yards. Don't be short of the pin,
get a nicks well, that's going into the sand. Golf is a cruel game.
Nastier. Sorry, Tony. Good luck at the 6th green, very close to the
beach, wonderful stand behind there. Exposed to the elements. Phil
Mickleson with a wonderful recovery. After that second shot and indeed
the drive he will be very grateful of five there.
Rather timid first putt from Bill Haas, this to stay at seven. A few
players have misjudged this one on the ninth. That is an ugly bogey.
Two under to the turn, out in 34, back to that group at 6-under. This
is a result of that tee shot which looked so good at one point. Still
there. Every moment captured for your enjoyment. After being flawless
for the first five mac holes this is Henrik Stenson for par at six.
That's a bogey. Drops back, into a tie for the lead with Phil Mickleson
on 11-under. Soren Kjeldsen, nice four on the sixth, and a decent
second shot in here. Soren Kjeldsen moving along well, a couple of
bogeys today but three birdies and no within three of the leaders.
STUDIO: Back together again, Mickelson and Henrik Stenson at
11-under and only three behind after two birdies back-to-back, Soren
Kjeldsen at 41 years old, the man who won at the Irish Open last year,
knows how to play the links. He is making ground, and that trio on
6-under beginning to make inroads into the lead from the top two. Not
using his trusty three stroke two would here. Still straight behind
them. Drifting a little bit to the right. Bunker down there. Just
topples, that might be awkward. Mickelson meanwhile is off to the
right. That's a fantastic view of the postage damp. -- postage stamp.
Here we go again. 100 yards, causing the players fits. Par putt for Rory
McIlroy. I would say his Open Championship is done.
Opting to land it a little short and bounce it up. Touch unlucky.
Soren Kjeldsen. So easy to read it back in as Tony Finau did.
Beautifully played by Soren Kjeldsen.
And awkward distance here for Henrik Stenson, about 45 yards. Some light
rain so that will make the sand a bit more firm. Caught too much sand.
Quite a difficult up-and-down from there. Rory McIlroy with his second
on the 16th. Oh dear. Racket abuse. Frustration.
Soren Kjeldsen for his sand save. Yikes. Give that a rattle as well,
it's about the same distance past. Cleaned off the tee by that bunker,
put it back in, couple of winters ago it was historically a bunker,
and they decided to put it back in to guard against those going for the
green. Henrik Stenson found it. Bump it up. Wonderful judgment,
controlled touch from Henrik Stenson, should get his par. Bill
Haas to try to save par on the 10th. Dropped a shot on the night. Phil
Mickleson from long range on seven. Just have to hold the putter
slightly above the ground to avoid the coin of Henrik Stenson. That is
four. 11-under. Rory McIlroy is having a very in and
out afternoon. More out than in. Little bit of redemption but only
par. Mickelson birdie on the first and second rounds, fascinating to
see how he plays this year. We have seen a few players spinning back
into the front bunker, into the wind, just 100 yards. Try to be long
of the flag. How much spin is on it? wind, just 100 yards. Try to be long
Stay, stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. Well, survived, just.
Henrik Stenson off the back foot, little forward press. Didn't even
need to spin back into the bunker, straight in there. Poor shot from
Henrik Stenson, he will be standing out of the bunker. Beyond awkward.
JB Holmes has been going along very nicely with this. For par. That's a
couple he has missed. They come and they go, the drift in and the drift
out. Two dropped shots in a row. Henrik Stenson, pitched his tee shot
in the front bunker at the 8th. Your shot, poor thinking. Pays the
penalty, horrible place. Two nice clean hits and Billy has to
spend the front of the 11th. -- Billy Hass has found the front of
the 11th. What an massive break for Phil
Mickleson, not trickling back into the bunker. Have seen quite a few
comeback of the green, down the right-hand side. Screw around the
bank and into the bunker, Phil Mickleson for two if he gets this.
Good effort. Lucky that he missed the bank, stayed on the top and
missed some down slope, gets his three.
5-under for the past threes, that is impressive. -- par-3s. Henrik
Stenson, make sure you get this. Four, shot dropped.
It was wild and windy this morning and that was when King took a look
at the 12th. Bit breezy this morning, this is the pin position
sheet that the players will pick up, looking at number 12, eight on, five
from the left. Here it is. Narrow portion of putting surface, four or
five yards left, for five yards right, little basin. If you go to
the left side you go down this little slope, very awkward. Beyond
the flag there is a little bit of help, if you can pitch it in the
bank, the ball could trickle back, the top tier would leave you a fast
putt. If you go right, have a quick look at this, tricky putt bunker and
from there you are playing down the hill. This is a little awkward,
tight and narrow. This is Andrew Johnston at the 12th
hole. This is a very small target. The great thing is to be straight.
By golly, he is straight. Whatever length putt this is, 15, 16
feet, it is quite easy. A little bit uphill. Moving from left to right.
Make sure you hit it hard enough, Beef.
Beef! He stays at 5-under par. Mickelson, uphill all the way, this
birdie chance. This is on the ninth hole.
A certain amount of treading water going on at the moment by the
leaders. Sergio Garcia, in a good spot. This is critical, for par at
the 12th hole. Up the ladder and down the snake,
back to 4-under par. Stenson, 35 for the front nine against a par got 36.
Phil is the same. This final pairing of Stenson and
Mickelson, 1-under par for their respective friends today. Phil still
leads the way. Soren Kjeldsen is in touch, level par for his round. Bill
Haas and JB Holmes are making good progress, but they have got lots of
work to do. Steve Stricker, tied for the best round of the day on 68.
There is a gentleman that remembers the excitement and the tension of
Royal Troon very well, Wayne Grady was the leader after 54 holes. Give
us your impression of what is almost a match play situation at the top.
Henrik, the first 56 holes were interesting. Henrik had the honour
from the first and he looked like he was dictating play. He was playing
well. It was a pivotal ballpoint in the round for Mickelson when Stenson
bogeyed the sixth hole. He got the honour back. -- it was a pivotal
ballpoint. The nastiest hole and the Open rotor is the 11th hole. It has
just broken its own record for 23 triple bogeys. What are the
particular challenges of the bag nine and the 11th hole? Ten is a
blind tee shot, a living is all glass, you cannot see anything. They
have taken about 30 yards of Gore side in the driving area on the
right-hand side. It could have been worse. 12 is a cross breeze and the
last six straight back into the wind. The hour-long holes, it is a
long journey. We have seen it all week, scored on the front nine and
hanging on the back. It is a long journey to the Claret Jug, but we're
making progress and we will rejoin the leaders at the 10th hole. The
hardest hole on the course today, you cannot see the fairway from the
tee, all over the crest of the hill. Plenty of sixes, some savings. Just
two birdies. -- some sevens. Is it? It is a beauty. It is a nice soft
bones and it stays on the fairway. -- soft bounce. Stenson, Mickelson
safely down the fairway. That is a good shot. It will come
back from the slope. Nicely, nicely. The 10th green and this is a bogey
putt for Soren Kjeldsen. Roth off the tee, he did not move it very
far, and chip to hear. So bad, is six going on the card on this par
four. God yourself and move on. McIlroy, the final hole. His third
shot. Come along. That is the sort of date has been. A of miscues. A
couple of sloppy shots, and if you Parkes that did not drop, and they
all add up to 73. Not what you're his supporters were hoping for. 69,
71, 73. He missed a couple of short ones early on. Andrew Johnston, an
awkward chip. You will go to the left-hand side and hope it will move
a little to the right. It has. That is a lovely shot. Did I say a lovely
shot? Know do not get carried away by the adulation of the multitude,
my boy. You have a good future ahead of you. Andrew Johnston, up there
with that birdie at the 13th hole. If you're wondering why he's called
Beef, as a child, someone said to him, your head is like a big piece
of meat. That is why they love him. It is his first appearance at the
Open championship for five years. A frustrating day for Rory McIlroy.
His reflections now. I guess the best way to ask you
about today was how was that? It was tough, I did not get off to the
start I wanted. That is what killed me. I felt like I played the last
few holes quite well. You cannot expect to make up may shots and the
bag nine because of the way it was playing. To be over-par on the front
nine, that was disappointing. You could not get it back. All the
attention that you have got, the moment when the three wood snapped,
what happened and what would you thinking at the time? It was not a
good shot. I was trying to play one of the left and let it go and they
went to the right and it was the same shot I played on the 15th. The
ball nearly went out of bounds so it was frustration building up. I
obviously did not mean for the club to break, but sometimes that is what
happens, and hopefully I will try not to do it again.
Garcia, marvellous iron play. He will launch it low, Andrew Little
through the breeze. That is a beauty. 180 yards. It deserves a
round of applause. Stenson and Mickelson both found the fairway
from the tee. Mickelson friend the green, but Stenson did not. He has
doffed his chip. Stenson for par, but first of all, Mickelson up the
slope, for a very rear birdie at Number 10. It has a chance, boys and
girls. Just a bit firm. He played it nicely. Will it run?
Unlucky. It checked a bit too early. Stenson making a mess of this. I
good tee shot. Short with his second, he played a per page, it is
a long putt for par. We'll all be forgiven. Of course it is. -- it was
a bad pitch. Mickelson must be thinking, I have got to pop in this
five foot to tie. No wonder you can smile. Johnston, the par putt at the
14th hole. The shot from the bunker came out here. Well, he in at the
last, so if you give him two from the edge on the last, and a
three-day, it all minds up to same thing. Disappointing. A little down
the slope. You can see Vergini is aiming. It did turn enough. That is
a good four. Two fours on the card, achieved in different ways. Garcia
after the superb tee shot at the 14th. This is for two, to go to
4-under par. Kjeldsen for par. Another one going.
He dropped one at the 11th, and now another one at the 12th hole.
This is Haas, Bill Haas at the 14th hole. If you find the green it is
never a bad shot. And he has. Mickelson, rather fortunate. The
ball was stopped from going into the bushes. That is his second shot,
pumping it over at the end of the prickly stuff. Just the other side
of the green. Stenson's short, dead straight. All
he has to do is hit one straight. -- Stenson's shot. He has to pick the
right club and hope for the best. It looks like a big iron. Yes. Just
down in being Gradel. -- in dingly dell. Haas for a birdie at the 14th.
This to go to 7-under par. Putts are coming up short because they did not
cut the grass this morning. They thought the winds were so strong the
bowls get blown about. Johnston has stayed on the fairway. He has got to
put some draw on this. He has. Will they win send it back? That is a
Cavanda in there. Phil was rather fortunate to stay out of trouble
from the tee, and to play out over the bushes, he came up short. He has
got to pitch over the bunker. His third shot. Delightful. That was not
easy. You have got to keep your nerve to play those sorts of shots.
That bank is quite sharp. It looks like he has a lofted club. He has
put his hands forward. It looks like he's going to try to hit it into the
bank and poppycock. Yes, he has, beautifully done. -- and pop it up.
Very neat and tidy. Beef, splashing one out at the 13th hole, and
nicely. He has that to save par. After that very good pitch over the
bunker, Mickelson has this for a par four.
That's a very good save, one of the best holes of the day. Was on the
edge of trouble all the way up that hole. Dangerous hole and he has
escaped with a par four. Once in awhile he will tweak one of
these and this is one of those. Certainly is. Just over a metre
long. Sweet as a nut. Can he save his par? Has tremendous
support out there, his mum and his sister and a few others. Yes sir.
Got a fantastic reception at the US Open a couple of weeks ago and
getting cheered on here, there is nothing quite like it if you are a
home player. Phil Mickleson at the 12th, continuing his strategy of
Irelands. -- irons. He's got away with that.
Lucky to be a left-hander, might have some sort of shot at it. Henrik
Stenson also going with iron. Lovely.
Bill Haas, third shot. All the humps and bumps. Roll fairway is over the
top he flies, no Billy, no. JB Holmes at the 18th. For a round
of 68. Good effort. Got off to a flying start. Dropped a couple
coming back, four under par if he gets this one which I think he will.
Joint sixth. Had a good run at the Masters recently as well. In
Preston. -- impressive. Good scoring, very good scoring indeed.
Tony Finau has played well as well, new name, new player, talented. Long
putt for two. I told you he was talented but I didn't think he was
that talented! STUDIO: As we look at it it is still
the two at the top, Phil Mickleson with a little bit of trouble again
off the tee but managing to keep it together. No black marks on his
report card today. Henrik Stenson with two bogeys on his. Andrew
Johnston in only his third major Championship, the 27-year-old
Londoner making quite an impression. Lucky because it kissed off the
course. Doesn't look too inviting. It certainly doesn't. Move out of
the way if he's going that way! This could be all right. But it could be
a disaster. We will wait and see. grouse. Pretty good escape there.
Chance Henrik Stenson here. Can he find the green? Hang on he is
saying, going left a bit. Never got there. Now they are virtually even
Stephen. This is awkward, awkward pin.
Sensible play. The nearest challenger for The Open to the two
leaders, 6-under, Henrik Stenson 10-under, Phil Mickleson 11-under.
Watch the control and the spin, tight lie, comes down on it steeply.
Where's he going with this one? Here it comes. Should go down, that's an
amazing shot. Little unlucky. Trickle down. That's what you call a
bit of chubby. Going to try and give it at least
five or six pieces of run. He fooled me. Ended up doing nothing.
Very well done. Escaped with five. Slipping behind the leaders.
Slight optical illusion, I thought Phil Mickleson was closer but
obviously not, he is putting first. If he gets this in... And he does.
Pressure on Henrik Stenson now. What a four. So close to that Bush,
fabulous. Henrik Stenson, it's early, still another round and a few
holes to go but this would be a body blow if he misses this. Serious body
blow. Just see from this angle, it up the
hill, as quick as Phil Mickleson's was down, this is slow. Big moment
for Henrik Stenson. Oh yes. A nerveless putt, very well done. Very
well done indeed. Third shot for Johnston. Miss the trouble if you
can, and he has. 13th par four. The wind into the
players off EEC the left. -- of the sea on the left.
Good, healthy pet. Flying over the top and right into the middle of the
fairway. Stenson hoping to become the first Swedish man, to win a
major Championship. Plenty of girls have done it. Andrew Johnston. This
will be third on his own. Not bad. I got position with his second shot.
-- out of position. Stays at 5-under. Joint third at the
moment. I would not like him to fall on top of me! STUDIO: Quick look at
the leaderboard, Phil Mickleson coming through some trouble with
still a 1-shot advantage, JB Holmes in with 69 today, one of the better
rounds, tell us about it. So far this week I think you have played
the front nine in 8-under and the back nine has proved much more
tricky, how do you fix that for Sunday? You don't, that is just the
golf course. I doubt anybody is under par on the back this week.
It's tough, have to make your birdies on the front side going out
and coming back in par is a great score. I had my chances to get some
pars and didn't make them but it's tough, you have to do more of your
scoring on the front. COMMENTATOR: Write down the flag.
Sweetly struck. Phil Mickleson on the green, Stenson's ball looks as
if it found little is Andy divot -- a little sandy.
Good shot. Well executed. Bill Haas. Third shot at the 16th, monster
par-5. Shot. It was. Honestly, it was. Now it's merely decent.
Phil Mickleson up the slope. You get some idea if you look from left to
right of the slope on this green and the way it runs, the movement in it.
Phil Mickleson noted all of those things and did it beautifully.
Superb putt. He's looking good. He is looking good. Lady luck is on his
side. Mickelson in for a birdie three. Stenson trying to follow
suit. No. Always a bit tentative, just a wee bit tentative. To the
side of the hole. Mickelson sneaks further ahead. How do you fancy this
one? Tight lie, big putt bunker in front of you. It's a little
frightening. Played it well. Played it very nicely.
This is slow. Very slow up here. Moves to 6-under. Six behind mind.
Played in 86 major jump in chips and never won. You never know. -- major
Championships. Andrew Johnston after the very good pitch over the bunker.
Does it again, well done. Very well done. Just won the hole left and he
is 5-under. -- just one hole left. Write down the flag, beautiful shot
from Stenson. He knew it, he was walking after it. Soft conditions,
Stenson firing it right at the flag. What a great character this guy is,
Andrew Johnston. If he was to ever win a big event it would be
incredible wouldn't it? Giving this is full attention.
Staring down, sizing it up, lining up the ball. The leader, for birdie
on the 14th. After all the add, it was ordinary,
to say the least. -- after all that. After a perfect tee shot at 14,
Henrik Stenson, to get within one. Yes, birdie two. He moves to
11-under par. 2-under par for his round. Two heavyweight fighters.
They are going to to toe. A very average first putt from Mickelson.
This is to save par. He took his time over it. He misses
it. There is a two shot swing. A birdie four Stenson, a bogey for
Mickelson, they are tied at the top. The first dropped shot of the day
for Mickelson. It does not compute. The second shot, the final hole for
Johnston. He has played well. Andrew Johnston,
he has that for a third consecutive 69.
Keegan Bradley is slipping away at the moment, a couple of shots gone
on the bag nine. And another one on the 15th hole. Time for Johnston to
try and find a closing birdie. This is for 69. Beef denied.
He has become this great character. A great personality, the Beef, but
Andrew Johnston finishes with 70, alone in fourth place, 5-under par,
the leading home player. We look forward to seeing him tomorrow.
This is a very important putt for me, for Phil. -- for Mickelson. If
he misses this, I get the feeling that Stenson is in control. What a
great putt. Stenson would have been able to dictate play, but that was
brilliant from Phil Mickelson. They are still locked together. If
Stenson can roll this in, the jewel in the sun at Turnberry, a few miles
down the road, 1977, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, separated from the
rest. They are five clear of the rest of the field as the Stenson --
as Stenson rolls it in. They are heading to the 17th. There are
options, different ways to play it. Ken had a look at it earlier. The
16th hole is a par five. It is 564 yards, out of range today with the
breeze into you. You do not necessarily have to go with the
driver. 295 and you run into that little creek. You can lay up in the
correct position on the fairway. There are bunkers you have to avoid.
If you can come in from the left, it gives you a good angle on the flag.
The green is surrounded by bunkers and the flag today is cut on 24,
four from the right. Have a look. It is right in that corner. See that?
Lets have a look at it. It looks fairly enough killers. It is not too
bad, but if you get your pigeon from the left-sided gives you a good
angle. The green slopes from the bag right to the front left. The tricky
thing is this pot bunker. You let it drift and you go in there, it leaves
you such an awkward shot. The green is running away from you. That is
the key bunker to be avoided. The players will aim to the left of the
flag. It looks simple but Europe got to be pinpoint accurate with the
approach, otherwise you can find trouble in the right. The wind has
dropped a bit. Stenson with his trusty club of his. He cannot reach
the burn today. This one instead of the driver.
He has pulled out to the left. Depending on the lie, it was always
a layup anyway. Not a good tee shot at 16 four Stenson. He has not
strayed too far from the beaten path today. No Mickelson. You have at his
caddy seeing left to right. He is going with the driver. -- you heard
his caddy seeing. He has got some support out there, Mickelson. That
is how cold and windy it is. With the driver, look how far back from
the ditch Mickelson is. Billy Haas, for par at the last. The leader in
the clubhouse. The six time US Tour winner, the former FedEx Cup
champion. Stenson. This needs his full
attention, his third shot to the 16th hole. Trouble from the tee. He
got it up to here. He has just tugged a little bit.
More than a little. That was wild. It has come out of its planned
march, at least. That was loose. -- its plug mark. A great opportunity
for Phil Mickelson with Stenson in the left-hand bunker, for Mickelson
to put this close and make birdie, possibly reverse the two shot swing
back on 14. Well done. Soren Kjeldsen, just looking to
tickle this one down the slope, right to left. In she goes. Soren
Kjeldsen, all sorts of problems on the back nine, but the birdie, and
back to 3-under par. It looks like it is all about the two men at the
top on the leaderboard, but Bill has still in touch, five shots back, and
in fourth place on his own, Andrew Johnston, the man with facial hair
that old Tom Morris would be proud of. I wonder how much he is loving
his new-found star status. Let's find out. I loved it, I had a good
playing partner to start off with, Sergio Garcia, he has a lovely man.
Every hole, they are shouting Beef, I love it. To be able to have the
fun, and take it seriously, you are now in contention going into the
final day. What does that mean? That is what you want. At the start of
the week, you want to be competing on Sunday. I am looking forward to
it. We have enjoyed watching you interacting with the fans, slapping
hands, does that come naturally to you? If someone puts their hand-out,
I will give them a high five. It is about giving back, thousands of
people coming out and supporting. We would not have golf tournaments if
they were not out there. I really appreciated and I love it. I am
going to give back. The ball has settled down into the middle of the
bunker. It should not present too many problems. There we go. The
least he would expect. Nicely played, to make up for his mistake
with his third shot. Zach Johnson, it has been a hard, hard day for
Zach Johnson. The closing hole. It is a birdie. He started so well,
with a birdie on the second, but it has tumbled back today. Phil, for
birdie. 12-under par. There you go. 2-under par for his round. He puts
the pressure fairly -- squarely back on Henrik Stenson to make his par.
Birdie for Mickelson. This to avoid a two shot swing.
That is a good putt, it was not an easy one, little bit of
left-to-right. Henrik Stenson, one shot behind Mickelson as they head
to the 17th. The clubhouse leader spoke to Rishi Persad. I becoming
more comfortable with links golf? You have got to know it is difficult
that the view hate good-quality shots, you can play, but here the
good quality shots are hard to come by. You have got to be patient. My
potting will have to be better tomorrow. I made some nice putts
today so I cannot blame that. But hopefully I will keep the ball in
front of me, in play, out of the bunkers, and on the back nine, try
to take on that challenge. It will be tough. Take your time. The final
words from his caddy, take your time. Two holes to go, a 1-shot
lead. I have never played with the pressure of the Ryder Cup. These
guys are opponents. Use on their faces, the pressure out there in a
major championship, it is something else. -- you saw on their faces.
Mutterings and grumblings. Lots of players have been down there. It is
lying OK. It will be interesting to see how he plays that. 217 yards, on
the 17th, and quite some way behind the group in front. It is another
good straight from Stenson, just asking it to move to the right. That
is why. Look at that again, from distance. He is one of the best in
the business with the irons. Distance control is all about solid
contact and there is no better ball striker than Stenson.
might have stuck in the bank. Out of bounds is right
might have stuck in the bank. Out of the bank. He is not hitting another
one. the bank. He is not hitting another
playing this, but it seems to be the bank. He is not hitting another
the hill is because the bank. He is not hitting another
difficult shots. Kjeldsen, the bank. He is not hitting another
bit. A chance to save par. It -- Stenson. These are
bit. A chance to save par. It -- This too tidy lead. Yes. How about
it? What the This too tidy lead. Yes. How about
Twice on the back nine Henrik are trading blows,
Twice on the back nine Henrik Stenson has made two, two shot
swing. Henrik Stenson leads The Open Championship with one hole to go in
Long walk back to the 18th tee. Phil Mickleson and Henrik Stenson are
going punch for punch. A look from on high. To lead The Open
Championship again. Walking, knew it was in. Jesper Parnevik came close,
this Swede still has some way to go but he is on top. Keegan Bradley
very fortunate not to go out of bounds. Stones at the back. Those
are out of bounds. Pitching for birdie, nicely done.
Getting a bit cooler, breeze across from the left hand into so it has to
be the driver from Stenson. 305 to the bunker on the right. Heading in
that direction. Should be short. It's playing a long way.
Final tee shot for Phil Mickleson. The last time he won The Open
Championship was the same year that Andy Murray won Wimbledon.
A little bit further rate than Henrik Stenson. But that's perfect,
not a problem. Par putt for Soren Kjeldsen. Nicely
done. Nice way to finish, back 939, four over. Round of 75.
Keegan Bradley has had his struggles on this back nine. This to finish
with par. Wasn't even close. That's a 39 back nine as well. 76 were
Keegan Bradley. Back to 2-under alongside Patrick Reed, Charl
Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia. Mickelson taking a 5-iron. Bones
says he wants him to carry it about 175. Ten yards on the green and
hopefully it scoots back to the flag.
Phil was right, Bones was wrong. Phil wanted to take another club. I
get that you have to cover it but why do you have two interfere with
that? I shot going off during his swing, a pretty stern rebuke to the
photographers. -- a shot going off. Gentle rain coming in, the wind,
Henrik Stenson, second to the last. What an opportunity.
Opportunity to stick it in close and make birdie last Phil Mickleson is
struggling. Phil Mickleson tipping the cap as he walks up between the
giant grandstands, the champion from three years ago, his closest pursuer
then was Henrik Stenson who leads him now towards the end of this
third round. I used to love the old days,
although they didn't do it Saturday, when they allowed all the crowd to
follow you down the 18th fairway. It's lying OK, big bit of sand on
the ball but shouldn't be too much of a problem. Coming out of a
cushion of sand anyway. Sure he will have shaken off the frustration,
we're about to watch a master at work.
Wonderful shot, wonderful shot from Mickelson. Should still save par.
All is forgiven and forgotten. Look at this. Sand on the ball has
nothing to do with it. Blasting the ball out. Such a seriously good
bunker player. Just picking a landing point.
Bumps it on. He has judged it very well indeed. Lovely shot from Henrik
Stenson. Will the leader of Henrik Stenson be
one or two? Looked like he had left it out but
finds the bottom of the cup. Round of 74 Phil Mickleson -- rendered 70,
four Phil Mickleson. Shouldn't present too much of a problem for
Stenson. Which he does. Wonderful round of
golf from Henrik Stenson. Tricky conditions. Back nine for 68.
12-under. He will lead The Open Championship by one. It might not be
the battle in the sun like 77 at Turnberry when Tom Watson was
starting to usurp Jack Nicklaus as the greatest player in the game but
you have two heavyweights in Stenson and Mickelson who will battle it out
tomorrow for The Open Championship. STUDIO: Could be more of a battle in
the light drizzle here in Ayrshire once again. Henrik Stenson one shot
ahead, leading in an major at this stage for the first time in his
career, his 41st start in one of the big occasions in world golf. It's
all about Henrik Stenson and it could be all about Phil Mickleson
tomorrow but someone else could spring a surprise. Let's hear from
both men. Yesterday we spoke about how good your 65 was, 68 today but I
guess equally as valuable? Absolutely, it was as good as the
65. It's always hard to compare rounds but it was tough on the back
nine. Got off to a good start, could have been four under after the first
five, dropped a couple and it was wobbling a little but got it
together and played nicely in the last six or seven and picked up a
few on the way home. Phil Mickleson denied you in 2013, how much are you
looking forward to the battle tomorrow? I did remember that! It's
going to be tough, he's a great competitor, one of the finest to
play the game in the last 15, 20 years. A lot of people watching
today enjoying the battle, how about you? It was a fun challenge, I
didn't have my best, I was a bit out of sorts. I had a real challenge
hanging in there. It was a real grind me, it wasn't easy like the
first couple of days where I was striking it and keeping the ball in
play. I made some difficult swings and some top pars but I shot a
number, under par on a typical day and I'm glad to put myself into
position heading into tomorrow's round. It was Rory McIlroy that said
that Henrik Stenson and full right are playing their own tournament and
it's been fascinating to watch. What were your hallmarks of Stenson's
round today? The key to his round were 1011 and 12. Some trouble off
the 10th tee, hacked out of the fairway and got onto the green and
left himself this putt. This was to save his par and it was a real
beauty. Slow up the hill and right into the centre. Absolutely vital,
could have dropped one there. 11 he attacked his way up the whole,
chipping up to here, Phil Mickleson had got his four par and he had a
horrible one from about a yard. Watch what he does, confident pace,
right into the centre, two keep putts. At the 12th he does the same
thing, comes up a bit short, pitches up to here, again Phil Mickleson has
got his par. At the hill with a bit of pain from left to right. That was
vital. This is the first time he's ever held the 50 for hole lead, the
first time he has been in the final pairing going into the last day, how
do you think he might cope? He is bound to be nervous, he's done
everything in golf, world number six, outstanding tee to green game
and I think evil revel in it. As per Phil Mickleson he is the man with
all the experience. It was this part of the round, the middle of the
round which was important for him at the 12th. He had played some super
golf, iron off the tee. The ball is going to go into the bushes but it
hits the side and it just comes back out. Still awkward, a lot of players
might have considered dropping, very little backswing. It's risky because
the club has to go through the grass, he gouges it down the
fairway. Did very well. Got it on the short stuff and the flag mac was
right on the front of the greens so that was handy. His wedge play for
so much of this round was magnificent as you would expect.
This was magnificent, unbelievable, you think oh no, but you little
devil, a little unlucky didn't go closer and holed that putt four par.
Fantastic. Any advantage for you in his experience of the situations?
He's a major winner, won The Open Championship and seems to thrive on
links golf. And he has been putting beautifully all week. Time to hand
out the praise in the shot of the day. Straight on the money, who will
it be? Henrik Stenson with the tee shot, listen to this. Beautiful.
Flushed it, hoping the wind will drift it to the right but watch when
it lands. Drops down like a bag of sugar. Then he holed it of course. I
am sure he will be delighted with that honour but what he wants is the
Claret Jug, tomorrow we are on a at 8pm.
High temperatures are on the way here in Scotland, on Monday. But not
tomorrow I am afraid. It will be more of the same, pretty cool,
breezy, damp, it will be absolutely fantastic. The final day of The Open
Championship here at Royal Troon. Is someone else going to steel the
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