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3rd Round Open Championship Update: Scott takes a 4 shot lead into final round

July 21, 2012

Features, Golf

When Adam Scott arrived at the 1st tee at Royal Lytham on Saturday, he trailed Brandt Snedeker by 1 shot. When Scott walked off the 18th green later in the day, he had a 4 shot lead heading into the final round Sunday in search of his first major championship.

At -11 Scott takes a commanding lead into the final round of play.

Scott carded a beautiful 68 on Saturday, making 3 birdies and just a single bogey. He put on a ball striking clinic, making birdies on 7, 8 and 11. Much of the talk on Sunday will be about the man carrying his bag, but don’t get caught up in the Steve Williams hype, since switching to his long putter last year, Scott has a new found confidence on the green’s, and if he can continue to play the way he has over the first 3 rounds, he has an excellent chance of lifting the claret jug Sunday evening.

Brandt Snedeker had gone his first 36 holes without making a bogey, that luck ran out on Saturday as Snedeker had 6 on his card. He did birdie 2 of the final 4 holes to get him into a tie for 2nd with Graeme McDowell, and earn himself a spot in the 2nd to last group with Tiger Woods on Sunday.

Tiger started slow in his 3rd round, making bogey at 1 and 3. but rattled off birdies at 6, 7 and 9 to shoot an -1 33 on his front nine. He lost that momentum on the back, shooting a 1 over 37 to finish at even par 70. I would have liked his chances more tomorrow if he was able to get himself into the final group to add pressure to Scott. In his previous 14 major championship victories,

Can Tiger make a championship push in the final round?

Tiger has never come from behind to win after the third round. He’ll have to overcome a 5 shot defecit in order to do so tomorrow. With the weather at Royal Lytham supposed to flip, changing the direction of the wind, and expecting 25-30 mph gusts, Tiger has a shot at doing that tomorrow. He’ll have to start off hot to add some pressure to the final group.

Playing alongside Scott in the final pairing on Sunday will be Graeme McDowell. “GMac” had a stellar round on Saturday, carding 5 birdies to just 2 bogey’s. He won the 2010 US Open and will start his 2nd consecutive major in the final group after playing with Jim Furyk at the US Open last month. McDowell will not make it easy on Scott, he plays tough golf courses well and is not afraid of the big moment. It would not surprise me at all to see him lift the trophy on Sunday evening.

Playing in the third to last pairing will be South African Ernie Els and American Zach Johnson. Els had a ton of looks at birdies on Saturday, but couldn’t get many putts to fall to take advantage. He made 3 birdies and 1 bogey in route to a 68. The round of the day at Royal Lytham was a smooth 66 by Zach Johnson. The former Masters champion made 6 birdies and 2 bogey’s to climb the leaderboard. Zach can be tough, but is 6 shots back to much to overcome?

It seems like the Open is down to these 6 players. With McDowell, Woods, Johnson and Els all previous major championship winners chasing down Scott, we should be in for an exciting finish to the oldest major championship. Look for the weather to turn and make shooting low scores extremely difficult. It’s hard to see Scott not winning, but with the trend of come from behind win’s on the Tour this year, it seems like a good finish is in order. I’m going to say McDowell get’s it done in a 4 hole playoff over Scott tomorrow, giving him an Open Championship to go along with his US Open trophy. Enjoy the open, and for continuous updates, follow me on Twitter @TravisDevlin

Final Round Tee Times (Eastern Standard Time)

9:10am Ernie Els (-5) and Zach Johnson (-5)
9:20am Brandt Snedeker (-7) and Tiger Woods (-6)
9:30am Adam Scott (-11) and Graeme McDowell (-7)

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Sports blogger with an emphasis on NFL, Soccer and College Football. Will try to be as biased as possible, but as a fan I support the San Diego Chargers, Totteham HotSpurs and Notre Dame football.

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