Saturday’s record scoring showed a intensity to go low during Royal Birkdale when there’s small breeze assistance urge a course, though exclusive something truly extraordinary, a 146th Open Championships has turn a two-man race.
Brendan Grace would need to follow adult his record-breaking 62 with another measure in a mid-60s, or maybe it could be Dustin Johnson relating his Saturday measure of 64, though even in those cases it will take a array of errors from a final organisation for a Claret Jug to be awarded to anyone other than Jordan Spieth or Matt Kuchar.
Both players tied for a lowest measure of a day on Thursday with a 65 and enter a final turn of play 3 strokes transparent of a rest of a field. They had their hiccups on Friday, though with calmer conditions bearing low scores, there was a solid proceed by both golfers. They pounded when birdie chances presented themselves though were some-more than happy to travel divided from a immature after standard putts.
Two players, one 23 years aged and a other 39 years young, remained solid while other pretension contenders faded from a design on Saturday afternoon and will go shot-for-shot and hole-for-hole tomorrow to confirm a Open Championship.
Here’s how a leaderboard looks after 54 holes:
1. Jordan Spieth (-11): History will be on a line Sunday as Spieth looks to win a third leg of a career Grand Slam before his 24th birthday and hang adult as considerable a wire-to-wire feat as we’ve seen in a vital in new years. This was his second bogey-free 65 of a week during Royal Birkdale, and it creates clarity that a best ball-striker in a diversion is in position to get a win during a ball-strikers march in Southport, England.
2. Matt Kuchar (-8): It was another day of harsh for Kuchar with birdie runs interrupted by missteps on both nines. No one in a margin has carded some-more birdies this week than Kuchar, who had 7 Saturday and will need another handful of them to pull and potentially hit off Spieth on Sunday.
T3. Brooks Koepka (-5): The U.S. Open champion got on a heater early and matched his best nine-hole measure of a championship going out in 32 notwithstanding dual bogeys. Though things looked unsure for both Koepka and Ian Poulter (his Saturday personification partner), a former was means to collect adult strokes on a leaders with birdies on both of a par-5s on a second nine. It’ll substantially take a 65 on Sunday to win, though he has been clever adequate around a greens to consider it’s possible.
T3. Austin Connelly (-5): Branden Grace had a turn of a day, though Connelly had a undisputed shot of a day with this asperse for an eagle during No. 2. The 20-year-old has been throwing birdie after birdie on a label here during his initial vital championship entrance and seems staid to be a actor we’ll see some-more and some-more on a universe theatre relocating forward.
T5. Branden Grace (-4): There will be no necessity of takes for Grace’s 62, though that’s approaching when story is done in a competition that sees changes in venue each week and conditions by a hour. But a fact remains: Major championship golf has been played given 1860 and in that time no one has finished a turn in reduction than 63 strokes before Saturday, and it was fun as ruin to watch it unfold. The fact that Grace didn’t even know about a record creates it even some-more fun. He didn’t know he was creation history; he usually wanted to finish a turn bogey-free.
T5. Hideki Matsuyama (-4): The list of players to take severely as a hazard to Spieth or Kuchar is short, though Matusyama is positively on that list. He’s one of a tip talents in a universe and able of banishment another turn in a mid-60s. After 4 bogeys and a double-bogey on Friday, Matsuyama sealed in and looked pointy during his final 14 holes on Saturday. we consider he can get to 8 underneath by a finish of a championship, though he’ll need some assistance for that measure to be good adequate to win.
T7. Dustin Johnson (-3): You have to put D.J. on that list of prolonged shots, though he’ll need another 64 or a 63 to get adult into a championship-winning measure (he started 71-72). There is copiousness of certainty D.J. can go low, though most reduction certainty that a leaders will tumble behind adequate to move him into a mix.
T7. Henrik Stenson (-3): Only Grace and D.J. had improved rounds than Stenson on Saturday. The fortifying champ has been one of a best in a margin this week attack greens in law and his stand adult a leaderboard ensures that a story of his 2017 Open will be some-more than his residence get burglarized. Probably too distant behind to win it, though positively a actor we can gamble on to finish in a tip 10 by a finish of a day on Sunday.
T7. Chan Kim (-3): The Arizona State product hasn’t been active on a PGA Tour though warranted a mark in a Open Championship during a boiling run of golf in Japan that saw him fire 69-68 during a Ono Golf Club in a U.S. Open qualifier afterwards win a Mizuno Open in Okayama after a week to acquire a mark in a margin during Royal Birkdale. He has been pushing a turn good and personification good entrance in, carding 9 of his 12 birdies on a second nine. A third uninterrupted turn in a 60s will safeguard subordinate subsequent year won’t be as difficult.
T7. Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-3): The same peculiarity golf that Cabrera-Bello showed in his Scottish Open feat final week has continued and now he’s in row to record not usually his best finish during The Open (T21 in 2013) though best vital finish of his career (T17 during a Masters in 2016).
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