Day 3 of The Open Championship couldn’t have produced more surprises and nail-biting scenes as this. But first, the standing at the end of the day:
1 -3 Lee Westwood
T2 -1 Hunter Mahan, Tiger Woods
T4 Even Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson
T6 +1 Angel Cabrera, Ryan Moore, Zach Johnson
T9 +2 Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari
T11 +3 Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, Jamie Donaldson, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Miguel A. Jimenez
Oh yes, this day has been most nail-biting. Mr. Woods and Mr. Westwood battling stroke for stroke all day long, exchanging the lead several times. It was almost like the Final Day. And Angel Jimenez joining the fray at some stages, only to fade in the end.
But even with such a score and a lead, it won’t be safe for Westwood; not yet. There are others – not only Tiger – who are still very much in the mix. Such as Adam Scott, Mahan, Cabrera, Phil Mickleson. And don’t be surprised to find that Sergio Garcia emerge the winner if he keeps playing a disciplined game like today.
The surprise of Day 1, Shiv Kapur, is an even bigger surprise today. He scored 83, totalling +15, and that put him right at the bottom with one more player, Sandy Lyle. It so happened that 83 is the highest number for today.
How about Thongchai Jaidee? Not doing too bad: he shot 71 – which is one stroke better than Tiger Woods – placing him at 8+, and that’s still better than 34 other players in the competition.
Interesting Point: Tomorrow, on the Final Day, Tiger Woods will be playing in the same flight as Adam Scott. And Steve Williams will be walking in the same group with his former boss. Of course it’s interesting to us but for them, being professionals as they are, there will be nothing to it.
Interesting Point: Sean Foley. Yes, Tiger Woods’ golf coach. Sean Foley is also the coach for Westwood, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose. He will be even more expensive after this The Open Championship.
What a fantastic finale it is going to be tomorrow.