“Major near misses are inspiration” – Open leader Oosthuizen
Follow all the action live as Louis Oosthuizen takes a one-shot lead into the final round of The Open 2021.
The South African, who broke the low-scoring record at the halfway stage, did not reach those same spectacular heights on Saturday but battled valiantly nonetheless to a round of 69 that keeps his hopes of a wire-to-wire victory intact. He will be paired with Collin Morikawa again in the final group after the 24-year-old Open debutant recovered from a shaky start with four birdies in the space of eight holes, and the young American has already proved he has what it takes to win a major after becoming the third-youngest PGA champion in history last year.
Jordan Spieth had shared the lead for much of the third round after a spectacular start but the 2017 champion was left infuriated after missing a two-foot putt on the 18th green that leaves him three back. Corey Conners and Scottie Scheffler lie one shot further adrift, but Jon Rahm may have too much ground to recover as the US Open champion starts the final round five shots back. Follow all the action from what promises to be a thrilling afternoon at Royal St George’s:
THE OPEN 2021: MORIKAWA STORMS TO -14
What a run! Morikawa rattles in the birdie putt to move to -14, for his third birdie in a row. He makes it to the turn in 32 and is cruising to the Claret Jug.
Morikawa’s birdie put all the pressure on Oosthuizen, who is struggling to keep up. His birdie putt runs past the hole, and he’s suddenly four shots behind.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:38
THE OPEN 2021: CHANCES COMING UP FOR MORIKAWA, OOSTHUIZEN
Oosthuizen finds himself in the rough after his drive on the 9th goes left, but he produces a fine shot to land it on the green. Morikawa matches it and will also have a look at birdie from eight feet or so.
Up ahead, Spieth makes a nice approach into the 10th green and will have a birdie putt to come.
Frittelli, however, drops a couple of shots after getting caught in the long rough on the edge of the 11th green. It took him a couple of attempts to get out of that – and he walks away with a damaging double bogey.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:36
THE OPEN 2021: THREE-SHOT LEAD FOR MORIKAWA
Morikawa converts the birdie putt at the 8th following that wonderful approach to take a three-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. That’s back-to-back birdies for the American, and he’s playing superbly well as he sends his drive down the middle of the 9th fairway. He’s yet to blink.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:26
THE OPEN 2021: SPIETH BIRDIES TO MOVE INTO SECOND
Jordan Spieth makes it to the turn in 34 after sinking a 10-foot putt for birdie at the 9th. After those two bogeys, he’s gone three-under over his past three holes and joins Oosthuizen in second place.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:24
THE OPEN 2021: SUBLIME FROM MORIKAWA
Morikawa dials in a stunning approach shot to within five feet of the pin at the back of the 8th green. He’ll have the chance to extend his lead to three, with Oosthuizen also on the green but about 20 feet away.
Frittelli makes birdie at the 10th to move to -9 and join Spieth in a share for third place.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:22
THE OPEN 2021: MACINTYRE MAKES BOGEY AT 14
MacIntyre takes a bogey-six at the par-five 14th, but he needed a sensational approach shot to within inches of the hole to make it after hitting his drive out of bounds. Rahm sees a birdie putt stay up on the 9th, as he makes it to the turn in an even-par 35.
Both Morikawa and Oosthuizen find the fairway on the par-four 8th.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:19
THE OPEN 2021: MORIKAWA LEADS BY TWO AFTER OOSTHUIZEN BOGEY
Oosthuizen got out of the bunker with his fourth shot but still ended up in a tough position on the green, facing a long uphill putt for his par. He gets it to within inches, but that’s still a bogey-six on the easiest hole on the course.
Morikawa tidies up for his birdie, the first from the leading group today, and takes a two-shot lead in the Open.
Corey Conners drops a shot at the 8th after getting into a tough spot on the back bank of the green. Spieth made par but is now three shots off the pace.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:10
THE OPEN 2021: PROBLEMS FOR OOSTHUIZEN
Disaster for Oosthuizen! From the bunker, he catches the ball too clean and sends it skimming across the green, into the opposite bunker! It’s right at the back of the trap too, which will make it a tough shot to play.
Meanwhile, Morikawa sends a beautiful chip to within inches of the hole. There’s going to be a huge swing at the top here.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:06
THE OPEN 2021: MORIKAWA, OOSTHUIZEN AT 7
Oosthuizen finds the greenside bunker with his second shot at the par-five, we’ll have to wait and see how his ball is sitting. Morikawa is in a better position, just short of the green but on the fairway.
Up ahead, Spieth finds the bunker with his approach at the 8th.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:04
THE OPEN 2021: MACINTYRE ON THE CHARGE
What a round this is turning out to be for Robert MacIntyre. He makes his second birdie in a row at the 13th with another excellent putt from distance. He moves to -8, in a tie for third place, and is -4 for the day with the second par five to come.
Oosthuizen and Morikawa find the fairway with their drives at 7, while Rahm immediately drops a shot on the 8th as his par putt from 10 or so feet misses the hole.
Jamie Braidwood18 July 2021 16:01