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The Open fourth round - Live

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Sergio Garcia will resume his Open bid at 1420 BST with a first major win well within his sights after finishing the third round in the lead at nine under.

That gave the Spaniard a three-shot lead overnight, with American Steve Stricker second after his superb 64.

England's Paul Broadhurst and Irish duo Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley are all three under, alongside Ernie Els, KJ Choi, Stewart Cink and Chris DiMarco - and all of those will feel like they have a shot.

Pre-tournament favourite Tiger Woods will have to pull off something amazing to snatch a third successive Open title you would think, lying eight shots off Garcia's overnight mark.

However, lest we forget, Paul Lawrie came from 10 shots back in 1999 to seal the title and if anyone can pull off the impossible, it's Woods.

With the weather set fair, low scores are predicted throughout the day, so let us know your thoughts.

Will Garcia cheer or choke on the final day? Can Tiger pull off the impossible? What about the British and Irish contingent? And will any more members of the galleries be laid low by wayward drives from the world's top players? Get your hard hats on people...

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posted Jul 23, 2007

comment by panchopuskas
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I can understand it when it's the fans, but I don't like this kind of nationalism creeping into Golf - I remember the scenes at the Ryder Cup in the USA. When it's my own country UK/Spain in the olympics for example, it's makes my toes curl. I've always been a believer in banning national anthems for winners. One of my quirks, I suppose.

I innocently thought the world was moving in the other direction. Golf was one of the few remaining sports where it really didn't matter where you were from or what passport you hold or now, thank God, what colour you are. Let's keep it that way.

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Good point.

Can't stand the yanks winning tho! <laugh>

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comment by U8446322

posted Jul 23, 2007

i agree, i don't like the flag waving but its not a big deal really.

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posted Jul 23, 2007

What,where are u from,when our flag is taken out it means unity and celebration ,lots of it ...nothing else.

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posted Jul 23, 2007

i think there may be some historical issues with the flag. if the open was played on an irish links and a british winner waved a union jack on the 18th i think that may annoy a few people. i may be wrong!!!!

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posted Jul 23, 2007

Well, finally someone from Europe actually won soemthing that really matters. It will probably be another 10 years before it happens again - so lets all soak in the glory and pat ouseleves on the back - and wait for the next major to get our behinds kicked again by the yanks.

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comment by jugzay (U9078199)

posted Jul 23, 2007

I cant even believe that after all the brilliant golf ye are even debating this petty little matter. Irish people are always proud of where they are from and rightly so. So what if we like to wave a flag for our country when we do well in a major sporting event like Pádraig did yesterday.

There's nothing historical behind the flag waving, he would have waved it also if he won the US open!!

Stop being so petty and appreciate a great champion and a great man!

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posted Jul 23, 2007

personally, it doesnt bother me i wasa merely suggesting a possible reason as to why some people may be a bit put off by it.
as you rightly say harrington great guy and equally great champion.

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posted Jul 23, 2007

Rosco19 & Jugzay <ok>
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When some people wave a flag it means "we're better than everyone else" - nationalism at the expense of all the rest, but for others it's "this is for all the fans back home - Let's party!" - pride & patriotism, unifying & non-exclusive. You can relax in the knowledge that the latter was Harrington's case.

You do or don't like whatever flag depending on that country's colonialist history/tendencies. Would you mind as much if was a Bahaman flag, or a South African... or an American?

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posted Jul 23, 2007

er what do u mean by "some people"?Do you mean some individuals or some nationalities and are therefore saying that any of the 300 million us citizens waving the stars and stripes would be doing so in a "were better than everyone else" fashion?<erm>

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posted Jul 25, 2007

Pretty much, yes, because that's just the way (the majority of)Americans are.. The British have pride in their country, as does every nation, but 'God Bless America' and 'we're the most powerful country in the world' etc etc, please give me a break!!

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