The Open Championship 2013: Day three as it happened

Live coverage as Lee Westwood leads Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan by two shots after the third round of the Open.

20 July 2013 Last updated at 20:08

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  1. 1944: 

    Right then, it's all set up for a crackerjack finale at Muirfield. England's Lee Westwood leads by two from American pair Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan, although Woods will tee it up with Masters champion Adam Scott, who is one shot back. It's one of the classiest leaderboards you'll ever see - of the top 17 players, there are three multiple major winners, five major winners and 13 Ryder or President Cuppers. It could be epic.

    Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods shake hands at the end of their rounds
  2. 1938: 

    Open leader Lee Westwood on his round of 70: "Everybody makes bogeys - it's about who makes the fewest. The fact I was calm pleased me. My short game was sharp and I made the putts when I needed to. The bunker shot [to save par on the sixth] was the best shot I played all day. The approach to the 14th was also one of my best shots."

  3. 1937: 

    World number one Tiger Woods: "It was a grind. It was totally different from the last two days, it seemed like they didn't cut some of the greens or didn't roll them, they were much slower. We've had to adjust to different conditions all week and it's hard to get a feel for things. I'm a couple back and there's one guy ahead of me and I'll have to play a solid round of golf. But I don't know about a number because it depends on the conditions, we'll see what they do tomorrow."

    Former European Ryder Cup captain Mark James, BBC Sport

    "When it comes to tactics Lee was totally in control and now, tomorrow, the good thing is that the others have got to make a move and if you do that too much on this course you will get into trouble."

    Lee Westwood in the BBC studios
  5. 1934: 

    Open leader Lee Westwood on BBC Two: "I know what it takes [to win a tournament]. It's about believing you're good enough to win. Tomorrow is just another 18 holes. I've just got to go out with composure and try to believe I can win a major tournament."


    Andrew Priestley: Great day for British sportsmen with a 'oo' in their name. Froome, Root and Westwood, take a bow gentlemen. Rule Britannia #bbcopen #bbcgolf

    Mark Galloway: Woods (USA) & Scott (AUS) will play together tomorrow. Caddie Steve Williams (NZL) will relish that.


    -3 Lee Westwood (Eng)

    -1 Hunter Mahan (US), Tiger Woods (US)

    PAR Adam Scott (Aus)

    +1 Angel Cabrera (Arg), Zach Johnson (US), Ryan Moore (US), Henrik Stenson (Swe)

    +2 Phil Mickelson (US), Francesco Molinari (Ita)

    +3 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Brandt Snedeker (US), Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Jason Day (Aus), Dustin Johnson (US), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)

    Check out all the other positions via our pop-up leaderboard.

  8. 1925: 

    Miguel Angel Jimenez in for a par and a round of 77 and Henrik Stenson leaves his par putt left for a round of 74 and +1 overall. So, that's that...

  9. 1922: 

    Apologies, that leaderboard that appeared shouldn't have appeared, that was my fault, I forgot we haven't finished yet...

  10. 1919: 

    Jimenez with a decent second at 18 and Stenson is already on there...

  11. 1917: 

    American Hunter Mahan is not seeking redemption after moving to within touching distance of leader Lee Westwood with a superb third-round 68.

    Mahan lost a Ryder Cup singles match to Graeme McDowell at Celtic Manor in 2010 when he duffed a chip shot to the 17th green and conceded a victory which handed the trophy to Europe.

    "I don't need any redemption or anything like that, just playing golf," the 31-year-old told reporters after finishing two behind Westwood on one under.

    "I don't play golf for revenge or to make up for anything. I'm playing because I really like to play and it's the ultimate challenge playing major golf. So that's the only thing I'm worried about."

  12. 1916: 

    Shots of Westwood and Woods signing their cards in the scorer's hut, Woods gives his rival a little pat on the back as he takes his leave, they'll renew battle tomorrow. Although, I believe Westwood will actually be playing in the final pair with Hunter Mahan, which is a shame. Woods, remember, has never won a major when he hasn't been leading going into the final round...

  13. 1913: 
    Lee Westwood celebrates

    Woods with a four at the last for a round of 72 and one under overall. Westwood does indeed pop in for par and a round of 70 - although it wiped its feet - and the Englishman takes a two-shot lead over Woods and Hunter Mahan into the final day.

  14. 1911: 

    Westwood has got about 35 feet for birdie... looked on line until it ran out of puff but he'll pop that in for par. Stenson makes par at 17 before Jimenez misses a tiddler to fall to +3, the Spaniard's dreams fading and dying like bubbles in the hot East Lothian air...

  15. 1906: 

    Woods from the middle of the 18th fairway and he gives this a real clump, turf flying everywhere, and with good results. Westwood steps away from his ball because of a bit of chat in the crowd before readdressing and punching into the middle of the green.

  16. 1904: 
    Leaders: Westwood -3 Woods, Mahan -1 Scott, Stenson Par

    Dustin Johnson's birdie effort misses by a couple of inches and he's in with a 76 for +3 overall. Adventurous round by the American but he's not out of it yet, take Westwood out of the equation and he's still very much in it. Martin Laird for par and he makes it for a 10-over round of 81.

  17. 1901: 

    Stenson not happy with his second at 17, tugged it left into some long stuff. Westwood tees it up on 18, just needs one more clean hit. He finds one, his ball finishing in the first cut and he'll have a four or five iron into the green. Woods going with iron and that's a beauty, made even prettier courtesy of a big old hop and skip.


    -3 Lee Westwood (Eng) after 17

    -1 Hunter Mahan (US) after 18, Tiger Woods (US) after 17

    PAR Adam Scott (Aus) after 18, Henrik Stenson (Swe) after 16

    +1 Angel Cabrera (Arg) after 18, Zach Johnson (US) after 18, Ryan Moore (US) after 18

    +2 Phil Mickelson (US) after 18, Francesco Molinari (Ita) after 18, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) after 16

    Keep up to date with the latest via our pop-up leaderboard.

  19. 1857: 

    Apologies, Woods actually has a five-footer for bogey and he makes it disappear - and just like that, Westwood leads by two again...

  20. 1856: 

    Woods leaves his birdie putt way left at 17 and he's got a knee-knocker for par. Jimenez muscles an angry drive down 17 after that double at 16 and here's Westwood for birdie up ahead on the green - NAILED IT!

  21. 1854: 

    Westwood with a seven iron, chip and run into the 17th and that's OK, chance for a birdie at least. Scotland's Martin Laird has had a nine, a seven and a six today and is +10 for his round as he makes his way up the 18th.

  22. 1852: 

    Zach Johnson for a birdie on 18, from about 20 feet - hasn't hit it so it will be a round of 73 for one over overall and a tie for seventh. Cabrera-Bello in with a 76 for +4, Jimenez makes double bogey after an almost perfect tee shot on 16 and drops to +2 and four off the lead.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    Ian Poulter wasn't much in the mood for a chat after a 75 dropped him to five over:

    Q: "At the moment you're seven shots behind the leader, is that too much?" A: "They haven't finished yet."

    Q: "So as far as you're concerned, tomorrow, definitely…" A: "You tell me, you've seen everyone play the last three days. You know what can happen."

    Q: "What was the best thing you take from your round today?" A: "That I'm playing well."

    Q: "What's the game plan tomorrow?" A: "Play well."

  24. 1848: 
    Lee Westwood

    Jimenez in all sorts of bother in a green-side bunker on 16 - leaves his first escape attempt in there, has a grumble about something or other that's wrong with the sand, before getting second time lucky. Iffy second by Woods, Westwood taking aim with three wood... comes up short but he's got a good line in...

  25. 1846: 

    Hideki Matsuyama, who finished three over, tried to put the disappointment of being penalised a shot behind him, but admitted he had been slightly distracted by an incident on the 17th when his drive hit someone in the crowd.

    "I feel very sorry that it happened," he said. "After the tee shot I hit some spectators, I signed my glove and gave it him or her. It took me a little while to figure out what to do with the second shot and that is when it (the penalty) happened.

    "One stroke is a really big deal at this stage but I will do my best tomorrow to do the best I can."

  26. 1845: 

    Shot gone for Cabrera at the last after a missed four-footer and he's in with a 73 for one over overall. The two-time major winner very much part of the conversation, as I understand they say nowadays.

  27. 1844: 
    Leaders: Westwood, Woods -2 Mahan -1 Scott, Stenson, Jimenez Par

    Ryan Moore's birdie effort on 18 ducks left at the last moment and the American is in with a 72 for +1 overall. The par-five 17th playing into the wind and Woods is going with three wood, not sure he middled that but it's safely down there. Westwood is going to give it some humpty... chocs away, he's marmalised that like a goodun and he make the green in two.

  28. 1841: 

    Jimenez with a long-range birdie effort on 15 and he should make par from there. Cabrera finds a bunker with his second at 18, Woods's birdie effort misses an inch to the left. But he'll lead the Open when he walks off the green... but only as co-leader, that's an unbelievable bogey save from 20-odd feet by Westwood. Good on you, lad...

    Peter Alliss, BBC Sport commentator

    "Such a shame for Westwood. He's played so well but it's falling apart on this one hole. Tiger senses blood... but that's a fantastic result for Westwood. That will feel like an albatross. Brilliant...."

  30. 1838: 

    Stenson's birdie effort stays just right of the cup at 15, tricky one for par coming back. This is a massive moment for Westwood and it looks like he's going with putter, treacherous times indeed... hasn't hit it anywhere near hard enough, probably two shots gone here...

  31. 1835: 

    Stenson into the 15th, leaks it just right. Jimenez's skips on and finally comes to rest over the back of the green. Westwood hacking out of the rough, tough stuff... and this could be expensive, his ball springs right and rolls back down the slope at the front of the green...

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    James Gallagher: Possible Super Sunday - Froome wins Le Tour, England win at Lord's and Westwood wins the Open #bbcopen #bbctdf #bbccricket

    Steve Pye: In 1987, an Englishman who many thought wouldn't win a major claimed the claret jug. Would love Westwood to do the same tomorrow #bbcopen

    Adam Mills: Good interview from Johnson Wagner with regards to the Matsuyama time penalty. Nice to see sportsmen standing up for one another. #bbcopen

  33. 1831: 

    Westwood drills one down there at the par-three 16th and he's missed that by miles, good luck making par from there. Woods, punching one into the breeze with a five iron, bang centre and bang tidy. We could have a new leader after this hole...

  34. 1828: 

    Stenson with long iron off 15... high, handsome and very straight. Cabrera back to level par with a birdie at 17, Jimenez down the middle at 15. Shot gone for Moore at 17, he tumbles back into a tie for eighth on +1.

  35. 1826: 
    Miguel Angel Jimenez

    Shot gone for Jimenez at 14 and that leaves three men in the red. Westwood with a long birdie putt on 15... almost finds it mark but staggers on a fair few feet. I haven't mentioned Zach Johnson much, which is unfair - 14 pars and two bogeys through 16, he's very much in the mix at +1. That's a spunky clutch putt by Westwood, never in doubt. A grim-looking Woods also in for par...

  36. 1822: 

    Adam Scott putting for birdie on 18, from about 20 feet - bang on line but he leaves it a foot short. But the Aussie is in with a 70 and is only two off the lead as it stands. Ryan Moore with his third into 17 and that's OK. More from Ryan's website: "If you catch Ryan off the course, in an everyday casual setting, more than likely you'll see him kicking it in a pair of Tom's." No idea...


    -3 Lee Westwood (Eng) after 14

    -2 Tiger Woods (US) after 14

    -1 Hunter Mahan (US) after 18, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) after 13

    PAR Adam Scott (Aus) after 18, Ryan Moore (US) after 16 Henrik Stenson (Swe) after 13

    +1 Angel Cabrera (Arg) after 16, Zach Johnson (US) after 16

    Keep up to date with the latest via our pop-up leaderboard.

  38. 1818: 

    Bold statement by Phil, who says Hunter Mahan, on one under, will probably be leading at the end of the day - bear in mind Westwood is three under through 14 and Tiger two under. The swashbuckling American adds that a round in the 60s tomorrow might be enough for him to win this thing.

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    Chris-Gorilla-Waller: Westwood has been VERY lucky this round

    Werner Kuhn: Great to watch Westwood and Tiger fight it out for the lead!

  40. 1815: 
    Leaders: Westwood -3 Woods -2 Mahan, Jimenez -1

    I believe Woods saved par at 14, indeed he did. Westwood ding-dongs an iron down the 15th, as does Woods. These lads are giving no quarter. Jimenez with 202 yards left at 14 and he's rather muffed that short and right. Scott coming down the 18th and that's a solid approach.


    Earlier we asked you, apart from Miguel Angel Jimenez, which other four Spaniards are in the world's top 100?

    Here are the answers: Sergio Garcia, Gonzalez Fernandez Castano, Pablo Larrazabal and, of course, Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

  42. 1811: 

    Molinari makes bogey at 17 to drop back to +2, not a great day for Charl Schwartzel, the heavily backed South African is five over through 17 and +6 overall. We have a new outright leader, Lee Westwood made that birdie at 14...

  43. 1808: 

    Cabrera in bother at the short 16th, looks like two shots gone, back to +1 he tumbles. But Jimenez passes him on the way down, he makes birdie on 13 to climb back into the red. Only four men under par as TV coverage switches to BBC Two - Woods, Westwood, Mahan and Cabrera.

  44. 1806: 

    Westwood is timing the ball as well as you've ever seen him, from tee to green and on the dancefloor as well. Here's an absolute peach into the 14th, leaving himself a four-footer for birdie. Woods has found the bunker... Stenson with a downhiller for birdie at 13, but much like Westwood's effort it stays right. Scott for birdie at 17 but it stays left...

  45. 1804: 

    Jimenez all over the flag at 13 like a cheap suit - which I'm almost certain Miguel Angel doesn't wear - Stenson almost gets inside him. Scott's third into the breeze on 17 and he gets a nice kick across the green. Australia's perennial major contender Jason Day is in with a 72, he's still in this at +3 overall.

  46. 1801: 
    Leaders: Westwood, Woods -2, Cabrera, Mahan -1

    Stenson's birdie effort at 12 doesn't break enough, he stays level and two off the lead. Bubba in with a 77, Poulter in with a 75, their races probably run. Tiger on the 14th tee, 468 yards, gives it the old heave-ho, straight down the middle. Lee Boy follows him down, these two still grinding...

    BBC Radio 5 live
    Tiger Woods

    Scottish golfer Andrew Coltart: "Woods knows there is a very long way to go. He won't be put off by anything anybody is doing. He will fight to the death."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Graeme McDowell knows a thing or two about links golf, having grown up in Portrush, Northern Ireland, and thinks Muirfield is of the finest kind. Apart from the bunkers, which he doesn't like because there are too many awkward stances.

    'This is links golf at its absolute purest," he said. 'This is firm and fast. This is control your ball flight. You're only ever hitting one of two shots here. You're trying to rip it back into the wind or you're trying to cajole one through the lumps and bumps and release onto the green. There's no real in between, no normal type of golf shot. You're just trying to pitch it on the spot and hope for the right bounce and release.

    'A guy like Tiger Woods, it sets up for his type of game - absolute patience, absolute course management, control, fairways and fronts of greens. And he hasn't had the driver out of the bag yet. He's a great iron player.'"

  49. 1756: 

    Sweden's Henrik Stenson with a decent approach at 12, Cabrera-Bello makes it three straight bogeys at 14. Westwood for birdie on 13, right-to-lefter, or at least he thought it was. The Englishman remains two under. Tiger thinks he's got a left-to-righter and it stays left. So it goes...

  50. 1753: 

    Woods finds the heart of the green with his tee shot at 13, Westwood gets a great piece of luck, pitching on the slope to the left of the green and his ball gathering back in. Ryan Moore with birdies at 13 and 14, the American tied for fifth on level par.

  51. 1750: 
    Leaders: Westwood, Woods -2, Cabrera, Mahan -1

    Jimenez for par at 11, needs this to get back on track - in it goes. Adam Scott with a long-range birdie effort at 17 but he's got a knee-knocker coming back. Mickelson in for par at the last, a round of 72 and +2 overall.

  52. 1748: 

    It's carnage out there, here's Cabrera-Bello missing a three-footer for par at 13, the Spaniard falls to +1. Woods from long range at 12, for birdie... not enough borrow, left himself a three-footer for par. Westwood putting from just off the front and he had the right line, came up a couple of feet short.

  53. 1745: 

    The last two groups are on the clock at the moment, namely Jimenez and Stenson and Woods and Westwood. Adam Scott at the par-three 16th, straight into the guts of the green. Westwood at 12, from his familiar spot in the middle of the short stuff, and it's a solid shot in.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Graeme McDowell was not a happy camper after being warned for slow play on the fifth hole. McDowell and playing partner Gregory Bourdy were put on the clock for being four-and-a-half minutes out of position after shaky starts to their third round.

    But McDowell said: 'We're like, what? Surely we're allowed to get off to a bad start. There's a difference between slow play and bad play. It's hard enough out there trying to navigate your way around this golf course.

    'It only takes one bad shot to get out of position before you're really out of position. So I thought they were getting a little hard core with the watch this morning. I get it, we're up against TV and we're trying to keep play moving. But have a little common sense, boys.'"

  55. 1740: 

    Cabrera with a birdie attempt on 14... rams it home, the Argentine gets back to one under. Mahan for par at the last, from about 20 feet, and it's straight down the pip - the world number 23 in with a 68, hrehas the clubhouse lead on one under.

  56. 1738: 

    Woods with a typically miraculous escape at 11, Westwood leaves his birdie attempt inches right. Woods makes his save, the duel continues...

    Former Ryder Cup player Ken Brown, BBC Sport

    "It is a fantastic feeling when you are a home player doing well in the Open because everyone is wanting you to do well and gets behind you."

  58. 1737: 

    Tiger with 160 yards left, out of the rough and into the wind, and he's left himself a horror chip. Westwood bang middle on 11, 140 yards, and he's stiffed it to within eight feet, that's a doozy of the highest order. Birdie for Molinari at 15, he's tied for ninth on +1. Shades of Eamonn Darcy in Ryan Moore's swing, a languid, loopy thing and here's a fine approach at 14 - the American is also one over.

  59. 1736: 

    -2 Tiger Woods (US) after 10, Lee Westwood (Eng) after 10

    -1 Hunter Mahan (US) after 17

    PAR Adam Scott (Aus) after 15, Angel Cabrera (Arg) after 13, Henrik Stenson (Swe) after 9, Miguel-Angel Jimenez (Spa) after 9, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spn) after 12

    +1 Francesco Molinari (Ita) after 15, Ryan Moore (US) after 13, Zach Johnson (US) after 12

    Keep up to date with the latest via our pop-up leaderboard.

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    Anahoor: Far too early to get excited about Lee. I hope he keeps some in reserve for tomorrow afternoon.

    C Ingram: Still not convinced that Lee Westwood has it in him to win a major.

  61. 1733: 

    Woods makes a bad stroke on tee at 11, he won't so much need an iron as a scythe from there. Westwood sweeps his drive down there, he'll have a shot at the green from there. Dustin Johnson is like a car clattering down the motorway with the wheel nuts loosened - bogey at 10, birdie at 11, he's two over. Spain's Cabrera-Bello bogeys 12 to leave only three men under par.

    Iain Carter, BBC golf correspondent

    "I think it's good that stroke penalties are coming in and we've seen plenty of them in the past - Ross Fisher got done with one in the Dutch Open. What needs to happen is that it has to be across the board. The more it happens the better it is because it sends an important message to the other competitors. Anything that keeps the players playing at a decent pace is good news."

  63. 1729: 
    BOGEY- Leaders: Westwood, Woods -2, Cabrera-Bello, Mahan -1

    Cabrera missed that par putt at 13, falls back to level and into a share of fifth. Westwood in for par at 10, Stenson's birdie putt at nine slides over the cellophane bridge, the Swede stays even par.

  64. 1727: 

    Westwood makes par at 10 to remain two under, Cabrera putting downhill at 13... leaves it short and gives it the tea pot. Matsuyama of Japan finishes with a bogey for a round of 72 and +3 overall. Woods's birdie effort at 10 just grazes the cup left, stays two under.

  65. 1725: 

    Italian Ryder Cupper Francesco Molinari is holding it together, he birdied the 13th to get back to +2 and four off the lead. Jimenez for eagle at nine... leaves it a foot left of the cup but pops in to move back to level...

  66. 1723: 

    Heat-seeking approach into the 10th by Woods, another birdie chance from there. Mahan on the par-five 17th, from just off the green, and he pumps it home to move into a tie for third on one under. Westwood's second at 10 just skips onto the apron over the back.

  67. 1721: 

    Shot gone for Mickelson at 15, he falls to +1, it really is brutal out there. Only four men under par - Westwood, Woods, Cabrera and Cabrera-Bello. Jimenez with a magnificent approach at nine, makeable eagle putt. Young Matsuyama has picked up a penalty stroke for slow play, he's now +2.

  68. 1718: 
    Leaders: Westwood, Woods -2, Cabrera, Cabrera-Bello -1

    Woods clips his drive down the middle on 10 - twirl of the club, straight down to pick up his tee, that was never anything but straight. Westwood going with driver, I hope he doesn't live to regret this... bombed it, his aim is true...

  69. 1715: 

    .... no mistakes by Tiger, he rams home his birdie putt at nine to join Westwood atop the leaderboard - from three-shot lead to co-leader in the blink of an eye, the Englishman needs to hold his nerve...

  70. 1713: 

    First-round leader Zach Johnson has let one go at 10 to drop back to +1, here's Tiger at nine, up against the face - neat escape. Sandy Lyle, champion in 1985, propping up the leaderboard after a weary 80... Westwood with an eight-footer for par at nine, leaks it right and falls back to two under. Six shots now separate the top 24...

  71. 1710: 

    Cabrera with a six-footer for par at 11 and he makes it disappear again to stay -1. Jimenez with a fine bunker escape at eight but he's got a 20-footer for par...

  72. 1707: 

    Dustin Johnson has got a shot back at the long ninth - birdied that every day this week - and he's back to +2. Birdie for Scott at 13, the Masters champion climbs back to level. Hunter Mahan, the world number 23, is flying under the radar, he's two under through 16 and three off the lead.

  73. 1704: 

    Many thanks Aimee Lewis, this is Ben Dirs taking you through to stumps. And I join you, and you join me, as Phil Mickelson is splashing out at 15. Didn't release, plenty of work to do. Cabrera has come over all Nick Faldo, 10 straight pars to remain -1.

  74. 1658: 

    The magic disappears from Westwood's putter, the eighth hole making the Englishman look like a muggle. Bogey for Westwood and he slips to -3 and a two-shot lead. Birdie chance for Jimenez... Nope, nothing to see here. Let's move on.

  75. 1657: 

    Oohs and aahs emanating from the 10th hole and that is because Angel Cabrera has gone a smidgeon long with his uphill birdie chance. Birdie for Rafael Cabrera-Bello on the ninth and the Spaniard joins Cabrera and Woods in a three-way tussle on -1.

  76. 1653: 
    JIMENEZ BACK TO LEVEL PAR- Leaders: Westwood -4 Woods, Cabrera, Cabrera-Bello -1

    Jimenez does indeed drop a shot on the sixth, plunging to par. Stenson a whisker wide with his putt for par. Only four players in the red. Three bogeys on the trot for Dustin Johnson. The American +5.

  77. 1651: 

    Jimenez spraying the ball around the par-four sixth and his tricky chip squirts a hefty distance from the pin. He faces an impossible putt to save par. Par on the 18th for Jamie Donaldson and the Welshman ends the day +3 for the tournament. Lee Westwood, meanwhile, with a two iron on the eighth and the Englishman is playing beautifully.

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    Samar: Go on Lee! Birdie putt and now on -4 with a three shot lead!

    Sam Beavis: Come on @WestwoodLee! Looking in command here!

  79. 1647: 

    -4 Lee Westwood (Eng) after 7

    -1 Tiger Woods (US) after 7, Angel Cabrera (Arg) after 8, Henrik Stenson (Swe) after 5, Miguel-Angel Jimenez (Spa) after 5

    Par Phil Mickelson (US) after 13, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa) after 8, Zach Johnson (US) after 8

    +1 Hunter Mahan (US) after 13, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) after 14, Justin Leonard (US) after 13, Adam Scott (Aus) after 11

    Keep up to date with the latest via our pop-up leaderboard.

  80. 1645: 

    Here we go. Westwood with an uphill putt for a birdie. He has about four foot of land to negotiate... The putter makes contact with the ball - a firm prod and in it goes. Westwood -4 and three shots to the good.

  81. 1642: 
    Tiger Woods on the fourth

    Bogey for Zach Johnson on the eighth. Tiger Woods with a troublesome putt for par. The world number one studies the task ahead of him but it's a shot gone. Westwood now two shots ahead of the pack and has an opportunity to extend his lead.

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    Daniel Bonson: What a monster putt by Westwood

    Ben Chadderton: LEE WESTWOOD you beauty!!

    Andrew Priestley: Look out folks, here comes Lee Westwood! We've heard for years that he would win a Major if he could putt consistently for 4 days!

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "First real scrum we've had this week following Woods and Westwood. Definite sense of hustle. Game faces on. Chins jutting. Elbows out. Friends forgotten. And that's just the journos. Nearing the sharper end now."

  84. 1638: 

    Westwood saves par on the sixth to retain the lead. Jimenez needs to do the same on the fifth... his putt snakes this way and that and refuses to drop into its intended target. Bogey for the Spaniard and he's -1. Adam Scott drops a shot on the 10th.

  85. 1635: 
    Lee Westwood

    Muirfield is famed for producing great champions and here's an indication of just how classy this leaderboard is: of the top 13 players, three have won multiple majors, six have won majors and all but one that could have played in a Ryder Cup have done. Pick the chaff out of that.

  86. 1629: 

    What a leaderboard it is. Just sit back and admire the artisans, the world's best jostling for position. We have a Westwood at the top, there's a Tiger Woods too - and a Miguel Angel Jimenez adding a touch of colour and eccentricity to proceedings. Scroll a little further down and you'll see Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson. Everyone wanting attention, every one of them eyeing the Claret Jug.

  87. 1624: 

    Henrik Stenson did well to escape from the fourth with a bogey which means the Swede is only two shots adrift of leader Westwood. Stenson and Jimenez now on the fifth... The Spaniard in long grass... "down, down, down," he yells while watching his second shot drift into one of the few patches of verdant land at Muirfield. Phil Mickelson with a birdie on the 12th.

    Peter Alliss, BBC Sport commentator

    "That was stupendous from Westwood, bordering on the ridiculous. What about that! I think you call that warm applause - what a reception. I shudder to think where it might have gone if it had missed but it didn't. Touch of the Forsyths with his celebration there. Good game, good game and why not - that was a bonus."

  89. 1621: 
    EAGLE FOR WESTWOOD- Leaders: Westwood -3 Woods & Jimenez -2; Cabrera, Stenson & Z Johnson -1

    Time to set off the fireworks! Whizz! Bang! Pop! Sumptuous from Westwood as he arrows a putt into the cup for an eagle on the fifth. The Englishman punches the air. The crowd go loopy. Westwood now alone at the top of the leaderboard on -3 and he's doesn't particularly care for company.

    Former Ryder Cup player Ken Brown, BBC Sport

    "That was just remarkable from Jimenez. You won't see a better shot. Great balance needed and you have to get it to land softly because the greens are like glass. A bit of Spanish Seve magic there."

  91. 1618: 

    Magnificent escape from Jimenez from the bunker on the fourth! One foot in the sand, the other bent on the edge and he directs it to within 10ft from the cup for a super-duper par. Jimenez and Woods battling it out at the top on -2.

  92. 1616: 

    "That's a beauty," says Tiger Woods of his approach shot. He soon changes his mind. Wood's flirting with danger, his iron shot rolling over the outer edges of a bunker before stopping in lush grass.

  93. 1615: 

    Lee Westwood with a driver out on the fifth about 300 yards from the pin. Up the ball goes, bounces into the rough before trickling back onto the fairway to leave the Worksop Wonder (TM) with a chip to the pin.

  94. 1611: 
    Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood

    Tiger on the fifth and he's taken a driver out of the bag. His tee shot bounces about 10ft beyond Westwood's effort down the heart of the fairway. Martin Laird birdies the fifth, taking the Scot to +2. Henrik Stenson in a spot of bother on the fourth. The Swede's in big trouble, actually.

  95. 1608: 

    Jimenez's putt wobbles around the rim before gravity does its work. Par for the Spaniard. Another testing putt for Westwood on the fourth. The Englishman's credentials being tested but he won't buckle. Bogey for Woods. Three-way tie for the lead.

  96. 1604: 
    Leaders: Woods -3; Stenson & Jimenez -2; Westwood, Cabrera, Matsuyama & Z Johnson -1

    Seven players are under par for the day. Tiger Woods in the bunker. Digs the ball out from his feet but has some work to do if he is to escape unscathed.

  97. 1600: 

    Ian Poulter concludes a bogey-filled front nine with a birdie and he's out in 38. The Englishman +3 overall. But it's Hideki Matsuyama we need to keep an eye on. Three birdies on the trot from the 21-year-old and he's leapt up the leaderboard with a touch of razzle-dazzle, positioning himself to within just two shots of leader Tiger Woods.

    Hideki Matsuyama
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    Brian Rose: Just put it behind you Martin! If you're gonna post a 9 at least it's early in the round

    Kautothelegend: Martin Laird oh dear

  99. 1553: 

    What's Lee Westwood up to? The 40-year-old faces a tricky putt for par and his effort lacks venom. Shot dropped. Tiger Woods, though, sinks a putt for par. Nerveless. The world number one licking his chops and ready to pounce.

  100. 1551: 

    Adam Scott seemed set to attack, but the Australian has dropped a shot on the fourth and is level for the day. Justin Leonard with a birdie on the ninth. The American out in 35.

  101. 1547: 

    Martin Laird takes nine shots around the par-four third and all we can do is look on helplessly as the Scot plummets from -2 to +3. A tie for second to a tie for 17th. Such a cruel sport.

  102. 1541: 
    A fan of Tiger Woods

    Martin Laird's ball resting in the sort of long grass where lions and, erm, tigers like to lurk. The Scot would rather be greeted by a big cat at this moment in time rather than the troublesome shot facing him. He chips from one patch of rough to another, takes another swing. And misses. It's unplayable. Joy for Henrik Stensson, though. Birdie on the second, in fact. Jimenez with a bogey. Tiger Woods stands alone at the top of the leaderboard.

  103. 1538:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Sergio Garcia straightbats a question about his relationship with Padraig Harrington. Not that he'd know what to 'straightbat' is, presumably not being much of a cricket fan. 'How do you describe your relationship with Padraig?'

    "'Good, yeah. Normal. I think we both respect each other. We seemed a little bit slow out there but other than that it was fine.' And other than a frosty silence all the way around. It would seem they're not the best of friends, after some incidents lost in the mists of time, not helped by Harrington beating him in a play-off for the Open at Carnoustie in 2007."


    Brian Rose: Henrik Stenson's shot outta rough at the 1st is as good as any I've seen so far at #Muirfield this week.

    Ryan Cowan: Tiger Woods will win his 15th major this weekend all because he shaved his goatee. Never won a major with it!

  105. 1536: 

    Lee Westwood with a 4ft putt on the second for par. Here's where a player needs teak-tough nerves and a surgeon's hands. The man from Worksop blessed with both attributes this week. Sinks it and that's the first test passed. Although, he then finds the long stuff from the third tee.

  106. 1532: 

    -3 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) after one, Tiger Woods (US) after two

    -2 Martin Laird (Sco) after 2, Henrik Stenson (Swe), Lee Westwood (Eng) after two, Dustin Johnson (US) after 1

    -1 Zach Johnson (US) after 2, Angel Cabrera (Arg) after 3

    Par Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa) after 1, Ryan Moore (US) after 3

    +1 Hunter Mahan (US) after 8, Phil Mickelson (US) after 7, Adam Scott (Aus) after 4, Darren Clarke (NI) after 4

    SELECTED +3 Sergio Garcia (Spa) after 18, Ian Poulter (Eng) after 6, Charl Schwartzel (SA) after 4; +5 Graeme McDowell (NI) after 15

    +5 Ernie Els (SA) after 18; +9* Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) after 18; +11* Jimmy Mullen (Eng) after 18; +12 Padraig Harrington (Ire) after 18; +15 Sandy Lyle (Sco) after 18

    * denotes amateur

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  107. 1531: 

    Angel Cabrera on the par-three fourth. There's a whiff of a birdie in the East Lothian air, but the Argentine's putt drifts wide. Par for Jimenez on the first. Only 17 holes remaining for the Spaniard, Peter Alliss reminds us. Westwood's putt snakes uphill but whizzes beyond the cup. Birdie for Tiger! Here we go...

  108. 1529:  
    Former Ryder Cup player Ken Brown, BBC Sport

    "It has been very obvious so far that scoring has been extremely difficult. Anybody in the last half a dozen pairings that shoots level par or better will really stand out as a favourite. It's a brutal challenge and the greens are getting quicker and the fairways are getting firmer. The pins aren't quite as treacherous but that's not to say they are easy - they are so difficult to get at. It's a challenging course and everybody can't wait to see who can craft a round out of it. Good luck to them!"

  109. 1525: 

    Martin Laird, sporting a Granny Smith-coloured green top. Crisp, fresh and fruity, just like his iron play. Birdie for Laird on the second. The Scot wiggling his toes in the red stuff, testing the temperature before deciding whether to fully plunge into the deep end. Laird -2 for the tournament, a shot behind leader Jimenez.

  110. 1521: 

    A deft push from Westwood and he's less than a foot from the first pin. An opportunity for Tiger, but here a par will have to suffice. Hearty cheers for Miguel Angel Jimenez as the tartan-trousered Spaniard prepares for take off. Kerpow! Down the middle she goes. Nice.

  111. 1517: 

    Westwood whispers as he watches his approach shot fly towards the pin, hoping to gently persuade the ball to close in on the cup. It reaches the green, about 20ft from the pin. A glimpse of overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez walking hand-in-hand with his girlfriend. A peck on the cheek from the Spaniard to his lady friend before he trots towards the clubhouse.

  112. 1518:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Bit of a final-day atmosphere about the first tee as Lee Westwood is cheered into the backdoor of the grandstand. The Englishman, orange shirt the colour of the Muirfield sun, grins away, gnashers matching his ice-white strides. The roar is bigger inside the stadium. Tiger, black-shirted and game-faced, shakes his hand. Both hit good ones and set off chatting. Half and half shouts of 'C'mon Lee' and 'C'mon Tiger'."

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    weeladybird1981: Jimenez makes me want to take up cigar smoking.

    Phil Halls: This is it... can Lee Westwood make a benchmark for the rest of the field?? Come on Lee this is your year!

  114. 1513: 
    Lee Westwood

    An adrenalized whack from Lee Westwood and the Englishman splits the fairway with a super 260-yard plus effort. Woods and the Englishman both smiling as they wiggle from the first tee.

  115. 1511: 

    Tiger Woods glugs the last drops of agua in his water bottle before spitting it all out. Lovely. He then emerges from a short tunnel and is greeted by whoops and whistles as he makes his way towards announcer Ivor Robson - the Terry Wogan of the tees, as he is described by one colleague of mine. Anyway, long and straight from the world number one off the first tee.

  116. 1504: 
    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods was captured striding towards the clubhouse a few minutes ago and here he is again, sipping water and being followed by cameramen as he walks towards the first tee. The world number one will tee off alongside Lee Westwood in under 10 minutes (15:10 BST). Zach Johnson makes par on the first. His compatriot Bubba Watson goes one better with a birdie on the fifth.

  117. 1502:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "If there is one man who is not going to lie down until the Claret Jug is in another man's car boot, it's defending champ Ernie Els. The Big Easy gave a masterclass in plugging away last year and it earned him a shiny pot.

    "If I'm within six or seven, you never know. It happened last year. I'm not going to say it's going to happen every day, but anything can happen in the Open," he says. "Somebody can get hot, and if the leaders don't get hot, you're in the ballgame. That's what I'm hoping for. It's tough when you've won and had a lot of things going your way and then the next year you don't get the bounces. But that's links golf. But I'm a competitor. You're not going to lie down until the 72nd hole."

    Ernie Els
  118. 1459: 

    Swish and plop! That's the sound of Adam Scott's putt dropping into the cup for a birdie. The Australian into the red for the day. Meanwhile, Ian Poulter has a left-to-right putt for birdie, the gentlest of nudges from the Englishman but the ball strays wide.

  119. 1455: 

    Time to focus on the next batch of players stepping into the limelight. Zach Johnson, pink T-shirt and black trousers, finds the heart from the first tee while his playing partner Rafael Cabrera-Bello biffs his tee into the rough. Darren Clarke with another birdie chance... attempts to curl it into the cup - but he ever so slightly misjudges it. The 2011 Open champion winces while the crowd assembled around the second green groan.

  120. 1450: 
    Padraig Harrington

    Padraig Harrington ends with a mucky-looking card, bogeys on the 16th and 18th leaving the Dubliner +12 for the tournament and scrapping in 77th, which isn't really where the two-time Open winner wants to be.

  121. 1445: 

    Oohs from the spectators as Darren Clarke's tiddler of a birdie chance teases the cup but decides to remain on the green. It could have been a glorious start for the Northern Irishman. Angel Cabrera appears on the first and hits it straight down the middle. Phil Mickelson's shoulders are drooping once again, Lefty clubbing his third shot on the par-five fifth somewhere near the bunkers.

  122. 1444: 

    Magnificent! Birdie for Sergio Garcia on the 18th and the Spaniard ends the third round with a three-under-par 68. He's +3 for the tournament. He couldn't sneak into contention, could he?

  123. 1438: 

    Phil Mickelson in the long grass, a heave-ho from Lefty and one or two spectators applaud as the Scottish Open champ finds the fairway on the fifth. Mickelson has sand in his eye for his efforts, a golfer's curse. Delightful approach shot from Ian Poulter on the fourth, stopping 10ft short of the pin, though the Englishman is shaking his head.

  124. 1435: 

    Thank you Benjamin. Aimee here and I arrive just as Ian Poulter buffs his tee on the fourth into the rough. Poulter and Darren Clarke seem to be wearing the same patterned pantaloons, but even I admit that's irrelevant chit-chat. Humungous tee from Bubba - but the ball bounces into a trap.

  125. 1433: 

    Poulter's birdie effort from just on the apron misses by a whisker and look at this for a bunker escape from Mickelson at four - he was the up and down king yesterday, he's doing it again today. On tee, Darren Clarke and Jordan Spieth, who won on the PGA Tour last week despite being only 19. Both away safely... here's Aimee Lewis for a while...

    BBC Radio 5 live
    Matt Fitzpatrick

    English player and leading amateur Matt Fitzpatrick, who is on nine under: "I'm very happy. I'm pleased with how today's gone. I played very steady, but the last two holes [two bogeys] got me again."

    Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

  127. 1428: 

    Poulter with a peach of a jungle escape at two, couldn't have done much better from there. Mahan drops a shot at four, drops to +1, here's Sergio with a 25-foot birdie putt at 17 - all over the place, probably a shot gone.

  128. 1424: 

    Els drains a four-footer at the last for a round of 70. The defending champion is five over, eight off the lead - surely too far back to challenge, I can't see anyone firing a 65 or 66 round there, or even a 67.

  129. 1421: 

    This is game number 36, on the tee from Australia, Adam Scott. The Masters champion safely away. Scott playing with another former Masters champion, Charl Schwartzel, who finds the horseshoe bunker out left.

  130. 1419: 

    Mickelson just misses with his birdie attempt at three, he heads to the tricky fourth level par, and tied for 10th place. Bubba doesn't hit his birdie effort at two, but that's a par.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher: "Bubba Watson is not a one-dimensional player. He is a long hitter, but he also has a wonderful touch around the greens."

  132. 1416: 

    Miguel Angel Jimenez on the practice green, cigar clamped between his teeth, he'll be out at 1520 BST. Els sizing up his second into the 18th and he's lucky not to be gobbled up by a bunker. Poulter and Watson won't be happy with their approaches at two, although that's a decent birdie attempt by the Englishman.

  133. 1412: 

    Mahan doesn't hit his birdie putt at three, which is a shame as it was bang on line. Garcia with an awkward stance in a bunker at 16 and what hands he has, the Spaniard flipping the ball to within a couple of feet. Jason Day of Australia gets back to two over with birdie at three.


    Alan in Rothbury, via text on 81111: Re spectator numbers being down at the Open. Have a look at the ticket prices. £165 for a couple with a car then there's food & drink, petrol etc - far too expensive. I know numerous people that won't go anymore.

  135. 1409:  
    BBC Radio 5 live
    Jimmy Mullen

    English amateur Jimmy Mullen, who shot 75 to be on 11 over: "I wasn't pleased with the round. I hit it so bad off the tee. I was a bit lucky to get 75. I've not got much, but I make the most of what I've got. There are people more unfortunate than me."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

  136. 1407: 

    Par for Poulter at the first, Mickelson gets back to even par with birdie at the second. Els for birdie at 17 - looked in all the way but darted right at the last. Mahan into the teeth at three but that's pretty good, although he'll need another monster effort for birdie.

  137. 1406: 
    Scottish-themed golf clubs

    BBC Sport Scotland's Keir Murray at Muirfield: "Richie Ramsay has a warning for those players yet to tee off today: 'You've just got to be so patient out there. If you're not, it will chew you up and spit you out.

    "'It's not quite defensive golf but you need to be almost passive-aggressive. I hit two six irons yesterday and two five irons off the tee just to get it on the fairway.'"

  138. 1406: 

    Poulter and Bubba both come up short at the first, Garcia makes his par at 15. Mickelson with his second at two - nearly holes it, his ball landing and ducking left towards the hole. Foot for a birdie. Welshman Jamie Donaldson sticks in a monster at five, he's now +3 and right in the mixer. LOOK AT THAT WIGGLE! Lovely stuff from Donaldson...

  139. 1405: 

    -3 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 1520 tee time

    -2 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 1520, Lee Westwood (Eng) 1510, Tiger Woods (US) 1510, Dustin Johnson (US) 1500

    -1 Martin Laird (Sco) 1500, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 1450, Zach Johnson (US) 1450, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1440

    SELECTED +3 Thomas Bjorn (Den) after 12; +4 Sergio Garcia (Spa) after 14, +6 Graeme McDowell (NI) after 8

    +5 Ernie Els (SA) after 16; +9* Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) after 18; +10 Padraig Harrington (Ire) after 14; +11* Jimmy Mullen (Eng) after 18; +12 Sandy Lyle (Sco) after 14;

    * denotes amateur

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  140. 1404: 

    BBC Sport Scotland's Keir Murray at Muirfield: "Marvellous line from Richie Ramsay on learning on Friday night that he was, after all, required back at Muirfield for the weekend's play now that the cut had fallen at eight-over par.

    "The Aberdonian joked: 'You have to have accommodation for the tournament for seven nights. Being Scottish, I didn't really want to have it for the full seven nights, but now I get the use of it. I was as pleased about that as I was to still be in the tournament!' Ramsay shot a 72 today and sits at nine over par."

  141. 1402:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield
    Bubba Watson's golf bag

    "Before starting his round Bubba Watson put on a show for the punters in the stand behind the range. He wound his arms up and took a lash with his pink driver, launching a ball high into the sapphire sky and over the net at the end. The crowd gasped in astonishment. With a final flourish, he turned and set off for the first tee and a meeting with Ian Poulter.

    "Will they repeat their Ryder Cup antics when they urged the crowd to cheer as they hit? Er, no. But there are plenty of hoots and hollers as they stride off down the fairway chatting away."

  142. 1400: 

    Garcia into the 15th after par at 14 and his ball clambers over the left-hand bunker and into the heart of the green. Mahan from long range at two and that's back-to-back birdies for the world number 23, who is now three off the lead. Matthew Fitzpatrick in with a 73 and he'll head into the final day two ahead of amateur rival Jimmy Mullen.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter: "It is very bunched at the top of the leaderboard. There are some great names there. I don't think too much under par will win this tournament. It's the players that hang in there and get off to a good start [will be in contention]. Experience is vital too. The players that have won here are the ones who have the experience. I don't think you're going to see a young winner."

  144. 1357: 

    Leonard from long range at the first and his birdie effort is a decent one, he should make par from there. Safe par from Mickelson also. Game number 34 is Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson, old Ryder Cup foes. Poulter's game looks in pretty good nick this week, which is more than you can say for his wardrobe - he is perhaps the first man to team pink shirt, strides and shoes since Liberace in his pompadoured pomp. Nice drive and Bubba follows him down there...

  145. 1355: 

    2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke, who tees off at 1430 on one over par: "The breeze is picking up and the course is running very firm and fast. The more you keep it out of the breeze the better it's going to be. If you do try to take too many things on you're going to pay a penalty for it. It's certainly playing fair but tough."

  146. 1351: 

    Hunter Mahan crowbarring his way into contention with a birdie at the first, he's now +1. Darren Clarke on the range, talking about "using the ground" if the wind gets up. Clarke, a resident of Portrush and champion in 2011, knows what he's talking about...

  147. 1347: 

    Phil Mickelson on tee, he's playing with 1997 champion Justin Leonard. Both safely away...

  148. 1345: 
    BBC Sport

    A troupe of Tigers have been captured prowling the course, although they seemed tamer than you're average big cat and were indulging in a tipple not widely available in the Kalahari. For more behind-the-scenes pictures, follow @bbcsport on Instagram and Facebook.

  149. 1344: 

    Garcia did bogey 13 and here he is with a heat-seeker into 14, he's having a right old-ding-dong with the course. Fitzpatrick's par putt misses right on 17 - he made double there yesterday, could be another today...

  150. 1341: 

    Bristol's Chris Wood promised to change his putter after suffering a nightmare on the greens at Muirfield for the third day running. After only just making the Open halfway cut on Friday evening, Long Ashton's Wood played well on day three, without reward, and finished on 12 over after a third consecutive 75.

    "I had a putt for birdie at almost every green and didn't hole one," he told BBC Sport. "The first thing I'm going to do now is get a new putter."

  151. 1340: 

    Mark O'Meara, champion in 1998, birdies the first and is two over for the tournament. We've got a nice duel going on for the Silver Medal between Devon's Jimmy Mullen (in the clubhouse on +11) and Sheffield's Matthew Fitzpatrick (level through 16 and +7). Kuchar's eagle putt at nine wanders off to the left but he makes birdie to move to +3.

  152. 1333: 

    Garcia rather muffs his chip at 13 and he's left himself a long putt for par. Kuchar with a fine approach at eight and he rattles in the birdie to get to +4. Lots of birdies being made out there. Unfortunately, there are an awful lot of bogeys, too...


    Former world number one David Duval: The best way to describe the greens are by comparing them to the worn out mats at the driving range. Same speed and firmness.

  154. 1330: 

    Garcia with a mishit at 13 and his ball dribbles off the front of the green. Snedeker bends in an eagle putt at nine and is now three over, only six off the lead. The Firth of Forth is beginning to boil and foam, these boys can't get off the course quick enough.

  155. 1327: 

    Can all golfers please go back to using hand-sewn, leather golf balls stuffed with goose feathers? Thanks. Garcia makes that birdie putt at 12, moves to three under for his round three over for the tournament, good to see him playing well.


    Matt Watts: Can all golfers please go back wearing proper golf shoes. Hate these woeful boat shoes

    Jack100%: So why don't the Open players wear shorts then?

    Mrs Westwood

    Sports agent Chubby Chandler: "Mrs Westwood sewing a competitor's trousers up!! Which one?"

  158. 1322: 

    Amateur Jimmy Mullen in with a 75 for +11, that's some Open debut by the kid from Bideford. Good back story, as well, here's a nice piece the Daily Mail wrote about him. And we have a video clip of his super chip on the 15th for those of you in the UK.

    Freddie Couples with an absolute peach into the 17th, the old fella can still whack it with the best of them. Garcia looking to put dropped shot at 11 behind him, here he is with a sweet wedge into the 12th, birdie chance.

  159. 1319: 

    Phil Mickelson, on one over and teeing off at 13:45 BST, talking to BBC Sport: "It's a totally different golf course than we saw in practice, with the opposite wind. You have to make 30, 40, 50-footers to make birdies here."

  160. 1316: 

    Ernie for birdie at 13 - dead weight, expires on the edge of the cliff and topples over. The defending champion moves to +5, eight off the lead. KJ Choi, that old faithful major campaigner, is in with a 71 for +10 overall. Garcia works a miracle out of the sand at 11 - literally, his ball lands and somehow bounces backwards. Not sure why, but he doesn't look too pleased about it and promptly misses his par putt.

  161. 1310: 

    Ernie Els all over the flag at the 154-yard 13th, he's stiffed that to within 10 feet. Sergio at 11, waggle, waggle, pushes it into a bunker... McDowell for birdie at four, from about 20 feet, and he doesn't borrow enough.

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    Neil Taylor: Do the caddie's coloured bibs have any significance?

    Christopher Clarke: Nice to see Sergio playing some top golf after a couple of testing years.

  163. 1306: 
    Sergio Garcia

    Sergio on 11 and he sweeps one down there with a three wood, just into the first cut. Bjorn back to +4 courtesy of a birdie at eight, defending champion Els pops in a short one for birdie at 12 and he's now six over.


    Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, on four over, talking to BBC Sport: "I'm going to go execute the same gameplan that I did yesterday. This is obviously a tricky golf course. It's been a tough two days of golf. Three under par has been leading so what's the winning score going to be? About four or five under?

  165. 1303: 

    Garcia putting from long range at 10 and he's drained a monster for his fourth birdie of the round and three over for the week. If the leaders get a card-wrecking wind then Garcia might still be in it heading into Sunday.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Best caddie advice overheard so far goes to KJ Choi's bagman on the 18th. 'Hit a good shot'. To be fair, it worked because he did.

    "And in a nice South Korean double, brightest strides in show today goes to ex US PGA champ YE Yang, with some stunning fluoro green numbers."

  167. 1301: 

    McDowell drops to +5 after a bogey at three and here's one of two Welshmen to make the cut, Jamie Donaldson, with his second shot out of the rough on one - and what a shot it was... the old wind getting up...

  168. 1259: 

    Garcia into the 10th, taking a divot the size of Kent, and he's safely on in two. The Spaniard playing some handy golf. Kevin Streelman of the United States drills home a long birdie putt at two and is now five off the lead. Streelman, out of Chicago via Arizona, won in Tampa Bay in March.

  169. 1259: 

    -3 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 1520 tee time

    -2 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 1520, Lee Westwood (Eng) 1510, Tiger Woods (US) 1510, Dustin Johnson (US) 1500

    -1 Martin Laird (Sco) 1500, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 1450, Zach Johnson (US) 1450, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1440

    SELECTED +4 Graeme McDowell (NI) after 2 +5 Thomas Bjorn (Den) after 6; Sergio Garcia (Spa) after 8

    +7 * Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) after 12, Ernie Els (SA) after 10; +8 Sandy Lyle (Sco) after 8; +9 Padraig Harrington (Ire) after 9; +10 * Jimmy Mullen (Eng) after 16

    * denotes amateur

    Keep up to date with the latest via our pop-up leaderboard and check the latest tee times on the BBC Sport website.

  170. 1254: 

    Muirfield is known to produce great champions and the cream has certainly risen to the top this week - major champions, winners of world championship events and Ryder Cuppers everywhere you look in the top 30 or 40 and any one of them can win. Brandt Snedeker curls in a long birdie putt at six - that's two in a row - to get back to five over.

  171. 1249: 

    Ernie, shaking himself down before playing his approach to the 11th, like a big dog just out of a lake, and that's a decent effort. Garcia for birdie at nine and he makes it disappear - the Spaniard back to +4.

  172. 1247: 

    The great American Walter Hagan had already won three Open titles when he showed his brilliance once again in the final Open of the 1920s. Hagan defended his title in grand fashion, winning by six shots from fellow countryman Johnny Farrell. Percy Alliss, father of veteran commentator Peter, led after one round.

    Read more on The Open Championship website.

    Henry Cotton and Walter Hagen
  173. 1245: 

    The much-maligned Ben Curtis, champion in 2003, gets one away at the first. I say much-maligned because people think of him as a one-hit wonder but he's actually been a pretty decent performer on the PGA Tour since then, although with some downs to go with the ups.

  174. 1243: 

    Garcia at nine, trying to reach the green in two. Finishes just short, although the flag is only just hugging the front of the dancefloor. McDowell with a big left-to-righter on two, leaves it a couple of feet short. Paul Lawrie in with a 70, left rueing that awful first-round 81.

  175. 1240: 

    WHAT A SCORE! Nineteen-year-old Devon amateur Jimmy Mullen splashes in at 15 from an awkward stance. Good job that hit the stick, it would have finished about 50 feet past.

  176. 1236: 

    Garcia drops a shot at eight, three putts from long range, to fall back to five over and eight off the lead. McDowell thrashes a drive down the second and here's 1999 champion Paul Lawrie playing into the 18th, he's one under for today. News reaches me that Lawrie was halfway home to Aberdeenshire last night and had to turn his car round on hearing he had made the cut.

  177. 1230: 

    YE Yang sinks a bunker escape at seven! The former US PGA champion, the man who stared down Tiger and won, back to six over. Defending champion Els makes birdie at nine, turns in 36 blows, he's six over. Bjorn gets that shot back he dropped at four, back to +4 he goes.

  178. 1227: 

    Matt Kuchar nicks a birdie at the par-four third, moves to +4. Here's McDowell with his second into one... bit heavy-handed, although he got a cruel second bounce - there'll be a fair few of those today.

  179. 1223: 

    Bourdy punches one down the first with an iron, McDowell follows him down there with a pinged hybrid. A colleague tells me he's just backed Charl Schwartzel at 25-1, which seem like vertiginous odds given the former Masters champion is only five off the lead.

  180. 1220: 

    Double bogey for Thomas Bjorn at the par-three-fourth, he drops back to +5 and eight off the lead. Ernie Els with a crackerjack second into the par-five ninth, long-ranger for eagle. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell about to tee off with France's Gregory Bourdy, both men four over...

  181. 1215: 

    Sergio Garcia trying to convince us that he's not out of this thing yet - birdies at two and six and he's four over for the tournament. Broiling heat in Scotland, I'm told it's hot enough to poach an egg in Miguel Angel Jimenez's cigar box.

  182. 1211: 

    Ted Ray's only Open success came in glorious fashion 101 years ago, as he won by four shots from Harry Vardon. Ray was a very recognisable figure - he usually wore a trilby hat, and was permanently seen smoking a pipe.

    Read more on The Open Championship website.

    Three-time Open winner Sir Nick Faldo, BBC Sport

    "If the breeze gets up it's going to be difficult. With the leaders out later on in the toughest of conditions, they could be just -1 by the end of the day. There's no respite out there at all."

  184. 1209: 

    Many thanks Aimee Lewis, this is Dirs. Ben. For the next few hours. There are scores to be made on another glorious day on the East Lothian coast - Thomas Bjorn is out of the block fast, two under after three, Japan's Shingo Katayama is in with a two-under 69. Todd Hamilton, champion in 2004, is rolling back the years, he's two under through 16. That said, they're forecasting wind for the leaders...

  185. 1208: 
    MUIRFIELD OPENS - 1901 & 1906

    Fife-born James Braid picked up the trophy five times in a 10-year period - the first of those in 1901. Braid was five shots clear going into the final round, and he could afford to be cautious on the final day, with an 80 enough for the win.

    In 1906, Braid successfully defended the title he had won at St Andrews 12 months earlier, winning the third of his five Opens. Braid was two shots behind J H Taylor going into the final round, but a 73 was enough to secure victory by four shots.

  186. 1202: 

    Yes, as Rob suggests, Harrington and Garcia aren't the closest of pals. A double bogey for Harrington on the fourth means the Spaniard has had the better of the day so far. Garcia birdied the second to dip into the red for the round.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Warming up nicely out here, except for the Harrington & Garcia match where there is an icy chill in the air. Chit chat 0, frosty silence 1. Their relationship issues stem from Harrington's play-off win over the Spaniard in the 2007 Open at Carnoustie and perhaps from before that. Harrington once said they have "zero in common, bar the fact that we both play golf. He is the antithesis of me, and I am the antithesis of him."

  188. 1156: 

    Paul Lawrie's card is awash with red - birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th ensure the Scot (+6 overall) is -2 for the round and currently tied for 51st spot. Ernie Else a smidgeon long with his putt on the seventh and he's dropped a shot. His compatriot Richard Sterne is enjoying a more fruitful round, four birdies to his name and the South African (+5 overall) is three under for the day.

  189. 1151: 

    -3 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 1520 tee time

    -2 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 1520, Lee Westwood (Eng) 1510, Tiger Woods (US) 1510, Dustin Johnson (US) 1500

    -1 Martin Laird (Sco) 1500, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 1450, Zach Johnson (US) 1450, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1440

    SELECTED +4 Thomas Bjorn (Den) after 1; +5 Ernie Els (SA) after 5, Sergio Garcia (Spa) after 4

    +6 Paul Lawrie (Sco) after 14; +7 * Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) after 7; +8 Padraig Harrington (Ire) after 4; +10 * Jimmy Mullen (Eng) after 11

    * denotes amateur

    Keep up to date with the latest via our pop-up leaderboard and check the latest tee times on the BBC Sport website.

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    Luke Brewin: Nick Faldo coming across as a top chap.

    Bruce Harley: Could listen to Sir Nick all day

    Glynn Taylor: Nick Faldo telling it how it is about Rory! All True!!

    Nick Faldo, BBC Sport

    Prior to the tournament, Sir Nick urged world number two Rory McIlroy to focus on golf and avoid distractions. Now that the world number two has missed the cut, the three-time Open winner has more thoughts on the riddle that is Rory.

    "Six months down the line Rory is still tinkering, trying to find the right driver and putter," Faldo says on BBC One. "And he's also mixed in other things, like the business side of things.

    "Take it from me, you've only got a limited window as an athlete. The priority now should be playing more golf, working his way through this. He should have gone and played somewhere else before the Open. His clubs were the first step that changed his confidence and now he's got a lot going on and every decision that's being made is being critiqued because he was world number one."

  192. 1141: 

    "What's wrong with Rory McIlroy?" asks Rob Hodgetts after the 24-year-old missed the cut to heap more misery on his young shoulders. "The bounce of the boy has been replaced by the melancholy of the man," writes Rob.

  193. 1137: 

    Paul Lawrie drops a shot on the 13th, while Jimmy Mullen adds another bogey to his card after negotiating the 10th in fifth shots. A birdie for Sergio Garcia on the second and joy for Jason Dufner on the seventh, too.

  194. 1130: 

    Right then, time to continue our series on the history of the Open at Muirfield. Make yourselves comfortable, we're about to reminisce about 1896... Let's begin. Harry Vardon has won more Open Championships than anyone else, with six titles to his name. The first came at Muirfield in 1896 when he won a 36-hole play-off against J.H. Taylor. That's all I have to say about 1896. Time to move on...

  195. 1126: 

    Another birdie for Paul Lawrie! The Scot needed just three shots on the par-four 12th which means he leaps to -2 for the round. Amateur Jimmy Mullen birdies the ninth to go out in 39, while Fred Couples has dropped a shot on the seventh. Old silver fox is now +9 for the tournament.

  196. 1122:  
    Nick Faldo, BBC Sport

    More from Sir Nicholas Faldo, this time on Tiger Woods: "Tiger looks buoyant, he's got a good spring. His start yesterday showed he looks good. He's pulling off some good golf shots and his putter is working very well. He's not driving, not even hitting a driver up five. You don't have to force anything out of this golf course. The fact he can two iron it around here, which is what he did at Hoylake, will be his plan. He needn't be aggressive, and he can be sensible."

  197. 1118: 
    Nick Faldo

    Nick Faldo on BBC One: "Putting is the number one thing. That's the final touch and you have to believe it as well, not just want it. Technically it's got to be right because as the pressure mounts you can't get tension in your grip.

    "Westwood is flowing, doing it so much better. It all depends on the tension in the hands as the weekend goes on. He's got to want it, have that determination.

    "Lee is being helped by the way the course is playing, not having to drive so often. He can rely in two irons, three woods. Landing golf balls on the spot means you have to have real belief. He's got to trust himself.

    "I think it'll come down to the last six holes and there will be some nasty moments. Balls will start to wander off because of the tension. We will have a few dramas."

  198. 1115: 

    Three-time Open champion Sir Nick Faldo is chatting to Hazel Irvine on BBC One. Faldo, who won twice at Muirfield, missed the cut after rounds of 79 and 78 but said he enjoyed the experience, and who wouldn't.

    Hazel Irvine and Sir Nick Faldo in the BBC studio

    Will this be his last Open? "Quite possibly," he said. "I've got two years to work on the dreaded putter. I had my last walk up with Tom Watson. I'm glad I did it despite some advice from my mum.

    "There were a couple of great scenes and I hit a few good shots, but I wouldn't recommend testing new clubs on a glass golf course. There were a couple of times when I was fearful."

  199. 1112: 

    There has been no early charge from the underdogs, with a fiery Muirfield continuing to test and traumatise the world's best. American Boo Weekley holed from 15ft for an eagle on the fifth, but only after a double-bogey six at the third, while Sweden's Carl Pettersson chipped in for an eagle on the sixth after a double-bogey on the fourth.

  200. 1108: 
    Paul Lawrie

    Former champion Paul Lawrie thought he had no chance of making the cut when he finished his second round on eight over around 1330 BST on Friday. How wrong he was. He drove home to Aberdeen only to be told hours later by his son that he was in for the weekend. Lawrie, the last Scot to win the Open, has birdied the 11th and that 300-mile round trip has been worthwhile. He's -1 for the day.

  201. 1104:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Never one to simply bash balls down the range when there is an off-the-wall drill to be had, Padraig Harrington was practising hitting his driver with a yellow ball strapped under his left foot. After a few he switched the ball to his right foot. Bound to be some lengthy explanation. Other classics from the Harrington repertoire include the football between the arms, the stretchy band around the right knee (fixed to a point behind him), and the one-handed driver. With either hand. The ball still goes a country mile. And who can forget the iconic Happy Gilmore run-up-and-smash-it drive."

  202. 1058: 

    Two more players appear on the first and they are Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington. Garcia, wearing a lilac top, finds a patch of lush green from the tee which shouldn't prove to be too much of an obstacle, while Harrington is in the heart of the fairway. Elsewhere, Gareth Wright has had better days - a double bogey followed by three successive bogeys leaves the Welshman +5 for the day and 12 shots over for the tournament.

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    Exchange Horses: Very pleased to see young amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick made the cut in the Open!

    Richard Acklam: Really want @WestwoodLee to take a stride towards a major today. Deserves it as much as anyone

    Alex Turner: Putting my bets on Tiger to take a storming lead today, he's overdue one of his brilliant rounds.

  204. 1052:  

    Put off cutting the grass, delay the shopping and forget the boring weekend chores - it's A Question of Sport quiz time...

    Miguel Angel Jimenez is at the top of the Open leaderboard, but which four other Spaniards are in the world's top 100?

  205. 1048: 

    Two amateurs are competing for the silver medal and one of them, Jimmy Mullen, is on the sixth and the lanky 19-year-old from Devon has dropped two shots to fall +11 overall - five shots behind his amateur rival Matthew Fitzpatrick, who has birdied the second to move to +6 for the tournament.

  206. 1041: 
    Fans arrive at the Open

    Ticket holders are continuing to gradually make their way through the turnstiles. Those not yet within sniffing distance have missed defending champion Ernie Els begin his third round. The Big Easy's 15ft birdie chance drifts wide of the pin, though, and he will have to make do with a par on the first. A birdie on the ninth for Paul Lawrie and he's out in 36.

  207. 1037: 

    Look lively, history lesson alert. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers have hosted the Open on 15 previous occasions and as, ahem, some of you may remember, the first of those was held 121 years ago. Indeed, it was the first Open to be played over 72 holes. English amateur Harold Hilton claimed the title, with rounds of 78, 81, 72 and 74. Stand by for more lessons in Muirfield's Open history.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Padraig Harrington has a yellow ball strapped under his left foot as he practises with his driver. Bound to be a lengthy explanation for it."

  209. 1027: 

    South Africa's Richard Sterne and his playing partner Shingo Katayama are the first pair through the front nine, which isn't a surprise considering they were the first to tee off. Three birdies for Japan's Katayama (+6 overall) means he's out in 34, while Sterne (+7 overall) enjoyed birdies on the fifth and seventh to complete the first nine in 35 shots.

  210. 1023:  
    Former European Ryder Cup captain Mark James, BBC Sport

    "The course is maybe slightly gnarlier than some, but it's pretty fair and you have to have your tactics right and play well. Look at the leaderboard - I don't think more cream could come to the top in a gallon of milk."

  211. 1017:  
    Peter Alliss, BBC Sport commentator

    "You've got to keep it straight. The further you drive the narrower the fairway becomes. For every hole you've got to have a strategy. This is the oldest championship - this is the way, originally, 90% of golf was played and that's the situation."

  212. 1010: 

    Yes, Lee Westwood is in contention to win the 142nd edition of the Open Championship in a year in which the big prizes have been won by those unaccustomed to such success. The Englishman birdied six of the first 12 holes, ending with the joint-best score of the second round to finish -2 overall. "It's playing tough out there," said the man from Worksop. "It's about not making too many mistakes and having a lot of patience."

  213. 1000: 
    Live now

    Hazel Irvine and friends have started broadcasting LIVE from Muirfield and, as you probably know, you can watch events unfold on BBC One. We have already been treated to pictures of Jimenez's idiosyncratic warm-up routine and, now, Dan Walker is talking about the Wizard of Worksop...

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    Jason Brown: Solid round needed from @WestwoodLee Gotta stay in contention! Expecting Mickelson to make a move too.

    Adam McMenamin: 3rd round of the open, let's go tiger!

    Boys on scoreboard 1: Lawrie & Ogilvy thru the 1st green, first couple with some big crowds following. They will need a miracle to have a chance 2moro

  215. 0956:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "The changes in conditions yesterday, with a new wind direction and different pin positions, meant the hardest hole switched from the 447-yard par-four first in round one to the 448-yard par-four 15th in round two. With the wind switching to the east that meant the 15th, with its tricky 'camel back' green, was downwind.

    "The second hardest hole on Thursday was the 475-yard par-four 14th. On Friday, it was a tie between Ian Poulter's mate the par-four eighth and the par-four sixth.

    "Easiest hole was the par-five fifth in round one - par-five ninth, with the wall running down the left, in round two."

  216. 0950: 

    When the going got tough in East Lothian on the opening day, Ian Poulter started talking about clowns and windmills. The Englishman's ire has since cooled and all Poulter now asks is for organisers to be "sensible" with pin positions over the weekend.

    "When the ball is running as fast as it's running and as firm as the fairways are short of the greens, it's really difficult to predict how far the ball is going to roll," said Poulter, +1 at the halfway stage.

    "It's brutally difficult to get it anywhere near a range where you feel comfortable having a go at a putt from 15,20, 40ft."

    Ian Poulter
  217. 0944:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Golf stats fans, you're going to love this. I've been crunching numbers while you've been crunching cornflakes. Here's the tale of the tape for the top five ahead of round three.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez: Driving distance - 283 yds (tied 54th); Fairways hit - 18 of 28 (tied 28th); Greens in reg - 21 of 36 (tied 59th); Putts 55 (tied 1st)

    Henrik Stenson: Driving distance - 286.25 yds (tied 45th); Fairways hit - 23 of 28 (tied 2nd); Greens in reg - 29 of 36 (2nd); Putts - 62 (33rd)

    Tiger Woods: Driving distance - 269 yds (80th); Fairways hit - 21 of 28 (tied 9th); Greens in reg - 24 of 36 (tied 23rd); Putts - 57 (tied 4th)

    Lee Westwood: Driving distance - 292.25 yds (tied 25th); Fairways hit - 13 of 28 (tied 73rd); Greens in reg - 21 of 36 (tied 59th); Putts - 55 (tied 1st)

    Dustin Johnson: Driving distance - 306.75 yds (4th); Fairways hit - 17 of 28 (tied 33rd); Greens in reg - 28 of 36 (tied 4th); Putts - 64 (tied 54th)

  218. 0940: 

    It's the darkest of the dark horses, the also-rans, the improbable winners who are testing themselves on Muirfield this morning. Geoff Ogilvy is suffering on the links, bogeys on the opening two holes, while former Open winner Paul Lawrie also dropped a shot on the first. A mixed start for Sweden's Carl Petterson - a bogey, double bogey, birdie and eagle in the opening six holes. Blimey.

  219. 0930: 

    A sprinkling of players are already out on the course but here's a selection of the tee times which may, or may not, interest you:

    10:35 Ernie Els (SA), Graham Delaet (Can)

    10:55 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Padraig Harrington (Ire)

    12:10 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Eduardo De La Riva (Spa)

    12:55 Shiv Kapur (Ind), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)

    13:55 Ian Poulter (Eng), Bubba Watson (US)

    14:20 Adam Scott (Aus), Charl Schwartzel (SA)

    15:00 Martin Laird (Sco), Dustin Johnson (US)

    15:10 Tiger Woods (US), Lee Westwood (Eng)

    15:20 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)

  220. 0923:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Muirfield

    "Morning, team. Welcome to a cloudy Muirfield, and you're welcome to it. I've demanded the sun back and that will apparently be granted a little bit later, though it won't be quite the scorchio we 'usually' get up here. Wind is from the east or north-east again, so same direction as Friday, inching up to a not quite hair-parting 10mph with the occasional toupee topping 15mph gust. Strap yourself in."

  221. 0918: 

    With age comes wisdom, so they say, and Jimenez has offered us all an insight into how to negotiate a brutal 18-hole course. "Enjoy yourself, what you do in life - that's the secret - that's what I'm doing," he said.

    "I'm going to hit some balls, I'm going to have a nice cigar, have dinner with my girlfriend and with my sons and when the sun comes up tomorrow I will deal with everything."

  222. 0910: 

    "Sometimes you say maybe it's too many years, but you're wrong," said 49-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez after setting the pace at the halfway stage. The quirky Spaniard shot a level-par 71 to sneak a shot ahead of a group of four players on -2. A chasing pack, I should add, which includes Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood.

  223. 0900: 

    Many a lesson has been learnt over the opening two rounds on a firm and ferocious Muirfield course, but perhaps the greatest of them all has been to never tell a fortysomething Spaniard, a man setting his sights on becoming golf's oldest major winner, that he is getting on a bit.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez

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