Louis Oosthuizen, Collin Morikawa, and Jordan Spieth Sit Atop The Open Leaderboard

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Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, England — July 17, 2021

Sandwich, England is becoming the ideal summer vacation spot for the British Isles. For the 3rd day in a row sunshine and the lack of wind have allowed the world’s best professional golfers to capitalize on the playing conditions to post record low scores in The Open golf championship. However, greenskeepers added some teeth to the course with some difficult pin placements.

“Moving Day” saw players climbing up and sliding down the leaderboard. With the 3rd Round complete, eight players are within five strokes of the lead still held by Louis Oosthuizen at 12 under par. With 1 round left to play, 43 of the 77 golfers still competing held scores under par.

Oosthuizen Still in the Lead

After recording only one bogey in his first 45 holes, Oosthuizen carded two on the back nine today. Three birdies on his round allowed him to lower his tournament total to 12 under.

Louis Oosthuizen / Getty Images

Collin Morikawa closed to within a stroke of the lead at -11, despite making bogey on two of the first five holes. Back-to-back birdies on 7 and 8, as well as 13 and 14, and Collin will again play with Louis during tomorrow’s final round.

Louis Oosthuizen and Collin Morikawa will be the final twosome during Round 4 at The Open / Getty Images

Jordan Spieth(-9) and Corey Conners(-8) will have a chance to put some pressure on the Top 2 as they tee off in the next-to-last pairing. John Rahm is tied for 6th at 7 under par, if his name rises to the top of the leaderboard early the anxiety of those in the chase will certainly intensify.

Robert MacIntyre earned the honor of shooting the low round of the day posting a 65 to move to 4 under par for the tournament.

Blowing Up

Dustin Johnson went from contender to pretender with a 3rd Round score of 73, likely taking him out of contention for the win on Sunday.

Brooks Koepka’s 2 over par 72 ended his run at the Claret Jug, he sits at -3, nine strokes out of the lead. Rory McIlroy finally got into red numbers with a 69 that followed two rounds of even-par 70. Unfortunately, too little and too late to be in contention.

The Claret Jug goes to the winner of The Open golf championship / Getty Images

Sergio Garcia moved in the opposite direction. His 3-over score of 73 left him at even par heading into the final round. Bryson DeChambeau still does not have a round in red numbers, following his scores of 71 and 70 with a 72 on Saturday for a tournament total of 3 over par.

Highlights

Full Leaderboard After 3 Rounds of the 149th Open Championship

Position Player To Par Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1 Louis Oosthuizen -12 64 65 69 198
2 Collin Morikawa -11 67 64 68 199
3 Jordan Spieth -9 65 67 69 201
T4 Corey Conners -8 68 68 66 202
T4 Scottie Scheffler -8 67 66 69 202
T6 Mackenzie Hughes -7 66 69 68 203
T6 Jon Rahm -7 71 64 68 203
T6 Dylan Frittelli -7 66 67 70 203
T9 Cameron Smith -6 69 67 68 204
T9 Marcel Siem -6 67 67 70 204
T9 Justin Harding -6 67 67 70 204
T12 Kevin Streelman -5 70 69 66 205
T12 Webb Simpson -5 66 72 67 205
T12 Daniel Berger -5 70 67 68 205
T12 Shane Lowry -5 71 65 69 205
T12 Paul Casey -5 68 67 70 205
T12 Andy Sullivan -5 67 67 71 205
T18 Robert MacIntyre -4 72 69 65 206
T18 Jason Kokrak -4 70 70 66 206
T18 Joel Dahmen -4 69 68 69 206
T18 Danny Willett -4 67 69 70 206
T18 Cameron Tringale -4 69 66 71 206
T18 Emiliano Grillo -4 70 64 72 206
T18 Dustin Johnson -4 68 65 73 206
T25 Matthew Fitzpatrick -3 71 69 67 207
T25 Aaron Rai -3 70 69 68 207
T25 Lanto Griffin -3 69 70 68 207
T25 Matt Wallace -3 70 68 69 207
T25 Justin Rose -3 67 70 70 207
T25 Brian Harman -3 65 71 71 207
T25 Ryan Fox -3 68 68 71 207
T25 Brooks Koepka -3 69 66 72 207
T33 Talor Gooch -2 69 72 67 208
T33 Antoine Rozner -2 70 71 67 208
T33 Viktor Hovland -2 68 71 69 208
T33 Tommy Fleetwood -2 67 71 70 208
T33 Dean Burmester -2 70 67 71 208
T33 Brandt Snedeker -2 68 68 72 208
T33 Tony Finau -2 70 66 72 208
T33 Daniel Van Tonder -2 68 66 74 208
T41 Sam Horsfield -1 70 70 69 209
T41 Rory McIlroy -1 70 70 69 209
T41 Ian Poulter -1 72 66 71 209
T44 Christiaan Bezuidenhout E 68 72 70 210
T44 Max Homa E 70 69 71 210
T44 Matthias Schmid E 74 65 71 210
T44 Justin Thomas E 72 67 71 210
T44 Lee Westwood E 71 67 72 210
T44 Jack Senior E 67 71 72 210
T44 Johannes Veerman E 70 68 72 210
T44 Byeong Hun An E 67 70 73 210
T44 Sergio Garcia E 68 69 73 210
T53 Marcus Armitage 1 69 72 70 211
T53 Bernd Wiesberger 1 71 70 70 211
T53 Abraham Ancer 1 69 71 71 211
T53 Benjamin Hebert 1 66 74 71 211
T53 Jonathan Thomson 1 71 67 73 211
T58 Xander Schauffele 2 69 71 72 212
T58 Harris English 2 75 65 72 212
T58 Adam Scott 2 73 66 73 212
T58 Billy Horschel 2 70 69 73 212
T58 Joaquin Niemann 2 69 70 73 212
T58 Chez Reavie 2 72 66 74 212
T64 Bryson DeChambeau 3 71 70 72 213
T64 JC Ritchie 3 71 70 72 213
T64 Ryosuke Kinoshita 3 72 69 72 213
T64 Richard Bland 3 70 70 73 213
T64 Padraig Harrington 3 72 68 73 213
T64 Chan Kim 3 70 69 74 213
T64 Jazz Janewattananond 3 70 69 74 213
T71 Brendan Steele 5 73 68 74 215
T71 Yuxin Lin 5 69 72 74 215
T73 Rickie Fowler 6 69 72 75 216
T73 Sam Burns 6 71 69 76 216
T75 Poom Saksansin 7 73 68 76 217
T75 Richard Mansell 7 72 69 76 217
T75 Kevin Kisner 7 70 69 78 217