Jul
17
2010
Your Third Round British Open Thread
By Merf under British Open

The leader board after the second round of the British Open was shaping up to be an interesting one — on one condition. Lodewicus Thoedorus Oosthuizen — who didn’t even make the cut in this year’s first two majors — had to come back to the field. The 27-year-old South African bogeyed the first hole, but he’s righted the ship since, draining a no-brainer for birdie on the 16th hole to improve to 2-under on the day and 14-under for the championship. Hard to catch him if he’s gonna make putts like that.

Mark Calcavecchia came back down to earth, as he started the day in second place five strokes back at 7-under, but he opened with three straight bogeys and a quadruple-bogey 9 on the fifth hole. (To his credit, he’s made three straight birdies on the back nine to get to 3-under for the championship.)

The one guy to go out and chase Oosthuizen has been Paul Casey, who went out in 5-under 31, and hasn’t made a bogey through 16 holes. He trails Oosthuizen by three. It’s looking like a two-horse race at the moment.

If the top two guys do stumble, then the championship would be wide open. Martin Kaymer shot a 68 to get into move into third place at 8-under, while Henrick Stenson tied a Saturday low with his 67 to get to 7-under. Spain’s Alejandro Canizares is 7-under through 17.

Dustin Johnson is the low American at 6-under after a 69, tied for sixth with Lee Westwood. Johnson’s U.S. Open foe Graeme McDowell stumbled from 5-under to 1-under after a 76.

Rory Mclroy bounced back from his 80 with a 69 to get back to 4-under, while Tiger Woods had 35 putts on his way to a 1-over 73 to fall to 3-under. Phil Mickelson shot 70 to get into red numbers (2-under), and Rickie Fowler continues to rally from his opening 79, shooting 71 move up to 1-over. John Daly is even after a 74. He’s made three birdies in the last two days after seven in the first 11 holes.

Can Oosthuizen finish the deal? Who has the best chance to catch him?

[AP Photo/Peter Morrison]