Inside the Numbers: Keys to Round 3 at St. Andrews
Ideal conditions led to a flurry of low scores on Sunday. Here’s a look inside the numbers from the third round of the British Open.
Paul Dunne is the first amateur to start the final round of the British Open with a share of the lead since Bobby Jones in 1927. The last amateur to hold the lead going into the final round of any major was Jim Simons at the 1971 U.S. Open. He shot a final round 76 and finished T-5, three shots short of the playoff. The last amateur to be in contention going into the final round of the British was Justin Rose in 1998, who was T-4 going into Sunday and posted a 69—including a chip in on the final hole—to finish T-4.
Since posting a first round 77 at Chambers Bay, Louis Oosthuizen has played his next six major rounds at 23 under par with scores of 66-66-67 at the U.S. Open and 67-70-67 at St. Andrews. Oosthuizen was 15 under after 54 holes in 2010, and added a 71 on Sunday for a final winning score of 16 under par.
Dustin Johnson’s 75 in the third round marks his fifth disappointing Sunday in a major. The streak started at the 2010 U.S. Open, which he led going into the final round before shooting 82 and finishing T-8. Two months later at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Johnson was tied for the lead and headed for a playoff before TV-replays revealed that he had grounded his club in a hazard on the 72nd hole, a two stroke penalty that pushed him back to T-5. At the 2011 British, Johnson went into the final round in 2nd place and grabbed the lead before going OB on 14 and bogeying 18 to finish three shots back of Darren Clarke. Of course, we all know what happened to DJ on Sunday at Chambers Bay, and now yesterday’s round pushed him from the top of the leader board to T-18, five shots off the pace.
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Monday marked the first time this year that neither Jordan Spieth nor Dustin Johnson had a share of the lead at the completion of a round at a major. Spieth led wire to wire at the Masters. At the U.S. Open, Johnson was co-leader with Henrik Stenson after the 1st round, Spieth was the 2nd round co-leader with Patrick Reed and Spieth, Johnson, Braden Grace and Jason Day were 3rd round co-leaders, with Spieth pulling away on Sunday. At the British, Johnson was the 1st and 2nd round leader, bringing their shared total to 10 consecutive rounds. Of course, Jason Day is now poised to start a streak of his own, heading into Monday’sround with a share of the lead in his second consecutive major.