After 36 holes at St. Andrews, it seemed like Dustin Johnson was going to be the biggest obstacle between Jordan Spieth and the third leg of the Grand Slam. But after Sunday’s third round -- which saw Johnson tumble down the leaderboard and several others vault to the top -- Spieth may have even more formidable foes.
Spieth trails Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen and Irish amateur Paul Dunne by one shot and will play alongside Day in Monday’s final round. Day is arguably hungrier for a major victory than any other player in contention, while Oosthuizen has the experience of a past British Open victory at St. Andrews to lean on. Dunne, like Spieth, is trying to make history.
There are 25 players within five shots of the lead after three rounds. At the U.S. Open there were 14 and at the Masters only three. According to SportsBook.ag, Spieth is now 2/1 to win despite trailing by one, with Day and Oosthuizen at 3/1 and Dunne at 15/1.
Spieth is clearly the player to beat. He’s felt more pressure this season than anyone, having converted 54-hole leads at the Masters and U.S. Open into victories. Starting the final round behind players like Day and Oosthuizen means Spieth faces perhaps his toughest test yet.