TROON, Scotland — The third round at the 2016 British Open began at 8:25 a.m. local time, with the young South African Haydn Porteous playing alone. Leader Phil Mickelson was able to sleep in, as were his fans back in the United States.
If that’s you, you’re in luck. Here’s everything that happened while you were snoozing.
SPIETH FIZZLES ON BACK 9
Jordan Spieth started hot, erasing his first two days of ho-hum golf with four birdies in his first seven holes. Those were his last birdies of the day, however, as Spieth gave back five strokes the rest of the way. In the end, he signed for a 72 and his 10th consecutive major round without breaking par.
PORTEOUS SHOOTS ROUND OF DAY (SO FAR)
Porteous, who held the first round lead for a few moments after getting to six under on Thursday, went out early and shot the round of the day, with a 3-under 68. With seven birdies on his third-round card, his mark would have been even better if not for a double bogey on the final hole.
JASON DAY STARTS HOT
The No. 1 player in the world posted a 32 on the front nine, nearly driving the green on holes 1 and 7. Day made four birdies on the front, but made bogey on two of the first three holes on the back nine. He currently sits at 1-under for the event.
WIZARDS ARE OUT AT TROON
The British Open is no stranger to coordinated outfits. A group of wizards strolled about the course, wearing blue robes, white beards and sneakers. You couldn’t miss them.
BUBBA FOUND THE TRACKS AGAIN
After flying his drive on the par-4 11th over the train tracks Friday afternoon, Bubba Watson did the same thing again Saturday, only this time it was with an iron and on his approach shot.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2016