British Open 2015: Sunday Morning at the Open While You Were Sleeping

July 19, 2015

If you spent your Sunday sleeping in, you’re in luck. We have you covered. There was some rain—but finally no delays—and a lot of birdies at the Old Course. One former Open champ even made a move up the leaderboard.

Here’s a recap of what happened this morning during the third round of the Open.

David Duval is Partying Like It’s 2001

Even though two back-nine bogeys slowed his momentum, David Duval capitalized on the ripe scoring conditions on Sunday morning. He made the cut on the number after posting 72-72 in his first two rounds, then, as the first group in the third round, he went out in 32 on the back of four birdies. He closed with a 67 to vault inside the top-20. Since winning the 2001 British Open, Duval has missed eight cuts and has two DNPs in the Open. His round today was his lowest at an Open Championship since the Sunday he won in 2001. He’s currently ranked No. 1,268 in the World Rankings. 

Phil Being Phil

Lefty opened his British Open with rounds of 70-72, but he opened his third round by inexplicably driving his tee shot into the burn that cuts through the hole. He would bogey to drop a shot, then fought back with a birdies on Nos. 3 and 5. On a day like today, bogeys are double bogeys, and Phil can’t afford any more.

Birdies Are Everywhere

The Old Course is indefensible if the conditions are benign, as they are this Sunday morning. Graeme McDowell dropped eight birdies in his round but also carded two double bogeys to shoot 70. Jim Furyk drained six birdies. Hunter Mahan did as well. Marc Leishman flirted with the major-scoring record of 62 after reaching 8-under through 16. Rickie Fowler jumped in the mix and reached 7-under to vault onto the front page of the leaderboard. At one point, the bottom fell out, and rain came out of nowhere to further soften the course. As usual, the winds could pick up and create havoc in an instant, but the morning wave got to play a soft and easy course.

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