Five to watch: Round 3
Five players to watch out for during round three of The Open
Sergio Garcia (-5)
Is he destined to be the eternal Open bridesmaid? The Spaniard crumbled in the face of Tiger Woods' onslaught at Hoylake in 2006, was left devastated when he let the 2007 Open Championship slip from his grasp and was second to Rory McIlroy 12 months ago.
But there was a restrained determination about the way he took advantage of good fortune on 17 last night to make birdie – and he immediately followed it with another birdie on the last.
The Open galleries adore the 35-year-old and he loves them too. “I feel like I'm in a decent spot,” he said after finishing on five-under-par. “I'm very satisfied about that.”
Marc Warren (-7)
When he collected three quick victories early in his professional career the Scot's peers took note and had him pegged down as a man who wasn't afraid of lofty positions on the leaderboard. But it actually took him another seven years to win again, that elusive victory coming in Denmark last summer.
This is only his third Open Championship appearance and he is yet to finish in the top 30, but he has a strong links game and was tied fourth in last week's Scottish Open at Gullane.
Playing in the penultimate pairing alongside fellow Scot, Paul Lawrie, is bound to be an emotional affair, but could it be inspirational?
Charl Schwartzel (-5)
In his first five Open appearances the 2011 Masters champion missed the cut four times. In his last five Open appearances he has finished in the top 20 five times. It's a neat split for a golfer who wears neat clothes and has a neat game.
His finish in a tie for seventh 12 months ago in Hoylake was his best Open to date and he has an excellent opportunity to better it this week.
Troubled by his swing over the last year or so, he found form in the US Open, finishing seventh, and he made more birdies (12) than anyone in the field in the first two rounds.
Zach Johnson (-7)
When the 39-year-old 11-time PGA Tour winner failed to make the weekend at his first three Opens he might easily have been ranked amongst the Americans who cannot fathom links golf. Far from it.
“I love this tournament, I love the game over here,” he said after posting rounds of 66-71. “If I play well that's the icing on the cake, because I embrace the week. It's just tremendous golf. This is pure.”
His lack of length from the tee is widely thought to be a disadvantage over The Old Course, but they said that of Augusta in 2007 and Johnson confounded them all by laying up on every par-five and still slipping his arms in a green jacket at the end of the week.
Anirban Lahiri (-5)
2015 has been a breakthrough year for the 28-year-old Indian. Already a four-time Asian Tour winner, he took a step up in class by claiming the European Tour's Malaysian and Indian Opens.
He's chasing a little bit of glory for his home country this week because the record high finish by an Indian is tied 27TH, achieved by Jyoti Randhawa in 2004 at Troon. He's also got Jeev Milkha Singh's tied ninth at the 2009 PGA Championship in his sights – the best Major Championship finish by an Indian.