Five things to look out for on Moving Day at The Open
It’s the day when everything can change. Expect the unexpected and maybe a leaderboard with more questions than answers on Sunday morning.
Moving Day – time to get moving
Saturday's third round is traditionally the day for a big charge – just ask Ian Baker-Finch, the Champion Golfer of the Year at Royal Birkdale in 1991.
Coming into the third round, the Australian was six shots behind a trio of leaders but fired a brilliant 64 to move into a share of the final-round lead. Another 66 on the final day and he won by two shots – his place in history secured.
All of which will be heartening to anyone within a handful of shots of the leaders - including four former winners all six shots back - Louis Oosthuizen and Stewart Cink (off together at 12.55pm), Phil Mickelson (1.05pm) and Tiger Woods (1.15pm).
Nothing fires up the crowd quite like those guys on the charge and this place could start rocking if they post some early red numbers.
Gun to tape for Kisner?
Leading The Open from start to finish is quite rare, Jordan Spieth did it last year at Royal Birkdale, sharing the lead with Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar after 18 holes but leading outright in every round that followed.
In the last ten years it has happened only twice, Rory McIlroy the other golfer to achieve the feat at Royal Liverpool in 2014.
American Kevin Kisner, seeking his first major victory, will be looking to change that trend.
Leading after 54 holes is not necessarily a good thing …
Sergio Garcia led through the opening three rounds at Carnoustie in 2007 but ultimately lost to Padraig Harrington in a play-off.
Eight years before that we all know what happened to 54-hole leader Jean Van de Velde, overhauled dramatically by Paul Lawrie, who started the day ten shots behind.
Indeed the record of third-round leaders winning the Claret Jug at Carnoustie is not good - only one golfer has done it and that just happened to be the legendary Ben Hogan in 1953. In 1975 Bobby Cole led but Tom Watson won, while Gary Player came from two shots back to overhaul 54-hole leader Billy Casper in 1968.
Going back to 1937 and spare a thought for Reg Whitcombe, Henry Cotton was seven shots back at the start of the fourth round but came through to win.
Argentina’s Jose Jurado led in 1931, the first Open here, but lost by a single shot to Tommy Arbour.
Will the wait continue for an English winner?
Much has been made of the fact an English golfer hasn't won The Open since Sir Nick Faldo in 1992. Tommy Fleetwood is just a shot back from the lead after shooting the lowest round of the week here on Friday, a six-under-par 65. He also holds the course record, a 63.
Also lurking is Danny Willett, who is looking set for his best major finish since winning The Masters in 2016, having missed the cut in his last three major tournaments.
Weather watching ….
Some tough pin positions out there but the weather conditions suggest that someone could go low. Steve Stricker shot a 64 in the third round here in 2007, which is the joint Open course record, held with Richard Green, who posted his score one day later.
Wind is set pretty consistent all day and the sun is promising to make an appearance for the later starters. Weather watchers will be interested that Sunday will see the breeze pick up to around 16mph
when the top players tee-off, the morning is looking better in comparison - so the key today will be just to stay in touch.
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