The Open Championship R3

Louis Oosthuizen takes one shot lead into the final day at Royal St George's

Open Championship 2021 R3
July 15-18
Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent
$11,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Open Championship 2021 R3 - Louis Oosthuizen takes one shot lead into the final day at Royal St George's
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Louis Oosthuizen kept hold of the lead at 12-under heading into the final day in spite of struggling on the back nine at Royal St George’s.

He made two birdies on the front nine to make the turn in 33 but bogeyed the 11th and 13th holes before firing a final birdie at the 16th to stay one shot ahead of Collin Morikawa.


Open Championship 2021 R3

“I was definitely not swinging it freely today, I was all over the place with iron shots and it felt like I kept it together at the end there,” said Oosthuizen.

“I’m very excited, it is a great position. I need to play well tomorrow and see if I can get rid of those loose swings.


Open Championship 2021 R3

“You need to believe that you can lift the trophy as well and if you think about it beforehand that you might win this championship, I think that’s great, and you have to believe you can do it.

“Finishing second isn’t great, so I will play my heart out tomorrow and see if I can lift the Claret Jug again.”


Open Championship 2021 R3

Should Oosthuizen win on Sunday he would become the first wire-to-wire Major winner since Dustin Johnson at the 2020 Masters and the first at The Open since Rory McIlroy in 2014.

Morikawa lost some ground with two bogeys in his first five holes but back-to-back birdies at the 7th and 8th got him back on track. He made two more birdies on the back nine to reach 11-under.


Open Championship 2021 R3

“I’ve never been in the position all the previous other times. To be honest, you build a game plan and we see what we need to do all the way the tournament and I stick to it. That is exactly what I am going to try and do tomorrow.

“Obviously being in a final round at a major is different, but I’m going to try and keep it as similar as possible to every other tournament I’ve played.

“I think the biggest thing I can draw from the PGA is just knowing I can get it done. But I think confidence just comes from hitting good shots, quality shots, seeing putts go in. There is a lot to draw from, especially this week.

“I don’t have much experience on links golf, and pretty much all the highlights in my head are from this week. Thankfully there is quite a few. Hopefully we can just use that momentum from the first three days and just bring it into the last 18. It’s going to be a grueling 18, but I look forward to it.”


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Open Championship 2021 R3

Jordan Spieth got off to a great start with four birdies and a bogey on the front nine, tying with Oosthuizen for the lead. He fired one more birdie at the 10th, bogeyed the 11th and closed his round with back-to-back bogeys for a 69 and solo third place at 9-under.

Corey Conners made four birdies on the back nine for a 66 share fourth place at 8-under with Scottie Scheffler (69).

Open Championship 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Louis Oosthuizen
-12
64
65
69
198
2
Collin Morikawa
-11
67
64
68
199
3
Jordan Spieth
-9
65
67
69
201
T4
Corey Conners
-8
68
68
66
202
T4
Scottie Scheffler
-8
67
66
69
202
T6
Dylan Frittelli
-7
66
67
70
203
T6
Mackenzie Hughes
-7
66
69
68
203
T6
Jon Rahm
-7
71
64
68
203
T9
Justin Harding
-6
67
67
70
204
T9
Marcel Siem
-6
67
67
70
204
T9
Cameron Smith
-6
69
67
68
204
T12
Daniel Berger
-5
70
67
68
205
T12
Paul Casey
-5
68
67
70
205
T12
Shane Lowry
-5
71
65
69
205
T12
Webb Simpson
-5
66
72
67
205
T12
Kevin Streelman
-5
70
69
66
205
T12
Andy Sullivan
-5
67
67
71
205
T18
Joel Dahmen
-4
69
68
69
206
T18
Emiliano Grillo
-4
70
64
72
206
T18
Dustin Johnson
-4
68
65
73
206
T18
Jason Kokrak
-4
70
70
66
206
T18
Robert MacIntyre
-4
72
69
65
206
T18
Cameron Tringale
-4
69
66
71
206
T18
Danny Willett
-4
67
69
70
206
T25
Matt Fitzpatrick
-3
71
69
67
207
T25
Ryan Fox
-3
68
68
71
207
T25
Lanto Griffin
-3
69
70
68
207
T25
Brian Harman
-3
65
71
71
207
T25
Brooks Koepka
-3
69
66
72
207
T25
Aaron Rai
-3
70
69
68
207
T25
Justin Rose
-3
67
70
70
207
T25
Matt Wallace
-3
70
68
69
207
T33
Dean Burmester
-2
70
67
71
208
T33
Tony Finau
-2
70
66
72
208
T33
Tommy Fleetwood
-2
67
71
70
208
T33
Talor Gooch
-2
69
72
67
208
T33
Viktor Hovland
-2
68
71
69
208
T33
Antoine Rozner
-2
70
71
67
208
T33
Brandt Snedeker
-2
68
68
72
208
T33
Daniel van Tonder
-2
68
66
74
208
T41
Sam Horsfield
-1
70
70
69
209
T41
Rory McIlroy
-1
70
70
69
209
T41
Ian Poulter
-1
72
66
71
209
T44
Byeong Hun An
E
67
70
73
210
T44
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
E
68
72
70
210
T44
Sergio Garcia
E
68
69
73
210
T44
Max Homa
E
70
69
71
210
T44
Matthias Schmid (a)
E
74
65
71
210
T44
Jack Senior
E
67
71
72
210
T44
Justin Thomas
E
72
67
71
210
T44
Johannes Veerman
E
70
68
72
210
T44
Lee Westwood
E
71
67
72
210
T53
Abraham Ancer
+1
69
71
71
211
T53
Marcus Armitage
+1
69
72
70
211
T53
Benjamin Hebert
+1
66
74
71
211
T53
Jonathan Thomson
+1
71
67
73
211
T53
Bernd Wiesberger
+1
71
70
70
211
T58
Harris English
+2
75
65
72
212
T58
Billy Horschel
+2
70
69
73
212
T58
Joaquin Niemann
+2
69
70
73
212
T58
Chez Reavie
+2
72
66
74
212
T58
Xander Schauffele
+2
69
71
72
212
T58
Adam Scott
+2
73
66
73
212
T64
Richard Bland
+3
70
70
73
213
T64
Bryson DeChambeau
+3
71
70
72
213
T64
Padraig Harrington
+3
72
68
73
213
T64
Jazz Janewattananond
+3
70
69
74
213
T64
Chan Kim
+3
70
69
74
213
T64
Ryosuke Kinoshita
+3
72
69
72
213
T64
JC Ritchie
+3
71
70
72
213
T71
Yuxin Lin (a)
+5
69
72
74
215
T71
Brendan Steele
+5
73
68
74
215
T73
Sam Burns
+6
71
69
76
216
T73
Rickie Fowler
+6
69
72
75
216
T75
Kevin Kisner
+7
70
69
78
217
T75
Richard Mansell
+7
72
69
76
217
T75
Poom Saksansin
+7
73
68
76
217
CUT
Keegan Bradley
+2
71
71
142
CUT
Jorge Campillo
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Russell Henley
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Takumi Kanaya
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Martin Kaymer
+2
74
68
142
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
+2
69
73
142
CUT
Chris Kirk
+2
68
74
142
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
+2
71
71
142
CUT
Marc Leishman
+2
75
67
142
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
+2
69
73
142
CUT
Francesco Molinari
+2
68
74
142
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
+2
73
69
142
CUT
Ryutaro Nagano
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Ryan Palmer
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Victor Perez
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
+2
71
71
142
CUT
Harold Varner III
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Jimmy Walker
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Rafa Cabrera Bello
+3
70
73
143
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
+3
74
69
143
CUT
Stewart Cink
+3
66
77
143
CUT
Branden Grace
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
+3
70
73
143
CUT
Daniel Hillier
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Charley Hoffman
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Matt Jones
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Min Woo Lee
+3
74
69
143
CUT
Troy Merritt
+3
73
70
143
CUT
Shaun Norris
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Patrick Reed
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Matthias Schwab
+3
71
72
143
CUT
Laird Shepherd (a)
+3
74
69
143
CUT
Brendon Todd
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Gary Woodland
+3
73
70
143
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
+3
69
74
143
CUT
John Catlin
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Ricardo Celia
+4
72
72
144
CUT
Ernie Els
+4
72
72
144
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+4
71
73
144
CUT
Adam Hadwin
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Richard T. Lee
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Haotong Li
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Keith Mitchell
+4
68
76
144
CUT
Jason Scrivener
+4
73
71
144
CUT
Jason Day
+5
75
70
145
CUT
Lucas Glover
+5
75
70
145
CUT
Brad Kennedy
+5
71
74
145
CUT
Alex Noren
+5
74
71
145
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
+5
75
70
145
CUT
Darren Clarke
+6
71
75
146
CUT
Thomas Detry
+6
72
74
146
CUT
Cole Hammer (a)
+6
75
71
146
CUT
Rikuya Hoshino
+6
74
72
146
CUT
Matt Kuchar
+6
74
72
146
CUT
Joe Long (a)
+6
73
73
146
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
+7
68
79
147
CUT
Sam Bairstow (a)
+7
75
72
147
CUT
Christoffer Bring (a)
+7
72
75
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
+7
74
73
147
CUT
Joost Luiten
+7
76
71
147
CUT
C.T. Pan
+7
71
76
147
CUT
Garrick Higgo
+8
73
75
148
CUT
Nicholas Poppleton
+8
75
73
148
CUT
Paul Waring
+8
72
76
148
CUT
Abel Gallegos (a)
+9
73
76
149
CUT
Ben Hutchinson
+9
77
72
149
CUT
Adam Long
+9
72
77
149
CUT
Aaron Pike
+9
74
75
149
CUT
Marcel Schneider
+9
73
76
149
CUT
Sam Forgan
+10
73
77
150
CUT
Connor Worsdall
+10
77
73
150
CUT
Phil Mickelson
+12
80
72
152
CUT
Daniel Croft
+14
76
78
154
CUT
Yuki Inamori
+16
75
81
156
CUT
Deyen Lawson
+17
80
77
157
W/D
Will Zalatoris
-1
69
69