The Senior Open R3

Broadhurst back in contention for second Senior Open crown

July 25-28
Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Lytham, England
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Paul Broadhurst will take a one stroke lead into the final round of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at Royal Lytham & St Annes as he bids for his second victory in Europe’s only Senior Major Championship.

The Senior Open R3 - Broadhurst back in contention for second Senior Open crown
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The Englishman carded a three under par 67 in tough conditions for a five under total and holds the 54-hole lead at a Senior Major for the second time this season after leading the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill in May.

“I’ve got to take some confidence out of the way I played today. You know, if you are leading the tournament, it’s the biggest tournament we play nowadays. I’m leading and I’ve got to take confidence from that. I’m under no illusions; it will be a tough day tomorrow, especially if it’s like this, so I’ll just continue what I did today.”

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Broadhurst, who shared the lead after Thursday’s first round, has fond memories of Royal Lytham & St Annes having won the Lytham Trophy and the Silver Medal as an amateur at The Open on this course in 1988 and led The 1996 Open after 18 holes. He will tee off tomorrow in search of his third Senior Major Championship since turning 50 in 2015.

“I have great memories of playing here, I won the Lytham Trophy as an amateur, I won the Silver Medal in The Open the same year. I led The Open in ’96 after one, and Tom Lehman won. I’ve had some really good memories at Lytham, so yeah, it would mean an awful lot.”

He is one stroke ahead of America’s Woody Austin who took sole ownership of second place after closing birdies on two of his last three holes.

“I think I played pretty solid for 13 holes. I think I played five holes pretty timid and let the elements get to me a little bit – I tried to play too conservative.

“It’s a tough golf course. You’ve got a lot of bunkers to miss and a lot of spots to keep the ball in play. I overthought it too much with the rain and how hard it is in the rain, and so I just did a better job the last nine holes of just being aggressive and staying with it. It worked out.”

Countrymen Ken Duke and Wes Short Jr share third place on three under par, while ten-time Senior Major Champion Bernhard Langer, Australia’s David McKenzie and the Welsh pair of Stephen Dodd and Phillip Price are fifth on two under.

Paul Eales carded the low round of the day, a four under par 66 to move up 40 places into a share of ninth with 2011 Champion Golfer of the Year Darren Clarke and American Tim Petrovic.


Shortly after completing his third round, five-time Champion Golfer of the Year and three-time Senior Open winner Tom Watson announced that this will be his final competitive appearance in the United Kingdom. His historic final round will commence at 09:35.

“I’ve thought quite long and hard about the decision I’ve made. It has to do with really a pretty sensible assessment of how I play the game now.

“I don’t have the tools in the toolbox. I’ve mentioned that before, that sometimes you lose the tools in the toolbox. I just don’t have enough tools in the toolbox to really compete successfully.

“I’m declaring now that this is my last Senior Open Championship. I’ve had a good career playing professional golf all these years. I’ve run across so many fine people who have helped me and supported me. First of all, my wife who is battling cancer now. It’s going to give me some time to go out and compete with her.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
BROADHURST Paul
ENG
-5
67
71
67
205
2
AUSTIN Woody
USA
-4
68
70
68
206
3
DUKE Ken
USA
-3
68
69
70
207
3
SHORT JR Wes
USA
-3
67
67
73
207
5
DODD Stephen
WAL
-2
71
68
69
208
5
LANGER Bernhard
GER
-2
71
67
70
208
5
MCKENZIE David
AUS
-2
70
70
68
208
5
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-2
71
67
70
208
9
CLARKE Darren
NIR
-1
68
68
73
209
9
EALES Paul
ENG
-1
74
69
66
209
9
PETROVIC Tim
USA
-1
74
68
67
209
12
BRYANT Bart
USA
0
69
68
73
210
12
DUNLAP Scott
USA
0
67
68
75
210
12
KELLY Jerry
USA
0
73
66
71
210
12
MICHEEL Shaun
USA
0
71
72
67
210
12
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
0
72
69
69
210
17
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
1
68
73
70
211
17
BARRON Doug
USA
1
69
69
73
211
17
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
1
70
68
73
211
17
GOOSEN Retief
RSA
1
70
67
74
211
17
LAWRIE Paul
SCO
1
70
69
72
211
17
MONTGOMERIE Colin
SCO
1
68
70
73
211
23
FROST David
RSA
2
72
67
73
212
23
LEANEY Stephen
AUS
2
73
66
73
212
23
MCNULTY Mark
IRL
2
73
67
72
212
23
OLSEN Dan
USA
2
70
72
70
212
27
BAKER Peter
ENG
3
69
73
71
213
27
FUNK Fred
USA
3
69
72
72
213
27
JIMÉNEZ Miguel Ángel
ESP
3
71
68
74
213
27
LEVET Thomas
FRA
3
74
68
71
213
27
OKUDA Seiki
JPN
3
72
72
69
213
27
PRIDE Dicky
USA
3
71
68
74
213
27
SLUMAN Jeff
USA
3
73
70
70
213
27
WOOSNAM Ian
WAL
3
72
72
69
213
35
AMES Stephen
CAN
4
74
69
71
214
35
EDLUND Dennis
SWE
4
73
70
71
214
35
GILLIS Tom
USA
4
68
73
73
214
35
LEHMAN Tom
USA
4
70
70
74
214
35
MARKSAENG Prayad
THA
4
72
73
69
214
35
MAYFAIR Billy
USA
4
73
69
72
214
35
MCGINLEY Paul
IRL
4
73
69
72
214
35
PAREL Scott
USA
4
67
71
76
214
35
PERNICE Tom
USA
4
73
71
70
214
35
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
4
70
75
69
214
35
WIRATCHANT Thaworn
THA
4
74
71
69
214
46
ARCHBOLD Paul
AUS
5
70
70
75
215
46
BROWN Simon P
ENG
5
71
70
74
215
46
COUPLES Fred
USA
5
73
67
75
215
46
DURANT Joe
USA
5
73
71
71
215
46
ESTES Bob
USA
5
70
71
74
215
46
HART Dudley
USA
5
74
69
72
215
46
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
5
70
75
70
215
46
STREETER Paul
ENG
5
72
71
72
215
46
TOLEDO Esteban
MEX
5
71
70
74
215
55
ANDRADE Billy
USA
6
73
71
72
216
55
DAY Glen
USA
6
72
69
75
216
55
DIMARCO Chris
USA
6
76
66
74
216
55
HENDERSHOTT Dennis
CAN
6
71
74
71
216
55
KINGSTON James
RSA
6
75
70
71
216
55
LANE Barry
ENG
6
73
69
74
216
55
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
6
74
71
71
216
55
O’MALLEY Peter
AUS
6
72
70
74
216
55
TANIGAWA Ken
USA
6
74
71
71
216
55
WATSON Tom
USA
6
74
70
72
216
55
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
6
74
69
73
216
66
BOSSERT André
SUI
7
72
67
78
217
66
GILBERT Gibby
USA
7
72
71
74
217
66
SCOTT Peter
ENG
7
70
75
72
217
69
CLARK II Michael
USA
8
74
69
75
218
69
DENNIS Clark
USA
8
72
69
77
218
69
GILFORD David
ENG
8
73
72
73
218
69
MORLAND IV David
CAN
8
71
70
77
218
73
ELLIOTT (AM) Gene
USA
9
75
68
76
219
73
FOWLER Peter
AUS
9
72
70
77
219
73
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
9
74
68
77
219
76
ORR Gary
SCO
10
74
70
76
220
76
SPENCE Jamie
ENG
10
71
73
76
220
78
GOODES Mike
USA
12
74
71
77
222
78
MAY Bob
USA
12
72
72
78
222
80
KELBRICK (AM) Steven
ENG
13
76
69
78
223