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Jul 19, 2015

Golf-Spieth makes his move, Dunne steals Open limelight

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 19 (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth surged through a gridlocked British Open leaderboard as a third straight major title loomed large but he had to share the spotlight with Irish amateur Paul Dunne at St Andrews after a remarkable day’s action on Sunday.

The 21-year-old American, bidding to become the first man to win the year’s first three majors since Ben Hogan in 1953, began the delayed third round in the chasing pack and lost ground early on but he stormed home with a seven-birdie, six-under 66 for an 11-under total, one off the lead.

Jul 19, 2015

Oosthuizen rekindling love affair with St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Louis Oosthuizen wishes the British Open could be played at St Andrews every year and he is probably not alone after 36 players went sub-70 in Sunday’s third round.

But the South African has even more reason to love the Old Course after a stunning seven-stroke triumph five years ago at the spiritual home of golf.

Jul 19, 2015

Golf-Spieth birdie blitz gives him joint lead at Open

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 19 (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth roared up the British Open leaderboard in ominous fashion with a burst of birdies helping the American catch leader Dustin Johnson on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, bidding to become the first man to win the first three majors of the year since Ben Hogan in 1953, began the delayed third round at five-under but the putts began to disappear on a perfect day for low scoring.

Jul 19, 2015

Golf-Leishman threatens record score as Open hots up

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 19 (Reuters) – Calm returned to St Andrews after the weather-related mayhem of the first two rounds with a birdie buffet fuelling a burst of low-scoring in the belated British Open third round on Sunday.

Australian Marc Leishman helped himself to eight birdies in an eight-under par 64 to move within a stroke of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson while England’s Eddie Pepperell briefly shared the lead before driving out of bounds at the 17th.

Jul 19, 2015

McDowell says St Andrews needs a tweak to toughen it up

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Graeme McDowell says the St Andrews Old Course might need some tweaks to protect it against the modern-day big hitters after a third-round birdie feast at the British Open on Sunday.

With the high winds of Saturday, that forced the third round to be delayed a day, replaced by a gentle breeze and greens and fairways soft and lush, 2010 U.S. Open champion McDowell fired eight birdies, although two double-bogeys ruined his card.

Jul 19, 2015

Furyk leads surge of major champs at British Open

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Calm returned to St Andrews but a clutch of major champions stormed up the British Open leaderboard in perfect scoring conditions as the belated third round got under way on Sunday.

American Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion produced a flawless six-under 66, to surge into contention, four shots adrift of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson who starts later.

Jul 18, 2015

Fans take refuge in St Andrews’ favorite ’19th hole’

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Sheena Willoughby has served countless thirsty fans at five British Opens since taking the keys to the Dunvegan Hotel 21 years ago.

But the Scot has never seen a day like Saturday.

After strong winds had stopped play early in the morning, the thousands who’d flooded in to this ancient Scottish town had little more to do than share golfing tales over a ‘wee dram’.

Jul 18, 2015

Leader Johnson holds firm at wind-lashed Open

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – More than 24 hours after Dustin Johnson began his second round at the wind-lashed British Open he ended it still on top of the leaderboard on Saturday with Jordan Spieth trailing by five shots in a tournament that will now run into a fifth day.

With the wild Scottish weather showing scant regard for the world’s oldest major, Johnson finally completed the third installment of his round to card a three-under 69.

Jul 18, 2015

Spieth five off the pace and ready to chase down Johnson

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American Jordan Spieth believes he will have to shoot 10-under par for his last two rounds at windswept St Andrews to keep his British Open hopes alive.

The 21-year-old Texan, attempting to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the year’s first three majors, is five shots behind compatriot Dustin Johnson on five-under after a level-par 72 second round that took more than 24 hours to complete.

Jul 18, 2015

Golf-Fans take refuge in St Andrews’ favourite ’19th hole’

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 (Reuters) – Sheena Willoughby has served countless thirsty fans at five British Opens since taking the keys to the Dunvegan Hotel 21 years ago.

But the Scot has never seen a day like Saturday.

After strong winds had stopped play early in the morning, the thousands who’d flooded in to this ancient Scottish town had little more to do than share golfing tales over a ‘wee dram’.