Louis Oosthuizen is the 54-hole leader of The Open after crossing the back nine in Royal St. George’s hung.
Oosthuizen made an 8-foot birdie on the 16th hole on Saturday and a long two-hole pair on the lock pit for a 69. It gives him a 1-shot lead Collin Morikawa go to the final round.
Jordan Spieth was tied with the lead until he hit a bad wedge in the 17th for bogey and then shockingly missed a 2-foot par-set on the 18th. He had to be content with a 69 and is 3 strokes behind.
Oosthuizen has been a runner-up for the past two majors and will be his first major since the Open in St. Andrews tried to win in 2010. If Oosthuizen can clinch the victory, he will join Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods according to ESPN Stats & Information as the only players to lead wire-to-wire at The Open for the past 30 years.
Morikawa was 4 shots behind when he stepped off the 10th green. That’s right when Oosthuizen starts to get scratched with his swing. He drops shots on the 11th and 13th holes and fails to bird the par-5 14th, but makes a wonderful save on the 15th.
After Morikawa started badly with two bogeys in the first five holes, he was rogue-free the rest of the way and shot 68.
Eight players are separated by 5 strokes. This includes the US Open champion Jon Rahm, who made a point of 15 feet on the last hole for a 68 and is 5 behind. Rahm closed strongly in the majors this year and shot 14 under par in the final round – according to ESPN Stats & Information the third best point in a single year in the Masters era (since 1945).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.