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Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Open Championship - Round 3

The Open Championship has come into focus with Lee Westwood carrying a two-stroke lead over Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan, while Adam Scott trails by only three.

It's rare that I look back, especially during the course of a tournament, but this one has largely followed the script set out in our early-week previews as well as the season's trend.

  • We said in our preview that there were two players that fit the historic and perfect mold of a champion for The Open at Muirfield. They were Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy. Ogilvy didn't warrant much attention due to form, but Scott surely did.
  • We also have a trend of elite players finally picking off their first majors this season, with Scott and Justin Rose turning the trick. Westy and Mahan fit very neatly into that group. In fact, it wouldn't be a stretch for either of those guys to eventually wind up in the Hall of Fame (another must for Muirfield) with a win this week. 
  • And then there's Woods. He's in the argument for GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), so that works at Muirfield. 
  • Scott, Woods and Westwood all cracked our top 10, with Scott ranking first.
  • Mahan was mentioned in the group of others I really liked.

So what does that mean for the final round?

  • We know Woods has never won a major when trailing, but that doesn't seem to make his chances all that much smaller tomorrow.
  • We haven't mentioned this yet, but how about the crowded threesome of Woods, Scott and Stevie Williams?
  • Mahan played terribly down the stretch at Merion with a chance to win. You get the feeling that will mean he either credits that "learning experience" in his victory speech tomorrow or he falls apart again. Good luck guessing which is the case. 
  • If you are like me, you have a tough call in Yahoo! tomorrow about rather to burn one of your last starts on Woods in the final round tomorrow. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do. What I do know is that Dustin Johnson and Ernie Els are in the lineup. I'm also going Adam Scott over Lee Westwood, but if you haven't already burned both of them, make sure you do. Bonus point will go to a guy on the bench as long as you've played him once during the week.
Should be a fun final round!

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