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The Open: Ian Poulter angered by 'disappointing' third round at Royal Birkdale

23 Juillet 2017

That's good news for Spieth and Kuchar, who are scheduled to tee off in the final twosome at 2:30 p.m. local time. Spieth was 9 under through 13, while Kuchar was 7 under, three ahead of the nearest contender, Grace.

Johnny Miller shot the first of 31 63s in the majors in the final round to win the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont. The soon-to-be 24 year old looks destined to win his third major championship. With only Matt Kuchar within five strokes, Spieth will have as good a chance as ever to win a major. Kuchar stayed with him, making four birdies against a bogey on the front.

Following Kucher into the bunker from his tee shot on the 17 however, the grin was quickly wiped off Spieth's face as his opponent closed the lead to just two again.

Rory McIlroy, who won the Open at Royal Liverpool in 2014, had an uneven performance Saturday, with five birdies, two bogeys, and a double-bogey. But McIlroy made a double bogey on the 10th hole and was at 1 under.

When it comes to who the home crowd will probably be putting their money on heading into the weekend, look no further than Ian Poulter at 15/1. And suddenly Spieth (65) led not by one, but by three, at 11-under 199.

He fashioned an eventful one-under-par 69 to climb to six under for the tournament.

Kuchar's second straight birdie on the third hole moved him to 6 under for the tournament, tied with Jordan Spieth.

He grabbed another birdie at the fifth where his putt for an eagle two after he drove the green came up just short, but then gave away shots at the seventh and eighth holes before he got his fourth birdie of the day at the ninth.

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The 2014 champion and four-time major victor surged to within three shots of the lead with a front nine three-under 31, having slipped 10 behind through six holes of his first round. When it was all over, McIlroy shot 68 and skipped into the clubhouse at 1-under. Kuchar will have to post a very low score on Sunday, which is possible, but I don't expect Spieth to stay put.

But for a period of time on Saturday, it appeared that the once-left-for-dead Rory McIlroy had risen into contention - and we were rolling toward a big-time Sunday showdown between the game's two biggest names we as the public might not deserve.

After rallying with four back-nine birdies in an opening 71, the Northern Irishman immediately picked up from where he left off to storm into red numbers. The four-time major champion had the proverbial smoke emitting from his ears. "If you keep it in play, it's nearly hard to make a bogey out there, you know?" He said sometimes it helps not to know records. "My goal is to go out and play Royal Birkdale", said the giant Florida-born Kuchar, whose best finish at a major to date is tied third at the Masters in 2012.

Also out on the course on -4 was Richard Bland.

He didn't seem rattled by the record-setting round, but he said after the round that Saturday's low scores added to the pressure of contending at a major championship.

More than half the field broke par.

He only realized the significance when the final putt dropped and his caddie Zack Rasego, who won the Open with Louis Oosthuizen in 2010, rushed up to congratulate him.

Players had to not only battle the course at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club during the second round of the Open Championship on Friday, but the elements as well. He continues to do it and you'll still see him do it. "And even though I had missed quite a few putts from that range, and I had a lot of them today, that one just felt good looking at it".