Day 3 at CARNOUSTIE
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Justin Rose: The Englishman made just three birdies in the first 36 holes and needed a long putt on the 18th hole Friday just to make the cut. But no one took advantage of Saturday’s calm conditions like Rose, who played bogey-free from the third group out and shot 7-under 64. It was his lowest score at the British Open by two shots.
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Luke List: Began the day in red numbers but tumbled 55 spots down the leaderboard after a 6-over 77 that included a 40 on the front nine. List managed three birdies but also carded two double bogeys.
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Rickie Fowler: The fan favorite opened with two birdies in four holes and was one shot out of the lead with the par-5 No. 6 up next. That turned out to be his undoing. Fowler pulled his tee shot out of bounds. He sent his next shot from the tee 40 yards to the right, and wound up making a triple-bogey 8. That wasn’t his only mistake. He made three more bogeys, including on the 18th, and that offset the eagle he made on the par-5 14th. It added to a 73 — only Pat Perez (74) had a higher score among the last 14 players to tee off Saturday.
Keir McNicoll, a pro shop worker at Carnoustie, played in the day’s first group as a non-scoring marker with Gavin Green. It was hardly a day off. McNicoll finished the round, put his clubs away and clocked in for the afternoon shift. He’s tried to qualify for the British Open a half-dozen times, making it to the second stage last year. But the closest he’s come to actually playing was in 2005 when he caddied for Eric Ramsay at St. Andrews. On Saturday, the 34-year-old finally heard his name called on the first tee. “I got emotional,” he said. “It was obviously too much. Had I qualified here, I don’t know what that would have been.”
• Seven of the top 12 players on the leaderboard are seeking their first major championship.
• After one bogey-free round through the first two days of the British Open, there were 10 on Saturday.
• Seven of co-leader Jordan Spieth’s last eight rounds in the British Open have been in the 60s.
Par-5, 513-yard No. 14: Played nearly a full stroke under par, with as many eagles (11) as pars on Saturday. There were 53 birdies, 20 more than any other hole.
TWEET of the day
I can’t say I’ve ever been so excited for @TigerWoods before. If he can pull this off it would be “stuff dreams are made of” #Respect #GOAT
— European Tour golfer and American Ryder Cup nemesis Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter).
Quote of the day
“No one was yelling at me while I was putting. It’s cool with me.”
— Co-leader Xander Schauffele, who played with Rory McIlroy and endured big — but polite — crowds.
A tight leaderboard chock full of big names? Jordan vs. Tiger? Winds that could gust to 25 mph? Yes, please. Ch. 11 has coverage at 6 a.m.