Sandwich (UK) (AFP)
A bad day for Rory McIlroy, who on Saturday missed any realistic prospect of adding a fifth “big” to his record, was the news of the third day of the British Open, as South African Louis Oosthuizen continues to lead the rankings forward. By Americans Colin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth.
About 32,000 spectators were able to attend the 149th edition of the golf tournament on Saturday, despite a spike in Covid-19 cases in England.
Although he started well with five birds in the nine holes in the round trip which allowed him to start the round with four less than par, McIlroy wasted his good start with several erratic drives and many missed strokes on holes 11, 13 and 15, Ending one day below par (70).
Louis Oosthuizen, who finished 12th under par on Saturday, was a six-times runner-up in the “Big”, after his only victory at the British Open in St Andrews in 2010. The 38-year-old South African could face match day . Sunday with optimism after collecting 69 cards on Saturday.
His 129-stroke card in the first two days was the best in the history of the tournament on Friday, which takes place this weekend in sunny weather at Royal St George in Sandwich, in Kent (southeast).
John Ram is sixth, with an average of 7, and is likely to become the second Spanish golfer to win the most prestigious tournament after Severiano Ballesteros.
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