Tune in at 8:00 AM ET on Saturday for third round coverage of the Open Championship. Ryan Kelly will be liveblogging for your enjoyment.
Hello and welcome to ScoreMobile's ongoing coverage of the PGA Tour. Today we present third round coverage of the 141st Open Championship from Royal Lytham and St Annes in England.
Through 36 holes the pace has been set by Brandt Snedeker who's 2 round total of 130 (-10) tied the 36 hole Championship scoring record. He's trailed closely by Adam Scott (-9) who was the leader heading into round 2 and Tiger Woods, who pulled with 4 of the lead after holing-out from the bunker for a closing birdie yesterday.
@buckeye Tiger is off with Thorbjorn Olesen at 10:10 AM ET.
The weather forecast today calls for much of the same as the last two days -- relatively calm, with little to no wind.
Tomorrow the wind is supposed to kick up however, so for players that started the day a few shots off the pace it's imperative for them to move into position to contend today.
55 players are either on course or have completed their rounds and only 10 players are under par on the day, no one lower than -2.
The round of the day so far was turned in by Keegan Bradley. The reigning PGA Champion had bogeys on the 3rd and 6th holes before a run of 4 straight birdies from the 7th to 10th holes propelled him to a 2-under 68.
Joost Luiten is the only other player so far to complete a round under par at -1. Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland both turned Level par rounds of 70.
World number 2 Rory McIlroy has been going the wrong direction today, as he currently sits at +4 on the day through 13 and +6 for the championship.
McIlroy's opening 9 holes on Thursday had 2 birdies and no bogeys. Since then 6 birdies, 2 double bogeys and 10 bogeys.
On 5 occasions during his PGA Tour career, Brandt Snedeker has held the 36 hole lead. While his worst finish is a T8, he's never closed from that position.
If you're looking for a little more about Thorbjorn Olesen, he won in Italy earlier this year and also had top 10s in Abu Dhabi, India and Spain.
Tiger Woods has arrived at Royal Lytham and St Annes to prepare for his tee time about an hour and 35 minutes from now.
Par 5 7th - After hitting an iron off the tee -- much to the dismay of the gallery -- which effectively took going for the green in two off the table, Bubba Watson hits a sub-par approach shot and has about 30-35-feet for birdie. While he the strokes the putt well, it just stays out to the left.
Vijay Singh just turned in the second round of 2-under 68 to get to Level par for the championship. Matthew Baldwin -- currently playing the 18th -- could be the third to card a round of 68. Still nothing lower out there.
@Attwood, Rick (GE Energy)... Kind of. Neither Adam Scott nor Thomas Aiken would play in the Ryder Cup, but I see your point.
Stats round up: Brandt Snedeker. Fairways 17/28, Greens 31/36, putts per hole 1.61.
Adam Scott. Fairways 21/28, Greens 26/36, Putts per green 1.56.
Tigers Woods. Fairways 26/28, Greens 29/36, Putts per green 1.61.
Thorbjorn Olesen. Fairways 22/28, Greens 26/36, putts per green 1.56.
Interesting that most sportsbooks still don't have Brandt Snedeker as the favorite. Mostly seeing Tiger and Scott at 3-1, with Snedeker at 4-1 or 5-1.
Of the group at -4, bookies have most faith in Graeme McDowell (14-1) and least in Thomas Aiken (40-1).
Others at -4. Jason Dufner (16-1), Matt Kuchar (16-1), Paul Lawrie (25-1).
Thorbjorn Olesen, despite being at -5, is 28-1.
It seems that Jason Dufner's regular caddie, Kevin Baile, is sick today. As a result, Sergio Garcia's looper Gary Matthews will be on the bag.
Just throwing this out there: if Jason Dufner goes on to win, how does he distribute winning to his caddies? 2.5 per cent of the purse per day worked?
In his last 3 majors, the results of Jason Dufner: 2, T24, T4.
Par 4 3rd - Kyle Stanley nearly opened with 2 birdies in his first three holes, but his attempt from about 20-feet on the 3rd green just trickled off to the right.
Par 4 10th - Bubba Watson will have a real nice chance to get to -3 on the day, spinning his wedge approach shot to about 6-feet.