Morning all. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and cloudless, and the flags are barely fluttering atop the grandstand at No. 18 that will be welcoming a British Open champion in about eight hours.
The final round is well under way at Royal St. George’s and the conditions couldn’t be more pleasant for the world’s best golfers.
Louis Oosthuizen leads on 12-under 198 and is looking to end a run of near misses at the majors to win his second claret jug after 2010.
The South African is a shot clear of former PGA champion Collin Morikawa and they go out at 2.35 p.m. local time. Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth is a further two strokes back.
It is 11 years to the day since Oosthuizen, who finished runner-up in the US PGA and US Open this season, lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews.
But his one-shot lead is vulnerable, especially with another former winner, Spieth, in the group in front three shots back and still smarting from bogeying his last two holes yesterday.
If the 2017 champion needed any inspiration it was provided by compatriots Kevin Kisner and Brendan Steele earlier this morning.
Kisner, who usually shares a house with Spieth during Open week but has been prevented from doing so by Covid-19 bubbles, was first man out on his own and had four birdies and two bogeys through 15 holes.
Steele started even better by picking up three strokes in his first seven bogey-free holes.
Jon Rahm, who won his maiden major last month’s US Open, tees off just before Spieth five shots back and will look to make a charge and exert some pressure on the top of the leaderboard.