Louis Oosthuizen LEADS BY ONE heading into final round of The Open

Oosthuizen in pole position to win his second Open Championship

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021

Louis Oosthuizen LEADS BY ONE heading into final round of The Open

Louis Oosthuizen carded a third-round 69 to take a narrow one-shot lead over Collin Morikawa into the final round of The Open Championship at Royal St George's. 

Oosthuizen, 38, has led wire-to-wire so far this week and remains in pole position to etch his name on the famous Claret Jug for the second time in his career following his memorable seven-shot triumph at St Andrews in 2010. 

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The South African finds himself at 12-under par, one shot clear of last year's US PGA champion Collin Morikawa, who bounced back from two early bogeys with five birdies thereafter for a round of 68. 

Jordan Spieth held a share of the lead at various times during the afternoon but the 2017 Open champion stumbled badly coming home with bogeys at 11, 17 and 18 - the latter which saw him miss a short putt for par - and he signed for a 69 and 9-under par total. 

Corey Conners vaulted up the board with a round of 66 to move to 8-under par alongside Scottie Scheffler, who birdied the final hole for a 69.

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Jon Rahm did not bring his best stuff on Saturday but still kept himself in the mix for a first Open Championship and back-to-back majors with a round of 68 to move up to 7-under par alongsid Dylan Frittelli (70) and Mackenzie Hughes (68). 

Cameron Smith (68), Justin Harding (70) and Marcel Siem (70) have it all to do from 6-under par. 

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THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD

-12 Oosthuizen (SA)
-11 Morikawa (US)
-9 Spieth (US)
-8 Conners (Can), Scheffler (US)
-7 Rahm (Spa), Hughes (Can), Frittelli (SA)