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23 Julio 2017, 02:07 | Faron Santos
USA’s Dustin Johnson in action during a practice round at the British Open on Wednesday. REUTERS Paul Childs
We are one day away from giving the iconic Claret Jug to somebody at the 2017 British Open. McIlroy won that tournament. Kuchar is second at 4 to 1.
Kuchar, the 39-year-old American who is looking to win a first major, teed off at the 448-yard par-four 1st hole at 8:36am (0736 GMT) looking to build on his opening five-under-par round of 65. It showed as he seemed to bounce down the 18th fairway. "I don't know where to start".
"Obviously the man out front has a good track record", said Rose, who won the silver medal for low amateur at Royal Birkdale in 1998. One small lapse, but one that can be costly for a player who has earned almost $40 million yet has never won a major.
"I didn't hit a great drive", he said. "I felt like I drove it all right". And that was only going to make it play harder than it was playing this morning.
Spieth turned a bogey or worse into an unlikely par by chipping in from just short of the 10th green. In April, he had Sunday problems on that hole again when he was in contention.
"I made some key up-and-downs on the start of the back nine - they're the putts that haven't quite been going in over the past few weeks and that's all it takes to keep a round going". "And if I don't win tomorrow, it has nothing to do with that".
"I think I do okay".
"That was one of my top five rounds at a major", the 23-year-old told reporters.
"My whole thing on the 18th was trying just not to make bogey but when I knocked in the two-footer or three-footer (for par) Zack came up and said "You're in the history books" and I was like 'What are you talking about?'" - Grace reveals it was his caddie who pointed out the significance of his round. "If you keep it in play, it's nearly hard to make a bogey out there". "And you control your own destiny".
A check of the forecast also ignited Spieth. Brooks Koepka went two shots over par Friday and finds himself in a tie with Ian Poulter (even Friday) at 3-under 137. "As long as I approach it positively and recognize that this is what you want to feel because you're in the position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create solid rounds".
"Yesterday I just didn't play very well".
The Englishman, whose last Open appearance came here at Birkdale 19 years ago, built on his opening 67 with two birdies on the first four holes but then dropped a stroke on the sixth. He's in a four-way tie for 11th heading into the final day.
"It's hard to think big picture now, I'm just off the golfcourse and I'm a little disappointed", he said. The weather was just changing the whole time.
Spieth tees off at 2:48pm with Koepka following soon after at 3:10pm.
McIlroy has missed three cuts in the last four tournaments and his Open challenge looked to be be over before it had begun until he was jolted out of his malaise by Fitzgerald. "It's actually a nice advantage to have".
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Among those heading home, though, is last year's runner-up Phil Mickelson - he had a disastrous 77 on Friday and is +10 in total . While he birdied three holes and sank an eagle on 15, Spieth shot four bogeys to finish at one-under.
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When Strange's comment was put to Watson, the eight-time major victor replied with a smile: "That's part of the reason you win". A birdie and an eagle gave me a chance to do some damage control, but unfortunately that final bogey pushed me back.