This morning Bryson Dechambeau only started in the second group of the day and is currently sitting an hour older. Rory McIlroy got off to a good start – a birdie at first – after starting at 11:05 am.
Last night, Louis Oosthuizen made sure he would take a two-stroke lead in the third round after registering the lowest halfway total in championship history.
Oosthuizen shot an eagle and four birdies by adding a 65 to his first 64 for a total of 129, eclipsing the previous best of 130 set by Sir Nick Faldo in 1992 and tied by Brandt Snedeker in 2012.
Only a bogey on the 16th kept Oosthuizen from tying the lowest midterm score of any major tournament – Brooks Koepka’s 128 in the 2019 US PGA – but he will be more concerned with the Claret Jug than the records after the events of this season.
Already a finalist in all four major championships, Oosthuizen brought his unwanted near miss tally to six by finishing second in both the US PGA at Kiawah Island and the US Open at Torrey Pines.
But the 38-year-old South African, who won the St Andrews Open in 2010 and lost a play-off at the same place in 2015, is on pole to win a late second major after tracking birdies on the first, the seventh, 12th and 13th with an eagle on the 14th.
At 11 below par, Oosthuizen was two strokes ahead of 2020 PGA United States Champion Collin Morikawa, with three-time major winner Jordan Spieth a stroke further.
Morikawa had previously been blissfully oblivious to his own chance to make history, seven birdies in the first 14 holes, which meant he had to play the other four out of two to win the lowest round of all the men’s majors.
However, Morikawa missed the 15th and missed a good birdie chance on the 16th and 18th to return a 64, one shot off the course record and two drifting off the major mark set by Branden Grace at Royal Birkdale in 2017. .
Morikawa’s mid-point total of 131 was also a shot outside the Open record that Osthuizen would break later, but he said: “I had no idea what a record was. I’m awful with this stuff. I know now. “
Morikawa could only finish tied for 71st at the Scottish Open last week, but credited the experience – and changing three of his irons to face the turf of ties – for his performance at Royal St George’s , where Ben Curtis was the last debutant to win the Open in 2003.
The biggest difference is that Curtis was 396th in the world at the time, while Morikawa is ranked fourth and already a major champion after his victory at Harding Park last August.