SANDWICH: With a transparent blue sky above, the lightest of breezes and fairways nonetheless taking part in comparatively gentle, the Royal St George’s course seemed vulnerable when Scotland’s Robert Macintyre fired six birdies in his third-round 65 on Saturday.
His five-under spherical rocketed him up the British Open leaderboard, and with 10 different gamers within the early teams going sub-par, a day of low scoring seemed on the playing cards.
There’s a normally a sting within the tail of any basic hyperlinks course, nonetheless, and regardless of the tranquil climate, a quickly firming course, teasing pin placements and the club-snagging tough, the scoring was being stored beneath management.
Just one gap on the entrance 9, the seventh, was taking part in beneath par halfway by way of the third day, though former Open champion Rory McIlroy discovered 5 birdies earlier than the flip as he seemed to play his method again up the leaderboard after consecutive even-par 70s.
However the course bit again as a poor tee shot on the 10th value him a bogey and two extra adopted on the 13th and 15th to depart the previous world primary at one beneath for the event, 10 behind in a single day chief Louis Oosthuizen.
“The back nine played tough. They’re sort of tucking the pins away. They’ve stretched the golf course out to as long as it can play,” McIlroy advised reporters.
Macintyre’s spherical offepink a template of what would possibly come later although as he stayed out of hassle to rack up six birdies.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick signed for a three-under 67 to maneuver up the leaderboard and predicted that somebody may shoot a ‘really low one’ later within the day, though he was not anticipating a rush of birdies due to difficult pin placement.
“You really have to think about where you’re hitting it off the tee and where you’re hitting into the greens, which side you’re going to miss it,” Fitzpatrick stated. “I think probably someone is going to hole a load of putts and shoot a really low one, but I don’t think there’s going to be too many super low scores, that’s for sure.”
Printed in Daybreak, July 18th, 2021