The latest news about the British Open (all times local).
Collin Morikawa is close to the claret-jug.
Morikawa led by one shot, when his wedge to par-5 14h was not able to hold on to the top ledge. It was no problem. To extend his lead over Jordan Spieth by two shots, the 24-year-old American put in a 20-foot birdie to win.
The final four holes of Morikawa are still to be played. Spieth missed a couple of long birdie opportunities on the 15th hole and 16th hole, and was quickly running out of holes.
Morikawa has been able to play 27 holes consecutively without making a single bogey since the fifth hole at Royal St. George’s.
Jordan Spieth has cut Collin Morikawa’s lead to just one shot at The British Open.
Spieth continued his 12-foot birdie putt at 13th by hitting a wedge to 6ft at the par-15 No. 14 and another putt for birdie.
He made four birdies on six holes, and he moved up to 13 under.
Morikawa’s back nine has four consecutive pars, and it was played in beautiful late-afternoon conditions off Sandwich Bay.
Collin Morikawa is now at the turn, with a three shot lead at Royal St. George’s.
He putt from 6 feet at No. 8 and 15 feet at No. 9 to complete three consecutive birdies. He is now at 14 under.
Louis Oosthuizen is still four strokes behind Morikawa, but has not made a birdie yet in the final round. He began with a lead of two strokes.
Jordan Spieth has taken Oosthuizen’s place. He has scored back-to-back birdies around this turn, and is now in second.
Dustin Johnson shot a 67 on the final hole and was 7 under for tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen has lost the British Open lead for the first round since the 12th hole in the second round.
After going from one greenside bunter to the next, he left himself in an awkward spot to reach the pin and bogeyed the par-5 7th hole. Collin Morikawa was two shots ahead of him after he two-putted.
Morikawa made a tap in birdie on a hole Jordan Spieth had just made eagle and Corey Conners. He was 12 under for tournament.
Morikawa is three shots ahead of Spieth.
Brooks Koepka shot 65, and holds the clubhouse lead with 8 under.
Louis Oosthuizen made his first bogey at the British Open’s front nine this week.
He missed the green right of the fourth hole, and instead chose to play safe by going well beyond the flag and using the slope. He had 25 feet to par, but he missed.
Collin Morikawa missed the green too, but saved his par by putting in a 10-footer. They tied at 11-under par.
Jordan Spieth spent the first hour trying to make difficult par putts. He missed the fourth hole, and is now three shots behind.
Royal St. George’s wants to see you get through the first five holes with minimal damage. The sixth hole is where most of the scoring will take place in the final round.
Louis Oosthuizen is now in the final round of The British Open. This is his latest attempt to win another major.
Without winning, no one has played them better than this year.
Oosthuizen is the leaderboard’s top scorer in six of the last ten majors rounds — but not after the final round. The 38-year old South African was runner-up in both of his majors. Ernie Els, his mentor, is the only player to have been runner-up in all three majors.
Oosthuizen held a one-shot advantage over Collin Morikawa who is aiming for his second major at the age of 24. Both birdies were 15 feet wide on the first hole, but they settled for pars.
Jon Rahm is determined to be the first player to win both the U.S. Open & British Open simultaneously since Tiger Woods 2000.
His recent history does not favor him.
Phil Mickelson, in the 2013 British Open Muirfield, is the last player who won a major after starting the final round less than four shots behind the leader. Rahm shot a 65 Saturday to be within five shots of the lead.
Mickelson was ahead of eight players when he rallied at Muirfield from five shots behind. Rahm had only five players ahead of him. Mickelson won a 66 to close out one of the most memorable rounds in British Open history. Rahm may need something similar.
Another perfect day saw three rounds of 65 and two rounds 66. Brooks Koepka finished his round with 12 holes at 5 under.
Bryson de Chambeau ended a difficult week at the British Open with an impressive 5-under 65. He believes he can challenge for St. Andrews’ claret jug next year.
DeChambeau shot in the 60s his last round, bogey-free at Royal St. George’s. This was after a week when he was involved in a row about his club manufacturer.
DeChambeau said he understood “a bit more” how to play Open Championship-style Golf and could have shot 9 less if he had been more skilled on the greens.
He plans to play in the Scottish Open next year. It will be played one week before the British Open. He has never played on the Old Course.
DeChambeau states that “if I can drive it really smoothly, I believe there will be many opportunities.” That’s what I heard. Maybe next year will be my golden ticket.”
Lee Westwood will soon be the first to play in all majors, even if he doesn’t win one.
The 48-year-old Englishman enjoyed the British Open final round.
Westwood putted a long putt at the par-3 7th hole to score an eagle.
He is still 11 shots behind the lead at 1 under in his 88th major.
Jay Haas held the record for men in majors with no wins at 87.
Rickie Fowler was 5-under 65 to record the lowest round thus far.
The sun is shining, there is no cloud in the sky, and flags are barely flying atop No. 18 will host a British Open champion within eight hours.
Royal St. George’s is in the final round and conditions are perfect for some of the best golfers around.
Louis Oosthuizen is leading at 12-under 198. He hopes to end a string of near misses at majors and win his second claret trophy jug.
Former PGA champion Collin Morikawa is one shot ahead of the South African. They go out at 2.35 p.m., local time. Jordan Spieth, three-time major champion, is two strokes behind.
Some decent scoring has already been done. Kevin Kisner shot 68 after going out alone at 8 a.m. Brendan Steele was at 4 under and bogey free at the turn.