Coming into the meaningful portion of the final round at The Open Championship it’s time to take stock of what will likely be The Best Open Championships in a lifetime. We have seen a leaderboard littered with stars either in the lead or close throughout. The Classic Venue at Carnoustie has provided the fan and competitor a wonderful canvas for an Open Championship to remember for a lifetime. Regardless of how dry the fairways have been, the course has provided the players a fair and balanced test throughout.
Coming into the tournament, many hoped we would see the likes of Tiger Woods compete at a high level. In fact, during the third round he was tied for the lead at 6-under and a feeling of Nostalgia began to run a mist through the golf world because of it. Although he could not maintain that play, it was for a moment or two a blast from the not so far ago past that enhanced this great event.
The leaders after three rounds include a trio of Americans Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, and Kevin Kisner. Spieth is the only one of that group with experience winning a Major Championship. Actual, he won the Claret Jug last year at Royal Birkdale along with a Masters and US Open years prior. The other two leaders are looking for their first Major at a Championship we have seen 17 first time winners in the last 23 years.
When you consider who could win on Sunday consider this. Carnoustie has never hosted an Open Championship in which the winner led after three rounds. If those pieces of history hold true, let’s take a look at who could raise the jug at the end of today.
- Kevin Chappell -7
- Francesco Molinari -6
- Webb Simpson -5
- Alex Noren -5
- Tommy Fleetwood -5
Then There are names like Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Zack Johnson and Rory McIllroy at 5-under. Justin Rose at 4-under within reach.
Royal and Ancient the venue at Carnoustie is. The Leading and Chasing field is calked full of youth and Stars of yesterday and today. With all of these classic names and new faces lurking in the final round, today has the makings of being the Historic Sunday we have hoped for all season long.