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The Open 2013 - LIVE!

By Jack de Menezes

by Jack de Menezes on Jul 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of The Open 2013 from the Muirfield Golf Course in Scotland.
  • News at a glance:
    • Lee Westwood leads on -3 after an eagle on the fifth and a birdie on 17
    • Hunter Mahan and Tiger Woods sit on -1 with all three in the clubhouse
    • Adam Scott  three behind on par

    7/20/2013 11:05:32 AM
  • Woods and Mickelson par the tenth, but Mickelson is in a spot of bother on 15, just as he see's Adam Scott join him on par after he birdies 13. Zach Johnson bogeys 10 to slip back to +1.
    7/20/2013 4:08:01 PM
  • Mickelson drops back to +1, and Jimenez is in the rough on 8. It doesn't look good, and his next shot is a long way from the green. Cabrera pars the 11th - his 11th consecutive par - to remain two off the lead.
    7/20/2013 4:10:34 PM
  • Lee westwood has a 3-shot lead at the Open. don't worry I'm not going anywhere near him this afternoon.
  • Both Woods and Westwood are up on the par-5 9th green in three and four respectively, so they'll need to be at their best to emerge well from the front-nine. Westwood can't and he loses another shot of his lead as he's down to -2, while Wood's birdies, and suddenly IT'S A TIE FOR THE LEAD AGAIN. Jimenez bogeys again at the 8th - his fourth of the day.
    7/20/2013 4:15:31 PM
  • The leading duo send their tee-shot's straight down the middle to get their back-nine underway. Meanwhile, Matsuyama has been given a one-shot penalty for slow play, and Mahan get's his FIFTH BIRDIE OF THE DAY as he moves to -1.
    7/20/2013 4:23:04 PM
  • Just five men are under-par now, but the player of the day so far has undoubtedly been Hunter Mahan, who has five birdies today. Jimenez recovers, and misses an eagle chance to draw level, but the birdie he finishes with will hopefully provide him with some momentum. Westwood just misses a birdie himself by millimeters, and Angel Cabrera misses another birdie effort on 13. Matsuyama finishes with a bogey on 19 to finish on +3, having had the penalty on 17.
    7/20/2013 4:27:14 PM
  • Woods follows Westwood in just missing a birdie at 10, and both he and Westwood leave the green with pars on their card. Stenson can't birdie the ninth, and remains at par overall as he finishes the front-nine.
    7/20/2013 4:29:15 PM
  • Cabrera rushes through his second putt on 13, and he drops his first shot of the day to drop back to par. Woods has missed the fairway on 11, but Westwood makes no mistake as he drills it a long, long way.
    7/20/2013 4:31:05 PM
  • Cabrera-Bello bogeys 12 to drop back to par, while Dustin Johnson BIRDIES 11 to move to +2. Woods sends his second on 11 a long way shy of the green, but Westwood applies the pressure as he puts his next to the pin.
    7/20/2013 4:35:24 PM
  • Westwood misses his birdie attempt, and Woods does well to get back to par, so we stay as we were. Missed chance for the Englishman there, will he come to regret that?
    7/20/2013 4:39:01 PM
  • FINALLY! Cabrera has his first birdie of the day to return to -1. Hunter Mahan finishes with a par on 18 to card a 68 that contains five birdies, and he'll definitely be in the mix tomorrow on -1.
    7/20/2013 4:40:31 PM
  • With a few being warned for slow-play, and Matsuyama suffering a one-shot penalty, some have has their say on the matter. Here's Graeme McDowell, who was warned on the fifth for a slow start:

    We're like, what? Surely we're allowed to get off to a bad start. There's a difference between slow play and bad play. It's hard enough out there trying to navigate your way around this golf course.

    't only takes one bad shot to get out of position before you're really out of position. So I thought they were getting a little hard core with the watch this morning. I get it, we're up against TV and we're trying to keep play moving. But have a little common sense, boys.

    7/20/2013 4:46:15 PM
  • A brief lull in play as we approach the latter stages of today's action. Good day's so far for Mahan and Garcia, bad day's for Jimenez and Lawrie, but there's plenty of time for that to change either tonight or tomorrow.
    7/20/2013 4:48:44 PM
  • Woods and Westwood par the 12, but both they and the final group of Jimenez and Stenson have been warned that they are on the clock. Hopefully a penalty won't take someone out of contention here.
    7/20/2013 4:50:16 PM
  • Cabrera-Bello bogeys the 13th after he misses a 3-footer. Mickelson finishes with a par to head into tomorrow on +2 after a 72 today. Woods finds the green on the par-3 13th, and Westwood gets a lucky break when he pitches on the back slope of the green, with the ball rolling back towards the pin.
    7/20/2013 4:52:47 PM
  • Cabrera with another missed birdie chance, while Stenson sends in a nice approach on 12 for a birdie. Cabrera-Bello bogeys again at 13 and that's three in a row to drop him to +1.
    7/20/2013 4:55:20 PM
  • Slightly under the radar, Ryan Moore has creapt back to par, just two shots off the lead. Woods pars the 13 when his shot doesn't break, like Westwood's did the stroke before, and the Englishman follows suit with a par of his own.
    7/20/2013 4:57:41 PM
  • Stenson misses his chance for birdie at 12, but he walks away with a par. Poulter and Watson finish their round, with the Englishman carding a four-over 75, and the former Masters champions a six-over 77, to leave them on +5 and +7 respectively.
    7/20/2013 5:00:19 PM
  • Jason Day finishes with a 72, and +3 over that doesn't rule him out of contention tomorrow. Cabrera has a disaster on 16, and it's a double-bogey that drops him to +1. Jimenez gets a BIRDIE  at 13 to put him back in the red, and Woods nearly sinks it out of the sand on the 14th.
    7/20/2013 5:09:10 PM
  • LEAD CHANGE: Westwood birdies the 14th to move back to -3 and into the outright lead, with Woods holding par as the ball just broke left a little.
    7/20/2013 5:11:11 PM
  • Francesco Molinari finishes with 72 to head into tomorrow at +2, and he'll certainly be in contention, though he's just gone under the radar today.
    7/20/2013 5:12:45 PM
  • Westwood puts his second on 15 just towards the edge of the green, but it runs a long way right of the pin. Woods, tries the same, as it pitches right at the front, but it carries the entire length of the green. Amazing. Jimenez shoots past the pin from the rough on 14th, and it'll need a miracle putt to save par. Adam Scott just pulls up short on 18 going for birdie, but it's a round of 70 and he'll head into tomorrow nicely positioned on par.
    7/20/2013 5:21:13 PM
  • Clarke finishes on 76, having not hit a single birdie today. Cabrera gets back to +1 with a birdie at 17, and it's as you were at the top with pars at 15 for Woods and Westwood.
    7/20/2013 5:29:01 PM
  • Jimenez bogies the 14th and he's back to par, leaving just three players in the red. Westwood hits his tee -shot on 16 about 30-yards left of the pin, a poor shot.
    7/20/2013 5:30:40 PM
  • Woods shows him how to do it, as he punches one in just short of the flag. Westwood will have to work hard to emerge with a par here, as Cabrera landed in a similar area and cam out with a double-bogey.
    7/20/2013 5:32:46 PM
  • Stenson falls right of the green and will have a long putt. Jimenez isn't happy with his shot, but it's ok as it's on the green, but he too will face a very long putt.
    7/20/2013 5:34:01 PM
  • Disaster for Westwood, as his shot of of the thick rough doesn't clear the slope, and he watches the ball trickle back down the hill and past where he was standing. Stenson, putting off the green, just misses out on a birdie, finishing about two-feet past the hole. 
    7/20/2013 5:36:37 PM
  • LEAD CHANGE: Westwood decides to putt up the hill, and he falls short by 15-feet. Woods just misses a birdie, and Westwood holes out for a crucial bogey. He needed that, but the birdie miss from Woods cost him the outright lead there.
    7/20/2013 5:41:54 PM
  • Cabrera disappointingly finishes at 18 with a bogey having just got a shot back on the 17th, and he finishes on 73 to head into tomorrow on +1. Consistant today, and he'll be in the hunt. Westwood is on the 17th fairway, and back on 16 Jimenez has found the bunker to the right of the green.
    7/20/2013 5:45:59 PM
  • Jimenez's attempt out of the bunker doesn't clear the edge, but his second attempt makes it out towards the pin. Unfortunate that, and he's unhappy with something - maybe the ball was leaning up against something that hindered his shot.
    7/20/2013 5:48:16 PM
  • Westwood, having drive off the 17th tee, hits a fairway wood to try and reach the green, turning down the chance to use his driver again. It falls about 20-feet short of the green but it'll do, as Woods is further back on the par-5.
    7/20/2013 5:50:00 PM
  • Hideki Matsuyama speaking on his penalised shot:

    I feel very sorry that it happened. After the tee shot I hit some spectators, I signed my glove and gave it him or her. It took me a little while to figure out what to do with the second shot and that is when it (the penalty) happened.

    One stroke is a really big deal at this stage but I will do my best tomorrow to do the best I can.

    Perhaps a touch unfair, shall we say?
    7/20/2013 5:51:00 PM
  • Jimenez double-bogeys the 16th and drops to +2, and he's quite angry with himself after that one. On the 18th, Dustin Johnson put's his approach in for a birdie chance on the green.
    7/20/2013 5:52:45 PM
  • Woods puts his third shot on 17 to the back of the green, and Westwood ends up within two-feet of his ball with a much lower chip onto the green.
    7/20/2013 5:54:20 PM
  • Woods can't sink his par-shot on 17 and he drops to -1, while Westwood RETAKES THE LEAD WITH A BIRDIE FOR A TWO-SHOT SWING.
    7/20/2013 5:56:56 PM
  • Jimenez sets-up his second shot just shy of the green, so he could have a chance at bogey depending on how good his approach onto the green is. Stenson sends his into the rough to the left of the fairway, but he should get out.
    7/20/2013 5:59:47 PM
  • Westwood sends his 18th tee-shot down the fairway, but it just rolls the the edge of the first-cut. Woods, using an iron, makes a perfect start to the final hole as he puts it plum in the middle of the fairway.
    7/20/2013 6:01:40 PM
  • Dustin Johnson finishes with a par on 18 for a 76, and he'll head into tomorrow on +3.
    7/20/2013 6:02:34 PM
  • And Martin Laird, whose had a tough game, finishes with a par for 82 and he'll start tomorrow on +9 having been in such a promising position.
    7/20/2013 6:04:25 PM
  • Woods' second is beautiful, and he will have a birdie attempt from about 20-feet. But Westwood responds with a magnificent shot of his own, finishing about the same distance from the pin.
    7/20/2013 6:07:03 PM
  • Westwood sends his birdie attempt to within a foot, and that should be a tap-in for par and the overnight lead. Jimenez, on 17, misses a short par-attempt, and it's a bogey that drops him to +3. Woods sends his putt in to a similar distance, and he finishes with a par to stand on -1. Westwood gets his par, and he will carry a two-shot lead into tomorrow.
    7/20/2013 6:12:27 PM
  • A brilliant days play from Westwood, and also from Woods. Conditions are extremely hard with not much stopping where it should be, but Westwood's fantastice 60-yard putt for eagle on the 5th set him on his way.
    7/20/2013 6:14:19 PM
  • Just the final pairing of Stenson and Jimenez to come in, but baring the first eagle we've seen at 18, Westwood will have a two-shot lead. 
    7/20/2013 6:16:49 PM
  • Stenson puts his second shot to the right of the green, while Jimenez puts his on the left-side. It appears that Westwood will play with Mahan tomorrow rather than Woods, which is a shame, and it's worth remembering that Woods has never won a major when he hasn't been leading heading into the final round.
    7/20/2013 6:19:51 PM
  • Lee Westwood will have a two-shot lead going into the final day of the 2013 Open Championship.

    7/20/2013 6:22:19 PM
  • Jimenez finishes with a par, and he'll start tomorrow six shots off the lead after a disappointing 77 today. Stenson somehow manages to bogey the last, and he drops back to +1 over.
    7/20/2013 6:27:19 PM
  • That's all from me tonight. Thanks for joining me, and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the final day of what could be a historic 2013 Open Championship.
    7/20/2013 6:28:04 PM
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