With the final pairing due on the first tee inside one hour, The Open is reaching its climax. Who will get their name engraved on the Claret Jug?
It appears to be a two horse race but many are refusing to rule out a winner other than Stenson or Mickelson. It’s unlikely that both will falter and it’s even more unlikely that anyone will make a charge.
The wind is relentless at Royal Troon but at least it is dry. Judging by the early scoring the front nine appears to be the scoring nine, although it isn’t soaking up near as many birdies as it has the first three days.
The back nine is not giving much away. It’s tough. The golf course is only 17 yards shorter than its full playing length and the pin positions are tucked away in the corners.
Expect to see much the same from Stenson and Mickelson today. They have controlled the ball better than anyone else and they will need to do so again today. With conditions expected to improve (slightly) I suspect anything in the sixties will be good enough for Henrik or Phil to win.