Great White Shark takes lead at Birkdale

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Published 19/07/2008 19:20:59
 

 

Aussie veteran Greg Norman took the lead in the Open championship today after a fine round of golf in less than ideal conditions. Weather warnings were given before today's round and earlier players certainly bore the brunt of the foul weather, play almost being called to a halt as 40mph winds gusted. 53 year old Norman carded a 2 over 72 after a shaky start. Playing partner Choi is a further two shots back on 4 over after carding a score of 75.

 

"I'll put this down in the top three hardest rounds of golf I have played," he said. "I have played in tougher weather but this being the third round on Royal Birkdale golf course, it was brutal.

"I have a chance but there is a lot of golf to be played. Padraig has played well for the last three rounds and I've been very impressed with the golf KJ Choi has played.

"Physically and mentally I feel very good. I'm going to keep the same routine and the same mindset. You have got to stay in the present. You really don't pay attention to anyone else."

 

Elsewhere, reigning champion Padraig Harrington posted a third round 72 to be on 4 over going into the final day. The popular Irishman will feel this was a good day and will certainly be in the thick of things tomorrow. Harrington described the putting conditions as "the toughest I've ever experienced", "I'm very happy with my return for the day".

 

The final pairing for tomorrow's final round will be Norman and Harrington, both players are former winners of the tournament. It is a thrilling combination of champions past and present.

 

Round of the day went to Englishman Simon Wakefield who fired a par 70, including three birdies on the back nine, to be on 5 over for the championship. Further back on 7 under overall are 2003 champion Ben Curtis and England's Ross FIsher after posting 70 and 71 respectively.

 

It promises to be a thrilling finale to a competition that has certainly favoured the lesser fancied player. Despite last years heroics, Harrington went into the tournament with an injury and no-one could have predicted the resurgence of Norman, the Australian has played in just three events this year.

 

Weather conditions for tomorrow's final round are set to be similar - but perhaps crucially - less windy.

 



COUNTRY ROUND 3 SCORE AFTER
1 Norman AUS 72 +2 18
2 Harrington IRL 72 +4 18
2 Choi KOR 75 +4 18
4 Wakefield ENG 70 +5 18
5 Noren SWE 75 +7 18
5 Kim USA 71 +7 18
5 Curtis USA 70 +7 18
5 Fisher ENG 71 +7 18
9 Allenby AUS 76 +8 18
9 Wood ENG 73 +8 18
9 Stenson SWE 70 +8 18
9 Poulter ENG 75 +8 18
9 Mediate USA 76 +8 18
9 Storm ENG 72 +8 18
15 Goosen RSA 73 +9 18
15 Garcia ESP 74 +9 18
15 Furyk USA 77 +9 18
15 Love USA 70 +9 18
15 Stricker USA 71 +9 18
20 Villegas COL 79 +10 18
20 Gonnet FRA 73 +10 18
20 Lehman USA 73 +10 18
20 Leonard USA 73 +10 18
20 Hamilton USA 72 +10 18
20 Hansen DEN 74 +10 18
20 Khan ENG 71 +10 18
27 Immelman RSA 73 +11 18
27 Hansen DEN 77 +11 18
27 Frost RSA 73 +11 18
27 Scott AUS 77 +11 18
27 Johnson USA 76 +11 18
27 Weir CAN 74 +11 18
27 Hanson SWE 78 +11 18
27 Ames CAN 78 +11 18
35 Williamson USA 77 +12 18
35 Bryant USA 74 +12 18
35 Sherreard ENG 76 +12 18
35 Overton USA 75 +12 18
35 Larrazabal ESP 73 +12 18
35 Labelle USA 74 +12 18
35 McDowell NIR 80 +12 18
35 Casey ENG 73 +12 18
35 Jacobson SWE 79 +12 18
35 Verplank USA 78 +12 18
35 Austin USA 74 +12 18
35 Appleby AUS 79 +12 18
35 Montgomerie SCO 74 +12 18
48 Slocum USA 74 +13 18
48 Horsey ENG 79 +13 18
48 O'Hern AUS 74 +13 18
48 Romero ARG 74 +13 18
48 Bourdy FRA 75 +13 18
48 Havret FRA 77 +13 18
48 Mickelson USA 76 +13 18
48 Campbell NZL 74 +13 18
48 Els RSA 74 +13 18
48 Karlsson SWE 75 +13 18
48 Waring ENG 76 +13 18
59 Green AUS 76 +14 18
59 Van de Velde FRA 80 +14 18
59 Parry AUS 77 +14 18
59 Lima POR 75 +14 18
59 Lomas ENG 76 +14 18
64 Stadler USA 78 +15 18
64 Canete ARG 76 +15 18
64 Liang CHN 77 +15 18
64 Gillis USA 79 +15 18
64 Wall ENG 81 +15 18
64 Duval USA 83 +15 18
64 Howell ENG 78 +15 18
64 Dougherty ENG 79 +15 18
64 Rollins USA 77 +15 18
73 Finch ENG 78 +16 18
73 Kaymer GER 79 +16 18
73 Glover USA 77 +16 18
76 Wiegele AUT 78 +17 18
76 Archer ENG 78 +17 18
76 Westwood ENG 78 +17 18
79 Rose ENG 82 +18 18
79 Aiken RSA 82 +18 18
79 O'Hair USA 80 +18 18
82 Lam SIN 83 +20 18
82 Jones AUS 83 +20 18

 

 

 



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