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Conditions at the course are far from welcoming at the start of the third day's play in the Open Championship

Conditions at the course are far from welcoming at the start of the third day's play in the Open Championship

Lee Westwood putting at Birkdale

Lee Westwood is among the early starters but is soon in trouble, dropping five shots in the first six holes before ending on 17 over

Paul Casey at Birkdale

Paul Casey cards a double bogey six at the 1st, and a handful of birdies cannot really rescue his score as he battles to 12 over

Colin Montgomerie plays out of a bunker at the 1st

Colin Montgomerie finds sand on the opening hole and ends his day out of contention at a major once again on 12 over

Ernie Els and his caddy at the 15th

Former champion Ernie Els feels the strength of the wind as he struggles his way to a 74, leaving him on 13-over-par

Ernie Els and Andres Romero come under royal scrutiny as the Duke of York follows their match around the course

Els and Andres Romero come under royal scrutiny as the Duke of York follows their match around the course

Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis, another former winner, is one of the few players to find some joy as he puts himself in with a shout at seven over

Justin Rose and his caddie wade through the rough at Royal Brikdale during the third round

Justin Rose's return to Birkdale, after his heroics as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998, does not go well as he slumps to 18 over

A steward monitors the wind speed at Royal Birkdale

Stewards constantly monitor the wind speed as the blustery conditions threaten to lead to a suspension of play

Sergio Garcia struggles at the start of his third round, dropping three shots in eight holes

Pre-tournament favourite Sergio Garcia mulls things over as he lets a few shots slip early on before finishing on nine over

Ian Poulter started his round hoping to mount a serious challenge for victory

Ian Poulter, clad in relatively conservative attire, drops a couple of strokes early in his round but he battles on to finish on eight over

Chris Wood in action during his third round

Amateur Chris Wood struggles early on but he recovers to eight over and ends the day insisting he can still win the whole tournament

England's Simon Wakefield at Birkdale

As the leading players start to drop back, birdies at 12, 14 and 17 move world number 252 Simon Wakefield right into the thick of it

Ross Fisher is one of the new stars of the European tour and a round of 71 elevates him into contention for the final day

Ross Fisher is one of the new stars of the European tour and a round of 71 elevates him into contention for the final day

Padraig Harrington at Birkdale

Padraig Harrington jumps to follow the flight of his ball as he bids to become the first European to win successive Opens since 1906

Chris Evert opts for a schoolgirl hairstyle as she watches husband Greg Norman play his third round at Royal Birkdale

Chris Evert opts for a schoolgirl hairstyle as she watches husband Greg Norman play his third round at Royal Birkdale

Camilo Villegas, Greg Norman and Rocco Mediate relax as they wait for a backlog to clear at the 10th

It's not all work at Birkdale as a logjam at the 10th gives Camilo Villegas, Norman and Rocco Mediate the chance to have a natter

Back-to-back birdies take Jim Furyk to the turn in good spirits but repeated visits to thick rough on the back nine halt his progress

Back-to-back birdies take Jim Furyk to the turn in good spirits but repeated visits to thick rough on the back nine halt his progress

Overnight leader KJ Choi turns his face away as the sand flies up following a third round bunker shot

Overnight leader KJ Choi turns his face away as the sand flies up, but the Korean battles every step of the way to end two shots off the lead

Padraig Harrington showed no sign of the wrist injury which threatened his participation in the tournament

Harrington shrugs off doubts over his fitness to put himself in with every chance as he draw level with Choi at four over

Greg Norman shows his experience as he handles the conditions better than his competitors

But Norman, a two-time Open champion, does a fantastic job of dealing with the conditions as he battles into a two-shot lead




see also
Open day two photos
18 Jul 08 |  Golf
Open day one photos
17 Jul 08 |  Golf


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