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By Ben Dirs

Five-time champion and third-round leader Tom Watson: "It's a surprise, let's put it that way, but not as big a surprise because it's at Turnberry, and magical things happen to me here, and I hope it continues for another 18 holes. Today was probably the most serene I've ever been on a golf course, it was a delightful walk, and I hope I'll take that serenity into the next 18 holes. I have a gameplan, and I'll see what happens."

1928: I believe Watson will be out last with Mathew Goggin tomorrow, with English pair Ross Fisher and Lee Westwood in the penultimate group, and Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk ahead of them. Plenty of class there, although there are 26 players within six of the lead.

England's Ross Fisher: "To be in the penultimate group today playing with a champion like Mark Calcavecchia was an absolute pleasure and a privilege. Today was great. It was difficult but was just a matter of patience. I was trying to be aggressive where I could. In fairness I probably only hit two bad shots and apart from that I played really solid and I am delighted with that."

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1924: Well done Steve Marino, the Open rookie birdies 17 and 18 for a round of 76 and he's +1 going into tomorrow. And Watson does tap in to ensure he's the oldest player ever to lead going into the final round of a major. Someone give me a nudge, I think I'm dreaming...

1922: Watson with a fixed grin now, it looks like he might be getting a bit emotional as the gallery rise to acclaim him. Massive birdie putt, it's a very big ask... oooh, what an effort, a foot short, and he'll have that for a round of 71 and a one-stroke lead going into the final day.

1919: Watson with his second at 18, and that's a workmanlike effort, he should get down in two from there. Marino's only got 151 yards out of the semi-rough, and that's one of the shots of the day, his ball coming to rest about six feet below the hole. Flashbacks to 1977 on the telly, and apart from the shocking lime Lionels, he doesn't look that much different.

1915: Watson strolls onto the 18th, called 'Duel in the Sun', looking about as fazed as a man popping down the corner shop to pick up a cut loaf. Decent enough drive, cracker from Marino.

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1910: Marino just a tad shy with his eagle attempt at 17, but he taps in for birdie. Not a great day for the overnight leader, but he'll just have to remind himself that he's just five shots behind. Watson's eagle putt stays a fraction high, but he's in with a birdie four to grab the outright lead. Who would have thought it?
Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Goggin, Fisher -2 Westwood, Goosen -1 Furyk, Cink

1906: Watson getting all the luck now, too, and his second at 17 hops right and onto the green. He's got a 12-footer for eagle, and the way he's playing... good shot Marino, who skips on as well.

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1904: Fisher sends his birdie putt on its way... but it stays left all the way, and he has to make do with a tap-in for par. The Englishman is in a share of the lead at three under after a steely round of 70. Another stroke gone for Calcavecchia though, round of 77 for +3 overall.

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1857: Marino, having been in a bunker off the tee, drops another shot at 16 and he's now back to two over. Fisher with an eight iron into the 18th green, and he'll have a makeable putt for the lead. GO ON OLD FELLA! Watson drains another monster at 16, a big left-to-righter, to regain a share of the lead. Marino pokes his short bogey putt past the hole, another double bogey, he's in freefall.

1853: Watson safely on in regulation at the par-four 16th. Fisher pulls out a long iron, slaps one down the middle at 18, before giving us all a little wave. I like him, he seems like a polite young chap. Jimenez makes par at 18 - round of 76, three over for the tournament, an outside chance. Two-time US Open champion Goosen drains his par putt for a round of 71 and -2 overall, one off the leaders.

1850: Jimenez safely on in two at 18, but he's six over for the day. But remember Paul Lawrie, remember Paul Lawrie... Jimenez and Goosen are on the clock apparently, which isn't all that surprising given the Spaniard's travails down the straight. Well-judged putt from off the green, he's for a four-footer for 72 and two under overall.

Clubhouse leader Mathew Goggin: "I felt very relaxed and played quite well coming in. I do remember Greg Norman winning round here. It was a rite of passage in Australia to get up early and watch Greg winning the Masters and the British Open. I remember it quite well. Tomorrow you just try to stay within yourself and remain as calm as possible."

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1847: Watson lets one fly down the 16th, a 455-yard par four. Fine eagle putt from Fisher, and it looks in all the way... but ducks left at the last. Birdie though, and he grabs a share of the lead.
Leaders: -3 Goggin, Fisher -2 Westwood, Goosen, Watson -1 Furyk, Cink

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "The tented village is rammed on this sunny evening. Beer tent - busy. Shampoo tent - quiet. Credit crunch Britain in a nutshell."

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1843: The Goose back in the mixer! He bends in his eagle putt at 17 to get back to two under, one off the lead. Watson no longer holds that lead, he makes bogey at 15 to drop back to two under. Cracking second from Fisher at 17, he'll have an eagle putt for the outright lead. Disaster for Marino, who slides his double by and makes triple to fall back to +1. One loose shot and, bang bang, you're dead.

1839: SORRY! My mistake, that was in fact Marino in the rough off the tee at 15, Watson did find the sand, as I originally thought. Apologies if I mislead you. Watson will be disappointed with his escape, he's left himself a 15-footer for par.

1837: Watson has deemed his ball unplayable and taken a drop. Could be a few shots gone at the 15th if he's not careful. Goosen pulls out his five iron and finds the middle of the green with his second. Very makeable putt for eagle... I didn't see Marino's tee shot, but he missed the green to the right by about 50 yards. Extraordinary. He takes a drop and his third rolls across the green.

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1832: Kuboya in with a 75 for +2 overall. Fisher with a left-to-righter for birdie at 16... and he's nailed it. Back to two under, one off the lead, hold your horses Mrs Fisher, your man needs to make me some money. Singh misses his par putt at 18, a round of 75 for two over overall. Still right in it.

1830: Crackerjack from Fisher at 16, his second 15 feet left of the flag. Kuboya of Japan strolls onto the 18th. Three dropped shots on the back nine, five over for the day, but only two over for the championship. He's playing with Vijay, who's got a tester for par, a round of 74 and +1 overall.

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1824: Apologies, Watson didn't find sand off the tee at 15, he found a lost world. His caddie calls the gallery into action, as Goosen and Jimenez hammer their tee shots down the 17th.

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1824: Watson finds sand off the tee at the par-three 15th. Double for Jimenez at 16, he's back to three over. He leans on his putter and looks wistfully out to sea, looking like a man who's just returned from work to find his house has burnt down.

1819: Fisher, barracked by the wind, makes par at 15 to stay one under. Great save from Watson at 14, and Marino also makes par. Jimenez sprays his second into Wilson's Burn at 16, the Spaniard dropped three shots at 14 and 15, he's rocking and rolling down the straight like a wheelbarrow full of bricks.

1815: Watson pulls his putter out at 14, but that's not too clever, he'll have a beast to make par. Fisher with a birdie chance at 15 after finding the centre of the green, and Calcavecchia decides to play a spot of billiards, cannoning into Fisher's ball. If that happened over your local municipal, you'd probably give your partner a volley, but at the Open the ball is simply replaced.

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1810: The British challenge stalling, another one gone for Fisher at 14, he's back to -1. But that's only two off the lead. Watson digs out his hybrid at 14, but the wind gets hold of his ball and brings it down short. Good save from Westwood at 18 - a bogey, but that's a fine round of 70 and he's two under going into the final day.

1808: Much love for Westwood as he makes his way to the 18th green, and the wiry Cink gets a clap or two as he raises his putter. Fisher with a horrible chip at 14, and it just dribbles onto the putting surface. Westwood, thrashing through some jungle, is unable to budge his ball out. Second time lucky, flopping on his fourth to within a few feet, and hopefully it's just one shot gone.

1804: Cink has picked up a birdie at 17 to climb back into the red. Marino slaps his drive down the middle at 14, Watson finds the light stuff, but he'll be fine. Westwood now with his second at the 18th... he finds the mound short and right. Cink with a ripper of an approach, he'll have a chance to get to two under.
Leaders: -3 Goggin, Westwood, Watson -2 Fisher, Marino -1 Furyk, Cink

1802: Fisher disturbs a few picnics behind the 14th green, he'll have a nasty chip on. Marino just misses with his long birdie putt at 13. The wheels rather falling off Calcavecchia's round, his approach at 14 finds sand. Back at level after that double at 13, his challenge fading. Marino and Watson both make pars at 13.

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1758: We have a three-way tie at the top... I repeat, we have a three-way tie at the top: Westwood birdies 17 to join Watson and Goggin on three under. Smashing round that from the Goggler, three birdies, two bogeys.

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1755: Watson gives himself plenty of green to play with with his approach at the 13th. Nicely done from Goggin at 18 - up and down for a round of 69 and the clubhouse lead at three under. Goosen and Jimenez drop back to level after a bogey and a double respectively at 14.

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1753: "Go on Tom!" is the cry as the five-time winner clips his tee shot down the 13. In America, they'd be imploring him to put the ball "in the hole". From 410 yards away. You better believe it. Goosen chips out of the rough at 14, but it explodes and runs 20 feet by. Horror putt back for par. Fisher taps in for par at 13 to stay two under, one off the lead. Calcavecchia misses his par putt, he drops back to one under.

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1747: Jim Furyk in with a 70, he's got the clubhouse lead at one under. A real grinder, he'll have a chance tomorrow, although there are 28 players within five of the lead. Anyone's.


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1746: Cabrera up on 18, and the Masters champion holes one from off the green to finish birdie, birdie for one over overall. Shot gone for Watson at 12, he falls back into a three-way tie for first at three under. Apologies - Marino was actually putting for par, and he's missed it. He goes back to -2. Leaders: -3 Watson, Goggin -2 Westwood, Jimenez, Fisher, Calcavecchia, Marino -1 Goosen, Furyk

1742: Marino with a dreamy second at 12, he'll have a six-footer for birdie. Westwood off the tee at 17, and he's OK. Par at 16, the Worksop man is -2. Goggin looking good all the way with his eagle putt at 17, but he has to make do with a birdie. The Australian moves to -3, one off leader Tom Watson.

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1739: Fisher, who found sand at 12, lets another shot go, he falls back to -2. Great saver from playing partner Calcavecchia, he stays two under. Watson with 186 yards into the 12th green, but the wind kills it and it comes up short left. Jimenez escapes with a par at 13 to stay two under.

1736: Calcavecchia with a rollercoaster putt at 12, but it comes up eight feet short. Jimenez of Spain at 13, and he misses the green right with his second. Goosen with 131 left, and he's safely on with a wedge.

1732: Goggin flirts outrageously with Wilson's Burn at, but his ball stays on the dancefloor. Goggin sprints all the way to the green, pulls out his marker and grabs his ball before it can dribble back into the drink. Watson and Marino on the dangerous 12th tee, but both of them make it look about as terrifying as the clown's mouth on the seafront at Margate. Goggin in for par at 16, he stays -2.

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1729: Watson managed to trump playing partner Marino off the 11th tee. Marino has an uphill putt across the green, and he's drained a monster, bending left-to-right. Back to -3. Watson leaves his birdie putt short, he stays four under.

1725: Marino on the par-three, 175-yard 11th, and he parachutes into the heart of the green with a nine iron. Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Fisher -2 Goggin, Westwood, Jimenez, Goosen, Calcavecchia, Marino -1 Cink

1722: Goosen in sand on 12, and he pulls his eight iron short and left. Fisher with a three-footer for par, the willowy Englishman, built like a bus ticket, is -3 after 11.

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1719: Jim Furyk dropped a shot at 15 to fall back to level par. Calcavecchia right into the guts of the 11th off the tee, Watson just missing by a whisker with a lengthy birdie putt to stay -4 after 10. Watson is so phlegmatic, on discovering the world was about to end, he'd probably shrug, pull his socks off and start pumicing his feet. Marino taps in for par at 10, he stays two under.

1715: Watson finds the heart of the 10th green with a six iron, the five-time champion tick-tocking away like a faithful old grandfather clock. Westwood taps in for another solid par at 14, he's just two shot off the lead. Sand wedge for Marino at 10, and that's a good result, he'll have a 15-foot birdie attempt. Good to see he's settled down.

1712: Westwood once again from the middle of the fairway at 14, and he's safely on with the old hybrid. Calcavecchia misreads at 10, he'll stay two under. Fisher in for par at 10, he stays -3. Here's Westwood again, putting up the tier at 14. Bit high, but he should remain two under and two off the lead.

1708: Evening, and thank you Samuel Lyon. Pearler of an approach from Calcs at 10, he'll have an eminently makeable birdie. Goggin of Tasmania cosies up to the hole at 14, he'll tap on to stay two under. Marino has outhit Watson by fully 80 yards off the tee at 10, but the old fella will have a good angle in. Fisher with a 20-footer at 10 to tie for the lead, but he tugs it left.

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1704: Ouch - shot gone for Tom Watson as his putt at 9 is held by the wind, and he now leads England's Ross Fisher by just one. That's it from me today, I'll hand you over to Ben Dirs and watch the rest of the round with my feet up. See you tomorrow peeps!
Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Fisher -2 Goggin, Westwood, Jimenez, Goosen, Calcavecchia, Marino -1 Cink, Kuboya

BBC Sport's Ken Brown on Twitter: "The course is playing a little harder than I first anticipated. Pins looked a little easier but pressure of today's play is getting to them all."

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1701: Mark Calcavecchia slips back to two under par as he three putts at 9, leaving England's Ross Fisher on his own in second. Lee Westwood goes within inches of chipping in at 13, but it's another comfortable par for the Notts man - he'll stay two under - while Tom Watson faces a cross-wind tester from 10 foot for par at 9.

1656: A little wayward from Tom Watson off arguably the most picturesque tee in golf - the 9th - but he should be OK in the light rough to the right. Steve Marino is straight down the middle. One back for Kunichi Kuboya, he's two under again, after a snaking birdie putt at 10 - can Ross Fisher do the same at 9? I tell you what, it does not get closer - a lovely approach that kisses the lip and slips by, he stays three under.

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1650: Bosh! Lee Westwood makes no mistake with his short putt at the 12th and he moves up to two under and a share of fourth place. Mathew Goggin, having to stand in the bunker with his ball on the edge, improvises a decent recovery at 13 but he may struggle to get up and down to par it from there.

1647: Lee Westwood is making a mockery of this 451-yard 12th hole, planting a sensational second shot within six feet of the pin and he should hole that for birdie to go two under. Steve Marino pars the 8th as he continues to redress the balance after that horrid opening, and Tom Watson steps up for his birdie chance... ooh, it's close but no cigar, the American staying at five under.
Leaders: -5 Watson -3 Calcavecchia, Fisher -2 Goggin, Kuboya, Jimenez, Goosen, Marino -1 Furyk, Cink, Westwood

1644: Has anyone used the phrase 'rolling back the years' yet this weekend? No? Well Tom Watson is rolling back the years here at Turnberry as he sends his second shot at 8 to within a good shout of birdie. Miguel Angel Jimenez, who seems to be putting from distance every time I see him, drifts one by at 9 and he'll putt out for a par. Ben Dirs's ears prick up at 13 as Jim Furyk sends home a birdie to move back to one under for the tournament, level for the day, but Retief Goosen again under-hits a birdie putt chance and he'll have to settle for par at 9.

1641: Close! Ross Fisher has a birdie chance down the hill at 8 and it looks for all the tea in China like it is dropping until a break right at the death takes it by the left lip. Retief Goosen lofts a decent approach in at 9 but he'll have his work cut out to grab a birdie, while over at 9 Kunichi Kuboya double bogeys to drop back to level par for the Championship. And now we're at the 18th - and Justin Rose bags a birdie for a round of 71 and he'll be two over going into day four.

1638: Tom Watson and Steve Marino, for whom life on a links course is very much a bed of roses again, both send lovely tee shots down the fairway at 8, while American compatriot Stewart Cink birdies 11 to move to one under. Englishman Lee Westwood has a similar putt to do the same, but his six-footer dribbles by the lip, while veteran Mark Calcavecchia almost slips a peach of a putt in at 8, but it drifts by.

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1632: A sensational approach to the 7th green refuses to help him to eagle but he should birdie to move back to five under - and he does. It's even better for Steve Marino, though, the American tapping in for a beautiful eagle and he storms back to two under. The leaderboard is changing more often than a teenage girl picking her prom outfit at the moment and my brain is frying. Sensational, though, isn't it?
Leaders: -5 Watson -3 Calcavecchia, Fisher -2 Goggin, Kuboya, Jimenez, Goosen, Marino -1 Westwood

1629: Australian Matty Goggin makes the most of a delicious approach to pinch a birdie at 11 and he moves up to two under, while Ross Fisher gets a nice bounce out of the rough and back on to the fairway at the par four 8th and he'll have a nice line to attack the pin with his second shot. Lee Westwood on 11 follows up an indifferent wedge with an excellent putt but it pulls up short and he has to settle for par again - at least he's making the chances, though.

From Ropey Hack Ilroy, Bangor, via text on 81111: "Anyone know what age Tom Watson is? They haven't mention it in the coverage for a good 10 seconds."
1624: Frustration for Kunichi Kuboya as he pulls up short with his par putt at 8 and he drops back to two under, and Mark Calcavecchia is also left to wonder what might have been as his birdie effort at 7 comes up short - he stays three under. It looks to be catching because Ross Fisher misses his birdie chance too - shame. Over on 18 Henrik Stenson double bogeys to drop back to two over with a round of 71.

1618: Retief Goosen does two-putt at 7 and that double bogey pushes him back to two under and sixth place. Miguel Angel Jimenez, however, takes a shot back from the course with a neat putt at 7 to go back to two under.
Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Calcavecchia, Kuboya, Fisher -2 Goosen -1 Goggin, Singh, Westwood, Jimenez

1615: It is more magic from Tom Watson and he is unfortunate his bunker escape at 6 does not get closer to the hole.
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Retief Goosen does take a drop at the par five 7 and what is now his fifth shot falls 25 feet from the pin - a bogey at best. Steve Marino stops the rot with a birdie at 6 to take him back to level par, but Watson two-putts to fall back to four under.

1610: Tom Watson finds the greenside bunker at 6 and we'll need some more magic from the sandman if he is to stay five under, while Steve Marino tees off after those horrible four holes looking like he's turned up for a fancy dress party dressed as a clown only to be told it's a memorial service. Retief Goosen has found a patch of rough at 7 not seen this side of the Valentine pub, Gants Hill, and it looks like he'll take a drop.

1604: My word Tom Watson has putted some yards today and he sinks another doozy to save par at 5. Over on 6, Ross Fisher gets out of the bunker well to give himself a good par chance, but Steve Marino's Open dream is turning into a bit of an Elm Street number as he triple putts at 5 for a double bogey, he slips to one under. By the way, if you're wondering where all the Dirsy-isms have gone, he's grabbing a break before returning for the later stages so a cheeky manual refresh will see my name appear at the top.

1601: Y'alright folks, I rejoin you as Retief Goosen leaves a birdie chance short at 6, he stays four under. Mark Calcavecchia and Ross Fisher are both wayward with their tee shots at 6, the American going right, the Englishman left and in the bunker. Both could be worse, though. Tom Watson, meanwhile, pulls a bunny out of the hat at 5, escaping a black hole of a greenside bunker to give himself half a chance of par from 10 feet. Steve Marino's par putt from off the green is admirable but off line, and he has a 10-footer for bogey. This is links golf fella.

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1555: Calcavecchia with a par at the tough 5th hole, he stays three under. Marino in a pot bunker on the 5th, he can
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only plop out with a wedge. Fisher has blinked - tiddler for par at 5, and he tugs it left. Back to three under, but he remains right in the frying pan. Four iron, 185 yards for Watson into the 5th... he squirts it right and finds the deep bunker to the right of the putting surface.

1552: Jimenez leaves his tee shot well short at the 231-yard par-three 6th. Calcavecchia with a booming tee shot at 5, and he follows up with an iron from 174 yards which is all over the flag. Westwood with a fine save at 7, he stays one under. Ross Fisher with a big, curling birdie attempt at 5, another short one for par. McDowell misses his 10-foot par putt at the last - six birdies, but a round of 71 for two over overall.

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1547: Jimenez! Bump and run at 5, and he's in for a miraculous par to stay -2. Watson leaves his birdie putt a shade high at 4. Goosen stays one shot behind leader Watson after a par at 5. Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee round in 69 blows, he's level overall. Good to see David Howell playing well - in with a 72, +3 for the tournament, and that after a double bogey at 1. Another one gone for Marino, he's back to -2 after a third successive bogey.

1544: Calcavecchia pars the 4th to stay two off leader Watson at three under. Watson finds the heart of the green at the par-three 4th, Marino shanks his tee shot shot and right. I'm pretty sure Marino has dropped to three under after bogey at 3. Indeed, he has.
Leaders: -5 Watson -4 Fisher, Goosen -3 Kuboya, Calcavecchia, Marino

1539: Fisher creating chance on every hole, another birdie putt just misses, but he'll have a short par putt to stay -4. Watson keeps on trucking, great saver for par at 3.

1536: England's Graeme Storm not holding back there about the pin position on the 15th. Wouldn't have fancied being in the trenches with Graeme, he sounds like a man who would have had you shot for talking to an officer with your hands in your pockets. Watson with a creamy third onto the putting surface at 3, par still on. Marino has a more difficult putt for a four. Westwood in some strife - ball way above his feet in some rough stuff, and he hacks his ball into more trouble down the 7th.

England's Graeme Storm: "The flag position at 15 is a disgrace, an absolute disgrace, the worst I've ever seen. The wind is directly right to left and the pin is four yards from the right side of the green and it's on a slope. Until someone gets the sack or gets punished for it then nothing will happen."

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1531: Ross Fisher bends in a long birdie putt at 3, the Englishman back to -4, one off the lead. Calcavecchia makes par to stay three under. Did I mention I've got money on Fisher? Be strong, Mrs F, be strong...

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1529: Marino with that willowy swing of his, but he gets a nasty kick into the bunker down the 3rd fairway. He'll have someone to play with, Watson's already in there. Furyk makes his 10-foot bogey putt at 7, he falls back to -1. Goosen makes par at 4 to stay four under. Jimenez also pars the 4th to stay two under.

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1526: Goosen now with a punched iron on the par-three 4th, but the wind gets it and it drifts off right. Marino misses his par putt at 2 to drop back to four under, Watson makes par and is now the sole leader. Fisher as sturdy and upright as the lighthouse overlooking the course at the moment, he's safely on in two again at the 3rd. Dreamy from Goosen, his chip out of the rough to within a couple of feet of the cup.

1522: Ireland's Paul McGinley in for a round of 70, he's two over going into the final day. Marino does all he can do with his flop out of the rough at 2, he'll have a rotter of a par putt coming back. Westwood with a beast of a birdie putt at the par-three 6th, he'll tap in for par to stay -1. Watson putting down the spine of the 2nd green, he leaves himself with 'one of those' for par...

1519: Ross Fisher's lengthy birdie putt at 2 runs out of puff, but he's giving himself chances and is in for par. Jimenez with a 30-footer for birdie at 3, but it breaks too early. Watson now, and he clips onto the 2nd green with a six iron. Not so clever from Marino, who pushes his approach right into the cabbage.

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1514: McDowell, wind clutching at his trousers, misses a short one and that's a double bogey. Two doubles in the last four holes, he's back to +2. Calcs with a putt from off the green to save par at 2, but he comes up short and falls back to -4. The 1989 cham may be 49, but he's made nine cuts of 14 this season, with two top 10 finishes, so this showing isn't an aberration.

1510: Kuboya of Japan leaves his birdie putt high at the 3rd, he'll stay three under. Steve Marino is originally from Oklahoma, but now resides in Florida, where the sun shines brighter and the ladies wear less. He just misses left with his long birdie putt at 1, but taps in for par. Watson doesn't give his birdie putt enough welly, but he too makes par. Both men retain the lead at five under.

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1506: Retief Goosen drains a 10-footer at the 2nd to get to four under. Dangerous customer, of course, and he's been threatening to find top form the last few weeks. Watson now, safe as houses into the centre of the 1st green. Marino on too. Jimenez shaves the cup with his par putt at 2, he's back to -2.

1503: Fisher's birdie putt swings right at the last second, but that's a solid par to stay three under. Calcavecchia in too to stay four under, one off the lead.

1501: Jimenez with about 205 yards to go at the 2nd, and he chases his ball up onto the green quite nicely. Calcs has got a monster for birdie from just off the 1st green... nice line, but he's left himself a nasty eight-footer. Watson finally called up by Ivor Robson, and he pings an iron down the right-half of the fairway. Steve Marino last off, and he's straight down the middle. I was just musing to myself, I wonder if anyone in the entire world backed the 29-year-old American before this tournament began?

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1455: Behold, Tom Watson. Slighted more muted applause for Steve Marino... 50P, 20P, 50P, 20P... McDowell makes birdie at 14, he's back to level. Calcavecchia tugs his approach short and left at 1. Westwood's birdie putt at 3 curls off right, he'll stay -1.

1452: Graeme McDowell on 14, and he's safely on in two - the Portrush man +1 and still right in it. An antique bump and run from Jimenez - lovely to see - and he'll have a short one to escape with a par. Cheam's Ross Fisher on tee, and he strafes an iron down the middle. Calcavecchia, with that agricultural swing of his (and how I covet it) joins him. Wife Brenda on the bag, she'll have buns like boulders by Sunday night, and probably be three inches shorter.

1446: Jimenez jabs his ball short and right of the 1st green. Peach from Goosen, he'll have a makeable birdie putt to get to four under, and one off the lead.

1444: Singh with a nervy little jab on the 1st, a shot gone. Westwood did in fact find sand left, and he's only able to punch his ball down the fairway at 3. Nice third though, he'll have a 10-foot saver. Only two more pairings to go out - Ross Fisher and 1989 champion Mark Calcavecchia, before five-time champion Tom Watson and Open rookie Steve Marino.

1442: Rose misses just left with his lengthy birdie putt at 10, he'll stay one over. Oliver Wilson in with a 71 for +3 overall, playing partner Paul Broadhurst shot 74 for +6 overall. Miguel Angel Jimenez, the first-round leader, induces groans with his tee shot at 1, he's in trouble left. No such problems for Goosen, he's straight down the middle.

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1437: That was indeed a bogey for Garcia at 4, he drops back to level. Cink pulls his tee shot into the cabbage on the 3rd, Westwood goes right, into some triffids. Stunning from Vijay, splashing out to within a few feet at the 1st.

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1434: Garcia must have been contemplating that putt for about 10 minutes, and he eventually tugs it left from six feet. I think that's a bogey at the 4th, although I'll have to check that. Cink and Westwood make par at 2, both men stay two under. Darren Clarke dropped six shots in the last seven holes, a round of 78.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "My mole tells me Mark Calcavecchia bought his wedges on Ebay because they don't make the ones he likes anymore."

1432: Westwood with a good contact at 2, but he'll have a lengthy putt for birdie. Three John Dalys! The 1995 sparks up a gasper on the 7th green, it looks like someone's thrown up on his legs on the Tube. Playing well though, level for the day, and for the tournament. Off goes Kuboya of Japan, and he's arrow-like off the tee. Vijay Singh already down there, both men three under.

1428: Drama up on the 4th green, or as dramatic as an oscillating golf ball can be. Garcia crouching over it, as if he's expecting it to hatch. Ernie Els on in two at 9, the South African +2 for the championship. Justin Rose, like Els, catches the downslope and runs to the back of the green, before legging it to the dunny.

1425: Hello, and many thanks Sam Lyon for that marathon shift. Here's Westwood at 2, and that's another fairway found. Cink already down there, just left of the bunker.

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1422: Almost two in two for Justin Rose as one slides by the eighth - he makes par - and it is agonisingly close from Lee Westwood at the first as the Englishman's 30-footer knocks twice but refuses to step through the door. Stewart Cink pars his opener too, while at the 18th Rory McIlroy completes a hat-trick of birdies to finish a round of 74 - but he is seven over and out of contention. And on that note, here's Ben Dirs.

BBC Sport's Ken Brown on Twitter: "The hardest hole so far today has been the 14th and the easiest has been the 17th."

1415: Ricky Ponting spills an absolute dolly off Ravi Bopara! Oh, sorry, wrong channel... still, if you could see Punter's face right now it's a picture, like a bulldog sucking an iron bar. Away from Lord's, Lee Westwood and
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Stewart Cink find the fairway with their opening drives, while Englishman Justin Rose makes birdie at seven to move to one under for the Championship. Sergio Garcia underlines his all too costly frailty with the putter as he pushes a birdie past at three. Tut tut tut.

1408: That's a beaut of reception right there as Lee Westwood makes his way onto the first tee. He'll play alongside Stewart Cink today and what a lovely pair of chaps that will make. Actually, they're all blooming nice aren't they? I'm struggling to think of a nasty golfer now. Does one exist? Jim Furyk holes out for par on two and he remains one under.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "Lee Westwood is on the putting green. A fan up in the stands keeps turning back and shouting "Tiger!" at him. Lee doesn't look up. Game face."

1356: Angel Cabrera, who has birdied the first in both the previous rounds, lines another up after
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sending his approach within a few feet from the fairway. At the 10th David Howell sinks a splendid putt from 10 feet for birdie and that's three birdies on the trot for the Englishman - he moves back to two over after a horror show in the opening four holes - but Thongchai Jaidee undoes a fair bit of his previous good work with a three putt at 10 to drop to one under.

1349: Safety first off the first tee from Jim Furyk, and safe it is, while Master champion Angel Cabrera drills a more ambitious iron straight down the middle. Up ahead of them Sergio Garcia two-putts for par - his Open charge depends so much on that bad boy this weekend - while Thongchai Jaidee sinks another birdie on nine to go to the turn three under for the day and two under for the Championship. Graeme McDowell takes a par at nine to stay level for the tournament.

From (farc) blueblu on 606: "I think you need to end today within four of the leader to have a chance of winning."

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "Lots of activity at the range. Vijay, Cink & Jimenez all down here. Goggin hitting the ball better one-handed than I've ever hit it with 2."

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1343: He may look like a rather tubby extra from a spoof '80s music video, but John Daly is clicking his game firmly into gear and he chips from off the green straight into the hole on three to move back level for the round and the Championship. Oliver Wilson, meanwhile, is not the first player this week to learn that the balls are not voice-controlled as his pleas of "down" go unheard/ignored and he overshoots the green at 14.

1338: Sergio Garcia - one of the biggest enigmas in the game? - takes to the first tee and that's when you know Moving Day is hotting up. Over on 16, though, the Open holder is loosening his grip on the Claret Jug.
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Padraig Harrington, who by his own admission was always going to be hampered this weekend after remodelling his action, drops another shot at 16 and he is six over today, nine over for the Championship. A fine reign from the Irishman, but it'll be over come Sunday evening.

1329: Bryce Molder completes a round of 67 to finish level par - the American leader in the clubhouse and he's moved up about 50 spots with that, nice work. Luke Donald holes out well from 10 feet to par and complete a round of 70 and if it wasn't for that 'mare at the ninth he'd be bang in the mix. Still, a wonder round tomorrow and you never know...?

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1323: More bootiful than a turkey drummer that from Graeme McDowell as he dribbles a perfect putt in at seven to make it three in a row and the Northern Irishman moves to one under. Englishman Justin Rose, however, misses another birdie chance at four with his putter misfiring, Ernie Els also settling for a par.

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1317: John Daly drops a shot at the first after finding the bunker with his second shot from the rough and then two-putting, but the fortunes are much better for Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee as he sinks a birdie at seven to move to one under for the Championship. Jaidee used to be a paratrooper in the Thai Royal Army, by the way, so good luck if you're at Turnberry and cough on his downstroke.

1313: John Daly, top half tango-ed, bottom half piccadilly sauce vomit, opens his round with a drive into the left rough at one, before England's Justin Rose slips a birdie chance narrowly left
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of the third. Ernie Els does the same with his putt - though, unfortunately that was for par - while American Bryce Molder curls one in at 17 to move to level par for the Championship, three under today.

1303: Anthony 'The' Wall, resuming on level par, goes from the cabbage to the long stuff as he hacks his way round the first hole -
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he'll drop a shot there at least, while Zach Johnson somehow rips his birdie putt at three way past and that's a bit of a 'mare to be honest. Englishman
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Paul Casey, who is out of the Championship after a bit of a horror show today, misses a snaking eagle chance at 17 but grabs a birdie to move back to eight over, and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell also sinks a birdie chance at six to go back to level par.

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1258: Zach Johnson - another American who might fancy his chances of making a push this weekend - provides a glimpse of the kind of form that won him the 2007 Masters with a chip at three tastier
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than a fistful of wine gums that leaves him a short one for birdie to get back to one over after bogeying the first. Justin Rose, meanwhile, makes up for his error on one with a lovely birdie putt on two - unlike Els, who drops a shot after that wayward second.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "You know what I said about the wind? Scrub that. By the 7th tee it's livelier than a night out with Keith Moon. Great view though."

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1253: A few more birdie putts rolling in now, with Swede Peter Hanson picking up a shot at four to with a neat six-foot putt to move to level par. Oliver Wilson's approach at 10 lands within 15 feet, though he will have liked to have been below the pin rather than above it, while Ernie Els's second at two catches the wind and he'll have an up and down from the greenside vegetable patch. Justin Rose shows him how it should be done by hitting the centre of the green.

US golfer Stewart Cink on Twitter: "The ninth tee at Turnberry is the coolest setting for a tee anywhere. Sea, rocky coastline, castle ruins, lighthouse. And wind."

1246: Luke Donald, who has had a terrific round apart from that disaster at nine, drills his tee shot down the middle at 16 - he'll be hoping to pick up a couple of shots to finish off to keep him in contention - while Oliver Wilson and Paul Broadhust both do fine, but not great, with their tee shots at the 10th.
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At six, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee slots a six-footer for birdie - birdies on six have been rarer than hen's teeth over the past few days - while Ernie Els gets the perfect start with a nice birdie on one, two better than playing partner Justin Rose who made a right donger of his chip on to the green third shot.

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1239: Justin Rose and Ernie Els get their rounds under way with good irons off the first tee, while over on two Henrik Stenson sinks a 12-footer for birdie and he goes to level par for the Championship. Oliver Wilson's second shot to nine is beauty and he will have a 20-footer for birdie -
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and he will hope to emulate Nick Watney's putt on 13, the American dribbling in a lengthy one to move back to three over. And Wilson does emulate him! Lovely putt from the Englishman, bang in the middle of the hole, and he's out in 33, level for the tournament.

BBC Sport's Ken Brown on Twitter: "Despite slightly easier pins, still very few birdies early on. Ernie Els and Justin Rose walk out onto the first tee..."

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1230: Iain Carter on his Twitter reckons four under will lead tonight, but the way scoring is going at the moment I think even that may be ambitious. Oliver Wilson does drop a shot at eight, but he's still one under for the round and one over for the tournament.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "Justin Rose still signs autographs even with just 10 mins until his tee off - top bloke. Johan Edfors finishes his quick round, back in time for 'Doctors'."

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1222: Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy followed up that eagle at seven before with a double at eight, and he is finding things tougher than a breezeblock sandwich today, and Oliver Wilson looks like he's going to drop a shot at eight after finding the long grass off the tee and having to lay-up - he has a 40-footer for par, there.

1215: As BBC Two resumes it's coverage, and with just under three hours to go until the leaders resume, Paul Broadhurst pings a delightful tee shot down the middle of the eighth amid reports that the wind is getting stronger by the minute. It hasn't troubled Paddy Harry, though, as he sends his drive at 10 onto the fairway - he shot a 38 for his front nine and is six over. South African Thomas Aitken, meanwhile, birdies 10 to go two under for the day - without a bogey - and one over for the tournament.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "Chatted with Mark James re:Tiger, that'll be on the golf blog soon. Time to head out. Clouds breaking, sun trying to get through. Wind seems a bit lighter."

BBC Sport's Iain Carter on Twitter: "In the commentary box right now - going out with Ross Fisher this afternoon - he has a great chance, so too Westy & Garcia. But with nine shots covering the field, it's the open Open."

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1156: Oliver Wilson, who has been a bit quiet since the Ryder Cup to be fair, is putting a run together out there and his putter is working nicely,
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the Englishman grabbing a birdie two at six to move to level par for the Championship. Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, is rewarded for a super approach at seven and he sinks his eagle putt from eight feet to jump back to six over.

1154: Padraig Harrington lines up his tee shot on eight having indeed bogeyed the last hole,
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but his tee shot flies right again and it's in the lap of the Gods again as to how his ball is lying. David Howell, vying for the title of the nicest man in golf, kicks his round off with... a double bogey. Ouch. Apparently the Englishman went out of bounds and he's back to three over.

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1147: Johan Edfors, playing on his own, is more keen even than I to get to the 19th hole, clearly, because he's already through 17 holes, three over for the day, seven over for the Championship. He'll have a playing
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partner tomorrow, which is nice. Meanwhile, Englishman Oliver Wilson sends a 20-footer home at five for birdie to move to one over for the Championship and Paul McGinley sinks a nice birdie putt on two to join him.

From andythetoonfan on 606: "Here's hoping Lee Westwood has a good round today - he's a brilliant player who deserves to win a major and I feel he's in the form of his life."

1138: Padraig Harrington gets a decent lie in the rough at seven, but his wood flies way right into deeper veg. It's a par five, though, of course and no-one scraps harder than Harrington. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, who did double the fifth, almost aces the sixth - his three wood tee shot bouncing twice and then twanging off the flag and away. He misses the birdie chance, though, and he's five over for the day through six, eight over for the Championship.

1130: Rory McIlroy is about as solid as a Big Brother romance out there and a woeful par putt at five goes so far wide he will struggle to get away with just a bogey. Paul McGinley just pulls a lengthy birdie putt by at the first and he gets his round started with a par, as does playing partner and former Open champion Tom Lehmann.
Leaders: -5 Marino, Watson -4 Calcavecchia -3 Singh, Kuboya, Jimenez, Goosen, Fisher -2 Googin, Cink, Westwood & two others

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1126: Bit of a break for Luke Donald as the lad who finds his ball on nine admits to stepping on it and so the Englishman gets a drop - fortunate because his ball was buried deeper than the Titanic at first glance. But he drops his approach wide on the green, misses his par putt, and pulls a 10-footer for bogey wide -
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a double for him and he's back to four over. Paddy Harry drops a gorgeous three-wood approach on to the sixth green to give himself an outside chance of birdie on one of the hardest holes on the course. American Bryce Molder, meanwhile, drifts a gorgeous putt in an nine to go into the turn birdie-birdie on three over.

1118: Darren Clarke - one of my personal heroes - has made a lovely par start and he gives himself a chance of birdie at four with a splendid tee shot that finishes 20 feet from the hole. Steve Stricker almost goes even better on eight by nearly dropping his approach straight into the hole - it rolls on and he'll have a 15-footer for birdie. Luke Donald, who had a horrible lie after his tee shot at nine, is now recruiting punters to look for his ball after sending his second shot 100 yards across the course and into the rough on the other side of the fairway.

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1111: Paul Broadhurst - the leading Englishman on the course - looks like he's triple-putted on two and he drops back two over, alongside compatriot Luke Donald
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who is concrete-esque in his consistency with six straight pars. American Steve Stricker is the form man, though, as he drops a 10-footer in at seven to go two under for the day, one over for the tournament.

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1103: Rory McIlroy has taken a leaf out of Paul Casey's book it seems and has come out bogey-bogey-bogey, missing his par putt at the third from six feet. Padraig Harrington gets a lovely lie after a wayward tee shot at the fourth and chips his approach
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to within a few feet - he should save par there - while uncelebrated American Nick Watney shows us all touches of genius are there to be flaunted today by chipping straight into the hole from the greenside rough at six.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Just been chatting to Wayne Grady about Tiger Woods's woes. He says the swing is nowhere near as good as 2000 and the ball is taking off on wrong line."

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1055: Padraig Harrington finds the jungle at three and looks to be in trouble - only to pull a terrific iron out of the bag that gets a flier and falls only a few yards short of the green. An up and down from there and he saves par - but he can't make it and two-putts for a five.
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Elsewhere, a lesson learned to anyone foolish enough to trust my guts instincts, as Rory McIlroy follows a bogey at the first with another at two. To be fair, there are more bogeys out there right now than in an eight-year-old's weekly diet and just six players - including Englishman Paul Broadhust and American Steve Stricker - are sub-par for their round.

1048: Outside of a home winner, who doesn't want five-time Open champion Tom Watson to steal the glory come Sunday evening here? As sensational a story as it would already be, it's been given an added fillip with the news from R&A chief executive Peter Dawson that, although the age limit for former champions is 60 at the Open, Watson would "get another 10 years" of automatic Open entry should he win here this weekend. That not only means St Andrew's next year needn't be the 59-year-old's final Open, but that he could potentially be an Open winner at the grand old age of 70! Old Tom Morris eat your heart out, son.

1042: Missed chance for the wannabe hat-trick hero as Harrington pushes his birdie attempt at two right - but he takes the par and judging by the look in his eye he's focused on tearing up some trees at Turnberry today.

From Neil via text on 81111: "I'm sat on a stunning tropical beach on the perhentian islands off Malaysia following this on my phone. Love it! Please lets have a British champion."

1040: Padraig Harrington has kicked his round off at a right royal pace, I tell you, and after a dreamy tee shot at the second, the holder lands a doozy of an approach 10 foot from the hole to give himself a smashing chance of a birdie-birdie start. Englishman Luke Donald, meanwhile, is steady as a rock, following up his birdie at the first with four pars - lovely stuff.

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1032: Contrasting fortunes for Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy at the first - the former dribbling in a gorgeous putt to snatch a birdie and move back up to two over, the latter finding the bunker off the tee and having to lay up.
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Paul Casey continues to hack his way from long grass to cabbage further up the course and he bogeys five to drop to eight over already, while compatriot Graeme Storm and Scot Paul Lawrie are also finding dropped shots all too easy to come by.

1023: Northern Irishman Rory 'Krusty the Klown' McIlroy makes his way to the first tee and it'll be interesting to see how he fares this weekend - he's been more topsy-turvy than a student after a night on the laughing juice on days one and two, but he has more golfing talent than you can shake a stick at, and I have a suspicion he can go on a charge here. The 2007 silver medallist could do worse than have a word with playing partner Dan Gaunt, of course, after the Aussie shot the round of the day - a 67 - on Friday. A brief highlight on an otherwise disappointing day of sport for Australia (*cough* the Ashes *cough*).

From Mark in Dumfries via text on 81111: "I had a bacon roll at Turnberry once. The £8 price tag probably means it'll be my last. It was however made up of half a pig and a roll the size of a Shingo Katayama cowboy hat."

1017: Padraig Harrington - lovely reception for the big man - takes an iron off the first and he pings down the fairway, slightly to the left. Playing partner Ryuji Imada of Japan follows suit. Paul Casey, meanwhile, stops the rot with a par on four, but American Paul Goydos is leaking shots all over the place - a bogey on five taking him back to eight over.

1013: American Steve Stricker, who was bang up there among the leaders before six bogeys on his back nine yesterday, kicks his third round off with par-par and I know of a few peeps who are tipping him to kick on this morning. We're moments away from Padraig Harrington's opening tee shot and, whilst I haven't seen BBC One's script, I'm guessing we can enjoy plenty of coverage of the holder's round today. Get the tea and toast ready and settle in.

From 2o-DeMoN-o9 on 606: "I pick Kenichi Kuboya as a surprise winner. It'll be a nice change, just to prove that shocks occasionally do happen."

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1004: Deary me, has someone spiked Paul Casey's bacon buttie? The Englishman makes it a hat-trick of bogeys at the third and the world number three needs to stop the hemorrhaging soon or he'll be double-figures over before you can say "Where's Tiger?" Luke Donald remains the only man sub-par on the course.

From RKW - Heart and Pole on 606: "The championship has the chance of being a memorable one now the favourite is out. Padraig Harrington to take the title."

0955: Folks, for (possibly) the last time today, use that F5 key and the magic of moving pictures will appear at the top of this page, ready for our 1000 BST kick off. Just in time to watch Padraig Harrington attempt to put his newly-modelled swing into good use.

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0948: Paul Casey appears to be picking up where he left off yesterday, unfortunately, as the Englishman gets the tissues out to mop up his bogey-bogey start.
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He drops to six over and his Open challenge is wilting like a Mini Milk on Walton beach. Compatriot Luke Donald, on the other hand, gets just the start he was looking for as he picks up a shot at the first to move to two over - can he make a push this weekend?

From Tim in Southend via text on 81111: "Re Gareth - Sergio hasn't got the putter to win a major. Look at the USPGA last year, it was his to lose and he duly obliged. Ross Fisher is swinging better than anyone at the moment - four top 10s in a row, his time is coming. Just need his wife to hold on for two more days!"

From Natalie, Glasgow via text on 81111: "Will be keeping up with the news via mobile internet as I'm working today (boo!). Hope I'm not the only one who would love to see Tom Watson win!"

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0934: The par three fourth already looks a pin to make some scores on, and American Mark O'Meara takes advantage to bag a two - the first time he hasn't bogeyed that whole all tournament - and he moves to three over. Give this page a cheeky refresh, by the way, and you'll see a link to our 606 page in all it's blue-and-grey glory. Heady times indeed.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "Tea machine back up and running. Minor crisis in the press tent averted. Phew. That was close."

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0928: Birdies and eagles thinner on the ground at Turnberry than a snail run over by a dumper truck, with just the solitary picked-up shot in almost the first hour.
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That honour was earned by Swede Johan Edfors, birdieing the par three four to move back to four over for the Championship. However, the news is not so good for
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Englishman Paul Casey, Scot Paul Lawrie and American Paul Goydos, though, with all three dropping a shot at the first. Not sure what the pin positions are like today, but they can hardly be trickier than yesterday's surely? A few were shrouded in sandbags and camouflage on Friday.

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BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Watched Johan Edfors kick off round three. Rain started straight after. Looks set in. Can't see them shooting the lights out. Time to grind."

From Kyle in Leamington via text on 81111: "I can't believe everyone is ignoring the fact that a certain amazing Ross Fisher is in with a brilliant chance of winning this! Come on Ross!!!"

0917: We have seven players out on the course at the moment, and let's just say conditions aren't what you'd necessarily hope for if you've lined up two weeks away in the Algarve. Yesterday, pars felt like birdies at times, and I think we might have a case of that this morning as well - so
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Englishman Graeme Storm will afford himself a pat on the back as he takes a four at the first. Frenchman Thomas Levet, on the other hand, looks like he's caught a whiff of his playing partner's sweaty socks as he flops to six over with a double bogey six at the opening hole. Low scores later, though, I forecast.

From Gareth via text on 81111: "Tip for the weekend... whoever drives it best will win. Can't see past Sergio Garcia as long as he doesn't get the three jabs."

From Tom, Leeds via text on 81111: "Villegas is my pick. Strong and efficient with enough flair to conjure something up when he needs to. On the verge of a big win methinks. Or a Scandanavian. Plenty of them in the running. But the Colombian is much better looking."

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0906: Now then, Moving Day is officially under way and Swede Johan Edfors is our very first mover of the day - only it's downwards, unfortunately. He takes a bogey five at the second to fall back to five over, while American Mark O'Meara and Australian Robert Allenby get their rounds off to steady starts with pars at the first.

0901: Apologies, folks, if you've been reading me since first thing this morning - our TV coverage online, on the red button and on BBC Two, kicks off at 1000 BST, not 0900. I must have been thinking it was still Friday - much like Tiger Woods probably wishes it was. Anyway, stick with me until 1000 and I'll chat you through the early movers and shakers.

0855: And there's just time for me to remind you all to get involved in a massive way via text on 81111 and on 606 from 0900, and I'll publish what I deem to be the best/most relevant/most irreverent of them, therefore making a select few of you web famous for 15 minutes. A real dear diary moment and no mistake.

0849: Working from the bottom of the leaderboard up doesn't mean we don't have a whole host of stars out and about early doors, though, folks. Home favourite Paul Lawrie is out at 0910, Englishmen Paul Casey and Luke Donald are out at 0920 and 0930 respectively, Irishman and holder Padraig Harrington, still holding out hope for three in a row, tees off at 1015, and everybody's favourite mop-haired trendster Rory McIlroy goes at 1025. Like I say, a host of contenders, and that's just a wee small sample. We'll have moving pictures on the website (UK users only), the Red Button and BBC Two kicking from 1000. You love it.

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BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Morning all. A damp start with brooding clouds over Turnberry. Forecast sun later. Might wear my trunks."

0840: Johan Edfors of Sweden is the first man out on the course and he will be playing all on his lonesome today, bless 'im. He resumes on four over, the cut mark, and - as always - we'll be working from the bottom up in terms of tee times.

0837: So what a day it was yesterday. Thursday's blue skies and fair wind were replaced with blustery conditions and wet weather - and it played absolute havoc, like a kid let loose on in a sweet shop after too much fizzy pop. A host of major champions missed the cut, a bundle of dark horses stepped into the limelight, and Sandy Lyle and Colin Montgomerie continued to snipe at each other like two grandads fighting over the last chewy toffee at Christmas. Some kept their calm, though, and none more so than Open legend Tom Watson and relative unknown Steve Marino - a man who hadn't played a links course before this week. Those two lead at Turnberry with two rounds to play - but you don't have to be Yoda to understand a buggy-full of golf is still to be played out there. Where's your money?

0835: Those who witnessed the day's play at the Open yesterday, mark it in your diaries. Rarely - and possible never - again will you see Tiger Woods play so poorly. The world number one looked like he was clubbing with a garden spade at times and as a result he missed the cut in a major championship for only the second time in his professional career. This Championship just got blown wide open.




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