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By Ben Dirs

1958: Gracious stuff from Cink, who salutes Tom, the course and Scotland. Watson takes a peak over, he'll have to go back a few years to see his name on the Jug. And that's about it folks. Many thanks for keeping me company over the last four days, we've shared some great memories. We almost witnessed a miracle, we almost got a British champion, but at least we are able to salute a worthy champion. Night!

1950: The presentation now, and Italian wonder kid Matteo Manassero is presented with the Silver Medal. The 16-year-old finished tied for 13th, quite extraordinary. Tom Watson picks up his Silver Salver, before Cink raises aloft the Claret Jug, which is in American hands for seventh time in 10 years.

Open champion Stewart Cink "Extraordinary, it's been a surreal experience. Playing against Tom Watson, this just doesn't happen. I grew up watching him and hoping I could follow in his footsteps. I'm happy just to be a part of it let alone win. The most crucial putt I've ever struck. Nothing even comes close. It's just such a sweet feeling to hole one at that moment. I felt calm all week about the course, I played some links in Ireland. I found my swing before the tournament started and that helped me hit the ball solid and my putting was right on target all week. I played with Lee Westwood yesterday so I knew what it was like not to have the crowd on my side. It's not the first time I've been the under the radar guy."

1943: "Perhaps it's not the fairytale you hope for, but that's real life," texts Emma from Glasgow. Too true, Emma, too true, although fairytales do happen, there's one happening down at Lord's at the moment. Only problem is, it's a bunch of Australians making it happen.

1943: "Perhaps it's not the fairytale you hope for, but that's real life," texts Emma from Glasgow. Too true, Emma, too true, although fairytales do happen, there's one happening down at Lord's at the moment. Only problem is, it's a bunch of Australians making it happen.

1938: Watson still manages a smile, however forced, as he makes his way to the scorer's hut, but that bogey at 18 will accompany him until his dying days. The engraver puts the finishing touches to Cink's gold medal, and at least Tom can console himself with the knowledge that his sock draw is already bulging with plenty of those.

1933: For the first time a broad grin splits Cink's face, and his cap comes off to reveal an immaculately bald pate, which will probably be a shock for the casual followers of the game. Watson playing municipal stuff now, standing over his third in the rough and hacking out with little thought, but he does manage to rouse the crowd with a neat bump and run to within a few feet, before rolling in. Cink steadies himself... and he drains his birdie putt from six feet to win the 138th Open Championship.
After three holes: -2 Cink +4 Watson

1929: Free drop for Tom, who apologises to the gallery before quipping: "The way I'm hitting it, I might hit you..." Tom's gone, baby, Tom's gone, his second ending up behind the bank left of the green. Cink with a wedge, and he very nearly sinks it, no pun intended. Good on the locals, they give him his due.
After three holes: -1 Cink +3 Watson

1927: Cink safely down the fairway with iron, Watson sends them ducking in the gallery with a wild tee shot off to the right... strange old affair this, the sympathy for Watson rather overshadowing any acclaim for Cink at the moment.
After three holes: -1 Cink +3 Watson

1923: Watson misses his testy bogey putt coming back, that's a rather depressing double. Cink in for his birdie, he takes a four-shot lead to the 18th tee. Muted applause from the gallery, but you shouldn't take anything away from the Cinkster, it's not his fault... it's not his fault...
After three holes: -1 Cink +3 Watson

1920: That looked in all the way from Watson for long range, but just died off to the right at the last moment. Watson can't do any better than a bogey six. Cink cosies his lengthy eagle putt up to the hole, he'll have a tap-in for birdie.
After two holes: level Cink +1 Watson

1917: Watson looking every one of his 59 years now. He hits a rather tired-looking iron onto the front of the green, but he's had four blows, and Cink's closer with two.
After two holes: level Cink +1 Watson

1915: Huge anti-climax this, as Watson pokes his third shot up the fairway 50 yards or so. Cink, smasher of fairytales, but creator of his own, fizzes a long iron up onto the green.
After two holes: level Cink +1 Watson

1911: Lost ball I'm afraid. No-one saw it land, and we've got a handful of people dredging for it now. They've found it, but he's not advancing that, looks like he'll have to take a drop... "I don't know if I can get it out of there, but I'll give it a try," drawls Watson, as if he's talking about a spider his wife's found in the plughole. He does try, but only succeeds in finding more cabbage...
After two holes: level Cink +1 Watson

1908: The players are spun up to the 17th tee, where 23 birdies and three eagles have been made today. Cink likes that, zipping his drive into the first cut to the left of the fairway. Wind off the right, and Tom, looking weary now, tugs his drive into the deep stuff. Looks like the miracle's off. Unless there's a miracle.
After two holes: level Cink +1 Watson

1905: No mistakes from Cink, brushing in from five feet to maintain his one-shot lead.
After two holes: level Cink +1 Watson

1903: Cink leaves his attempted birdie putt a few inches high, and there's a bit of chicken left on that bone. Watson from 10 feet... what an up and down that is, bang in the middle of the hole...
After one hole: level Cink +1 Watson

1901: "You're a hero Tom," shouts a member of the gallery, but he won't feel like one right now, standing at the bottom of a steep bank, with no view of the green. He swings, gets his head down and marches forward, only the cheers of the crowd telling him he's got a makeable putt for par.
After one hole: level Cink +1 Watson

1858: The players move to the par-three 6th, a long one at 231 yards. Cink with a stroke of luck, his ball landing right of the green and nipping left. Watson looking distinctly rickety now, the wind swinging his tee shot off to the right and into the gallery. Things falling apart...
After one hole: level Cink +1 Watson

1853: Watson must get this close, with Cink lurking over his eight-footer... doozy of a putt from Tom, he'll have a tap-in for bogey. Disappointing after that tee shot, wrong club with his second. Cink, directly below the hole, finds the left-side of the cup to draw first blood.
level Cink +1 Watson

1850: Tom's right up against the lip, but he's on the upslope, which will help him chuck it up quickly. Cink is tucked up against the left hand side, but he's just about got enough room to get his feet in there. Cink first, and he splashes out about eight feet short. Watson can only plop his out, he's got a monster for par.

1848: Cink, wind off the left, fires a four iron into the bunker front right. Advantage Watson, it's matchplay now, but the old fella has stuck his approach into the bunker front left...

Ross via text on 81111: "If Watson wins it'll get him 1.35 million Ryder Cup points and almost certain qualification, wonder if Tom would fancy another crack at the Europeans?"

1841: Watson has a ferret around in the velvet bag, and he pulls out the honour. He'll tap off first... wind directly off the left, Watson belts his drive straight down the middle of the 474-yard par-four 5th. Cink joins him down there, but 30 feet or so shy...

TC, Pimlico, via text on 81111: "Poor old Cink is on the threshold of being the most unpopular winner in Open history."

1836: Watson and Cink are ferried down to the 5th tee, where Ivor Robson is there to greet them. Magnificent vista over the Ayrshire coast, Watson silhouetted as he waits for combat to begin.

Lee Westwood on BBC Sport: "I thought I'd made an eagle at 17, thought I'd made a putt at 16 and thought I'd hit a good shot at 15 but just went into that trap. I am feeling fairly low now having three-putted the last but 18 is not an easy hole. You can make bogey there but if you hit the fairway you can make birdie. I figured I would need to make birdie to tie Tom. It is fantastic to be in the thick of it and it is right where you want to be."

1829: So, we've got a four-hole play-off, as is always the way in the Open Championship. It's five-time champion Tom Watson, bidding to become the oldest major champion, head-to-head against his fellow American and world number 33 Stewart Cink.

US down
US up
1825: Watson stands over his 10 foot par putt... but he's strangled that, that was never on line, and we've got a two-way play-off. Leaders: -2 Cink, Watson -1 Westwood, Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

1825: Mathew Goggin very nearly holes his lengthy birdie putt, but the ball has a look right and decides not to drop... a round of 73, he finishes in a tie for fifth... Leaders: -3 Watson -2 Cink -1 Westwood, Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

1823: Blimey, that's jittery from Watson. His putter suddenly feels like a length of scaffolding in his hands, and he races his putt from the back of the green 10 feet by. He's got a horror putt for par and the Open Championship. Leaders: -3 Watson -2 Cink -1 Westwood, Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin


1820: Watson now with his second into the 18th... plenty of adrenaline, right on line, and his ball races through. He'll have a testy third back up the hump. The gallery can't quite believe what they're seeing, I can't quite believe what I'm seeing. "No point sticking any money on him, whatever his odds," I said to my housemate a couple of days ago, "it will be a miracle if he's still leading on Sunday night..." 'The Duel in the Sun', 'The Miracle of Turnberry', I like the sound of that...Leaders: -3 Watson -2 Cink -1 Westwood, Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
1817: Westwood's blown it - he doesn't want to die wondering and races his monster birdie putt miles past, before missing his par putt coming back. Three bogeys in the last four holes, back in 38, that doesn't win you majors I'm afraid...Leaders: -3 Watson -2 Cink -1 Westwood, Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

1814: Watson stands on the 18th tee, perhaps just one solid tee shot separating the 59-year-old from his sixth Open Championship. That swing's not rusting up, he pings a rescue straight down the middle... Leaders: -3 Watson -2 Westwood, Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

1812: Westwood in the sand at 18... he chucks it up there... AND WHAT A SHOT THAT IS! He's on in two, but good luck with making that one disappear...Leaders: -3 Watson -2 Westwood, Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

US up
1809: Goosen in for a 72, he finishes level. Goggin cosies his birdie effort up to the cup at 17, he'll have a tap-in to stay level. Watson using his putter from the fringe... his ball bends off right, he'll be in for a birdie four - and the outright lead... in it goes, it's Tom's to lose now...Leaders: -3 Watson -2 Westwood, Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

1806: Watson wraps his hybrid round his ball at 17, and the old fella can still give it some welly, that's gone skipping right through. You'd have to say the five-time champion is favourite to win this, every chance of a birdie there. Has Westwood blown it? He yanks his drive into the sand at 18. Leaders: -2 Watson, Westwood, Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "There's a very embarrassed hack here in media tent. Shouted 'Go on' as Watson holed a long putt. It was video from Saturday. Got a big clap."

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
1801: Watson and Cink, both of America, lead the 138th Open Championship on two under par, but a certain Lee Westwood of Worksop might have something to say about that. Ross Fisher leaves his eagle putt just left at 17, as Goosen chucks his second into the heart of the green at 18. Westwood sends his eagle putt on its way... stays right... stays right... STAYS RIGHT! Missed by the width of a fag paper, but that's still a birdie and he's back into a share of the lead. Leaders: -2 Watson, Westwood, Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

US up
1755: Westwood's got a break at 17, nice lie, and he bends an absolutely miraculous iron out of the rough and into the heart of the green. He's got a very makeable putt for eagle. Cink sends one on its way at 18... BIRDIE! The American has the clubhouse lead at two under, put your feet up Chris Wood.Leaders: -2 Watson, Cink -1 Westwood, Wood level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

1753: Not a great putt from Watson at 16, it wasn't even a good one. He'll have a tester now to make par, just as Chris Wood makes his way to the range... Stewart Cink with a doozy of a second into the 18th, hole that and he's two under. Third successive bogey for Goggin, the Tasmanian back to even. You know what? Tom Watson might win his sixth Open - unerring with his par putt, he's one-up with two to play... Leaders: -2 Watson -1 Westwood, Wood, Cink level Donald, Goosen, Goggin

1749: CORRECTION! That was Goggin left of the green, Watson is right into the heart. Westwood pulls out the big stick and heaves his tee shot left at 17. That's not good, he would have wanted a birdie - at least - on that hole. Goosen for eagle at 17... HE'S BACK TO LEVEL! Leaders: -2 Watson -1 Westwood, Goggin, Wood, Cink level Donald, Goosen

It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
1742: Cink misses his makeable birdie putt at 17, he stays one under. Westwood in a spot of bother at 16 - nervy prod on, and his par putt from 25 feet misses by a whisker. Tom Watson, all 59 years of him, is the outright leader...Leaders: -2 Watson -1 Westwood, Goggin, Wood, Cink level Donald

1741: Cink leaves himself with a 10-footer for birdie at 17 after an efficient bunker escape. Westwood, who found Wilson's Burn on day one, shows his fear, firing his second to the left of the green at 16. Fisher all over the flag, but his challenge is long gone. Watson ding-dongs his drive down the middle at 16. Leaders: -2 Westwood, Watson -1 Goggin, Wood, Cink level Donald

1737: Goggin, like Westwood before him, splashes 15 feet past the hole at 15. Watson is due a monster... but he doesn't give it enough welly and he stays two under. Goggin drops off the pace as they round the final bend, the Australian back to one under...Leaders: -2 Westwood, Watson -1 Goggin, Wood, Cink level Donald

Sunshine
1733: Watson right on line off the tee at 15, but he comes up 25 feet short of the flag. Goggin, strength of 10 men, puts his through the back... and into a bunker. Westwood up on 16, three wood, and he melts one down the middle 335 yards. Cink on 17, and he finds sand with his second...Leaders: -2 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -1 Wood, Cink level Donald

It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
1729: Does anyone want to win the 138th Open? If I was Chris Wood, I'd be hitting a few balls on the practice range - Westwood tugs his par putt left at 15, he's back in a tie for the lead at two under. Young South African Thomas Aiken is in with a 69, he finishes one over. Leaders: -2 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -1 Wood, Cink level Donald

US down
1727: Cink throws another shot away, missing with a makeable par putt at 16. He drops back to -1, but this is getting hairy. Westwood found the sand off the tee at 15, and his escape races 15 feet by. He might not have the outright lead for long. Leaders: -3 Westwood -2 Goggin, Watson -1 Wood, Cink level Donald

1724: Westwood's tee shot at 15 skips through, hops over the cup, and races over the back. Goggin misses his par putt at 14, he drops out of the lead to leave Westwood at the tip of the spear. But for how long? Leaders: -3 Westwood -2 Goggin, Watson, Cink -1 Wood level Donald

US down
1720: Farewell, dear Goose, farewell. Double at 15, he's back to two over. Furyk has had an absolute stinker today, seven over for his round and he's back at +5. Watson loses a shot, just a fraction high, and he's back to two under. Leaders: -3 Westwood, Goggin -2 Watson, Cink -1 Wood level Donald

Chris Wood on BBC TV: "I played so good all day, really steady and never felt like I was making many mistakes. I felt really comfortable out there. I hit a great putt on the alst but can't do any better than that. I didn't really know I was co-leader at the 13th. I took a couple of cheeky looks at the leaderboard but my caddy didn't really let me although he did keep informing me what was going on. Last year (when he finished as leading amateur) definitely helped. I think my score may be one or two short but you never know."

1720: Watson clips his third onto the putting surface at 14, but it won't be easy getting down for par from there. Good escape from Goggin, but he'll have a slippery one coming downhill for par. Leaders: -3 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -2 Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen

1716: Watson gets a low runner out of the fairway rough at 14, he's still 40 yards short. Goggin's ball is first barracked by the wind before being gobbled up by the bunker front left. If we do have a play-off by the way, they will play 5, 6, 17 and 18. Goosen's challenge turns to sand at 15 - he leaves one in, before splashing out to with a few feet. He'll drop back to at least one over. Leaders: -3 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -2 Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen

1713: Westwood safely in at 15, he marches on. Fisher follows him in, cracking up and down, he stays two over and in a share of 13th. Leaders: -3 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -2 Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen

1713: It's not been nice watching Fisher today, especially if you backed the nice young man from Ascot, and his tee shot at the 15th has a sandy end. Has Cink blown it? He appears to have found a bush at 16, and he might have to take a drop. Wonderful shot from Westwood at 15, smashing a putter across the green to within a few feet of the hole. Fisher plays one of the shots of the day, splashing out of a pot bunker to within a couple of feet. Leaders: -3 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -2 Cink -1 Wood level Donald, Goosen

1707: Westwood smashes his drive down the middle at 14. Boo Weekley's missus will be fingering her credit cards with relish, he's putting a very handy round together - +1 after 16, in a tie for ninth. Stewart Cink makes that birdie putt at 15, he's back to two under and one off the lead. Goggin muffs his birdie attempt at 13, Watson very nearly makes his monster disappear, but it comes up just short. Leaders: -3 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -2 Cink -1 Wood

1703: Tom Watson safely on in two at 13, that old swing of his showing no signs of creaking. Goggin has given himself every chance of grabbing the outright lead, he'll have an eight-footer for birdie.
Leaders: -3
Westwood, Goggin, Watson -1 Wood, Cink

1700: Ross Fisher with a 10-footer for birdie at 13, but he's never recovered from that quadruple at 5 and leaves it short. He stays two over. Cink recovers quickly from that little dig in the guts at the 14th, sending his tee shot right over the flag at 15. Westwood misses with his birdie attempt at 13, he stays in a share of the lead at three under.
Leaders: -3
Westwood, Goggin, Watson -1 Wood, Cink

US down
1657: Westwood with a nine iron into the 13th... difficult green to hold, it's like a marble table top, but he stops it 10 feet short of the cup. Shot gone for Cink at 14, he drops back to -1... cracking second from Fisher at 13, he'll have a makeable birdie putt to get back to +1. Thomas Aiken, the unheralded South African, up to level par with birdie at 16.

1655: Cink a little heavy with his chip on at 14, he's got a 15-footer coming back for par. Goggin taps in for par at 12, and Watson follows him in. Both men remain in a share of the lead at three under with six holes to go.
Leaders: -3
Westwood, Goggin, Watson -2 Cink

From northwalestaff on 606: "At the current rate I reckon we could see a 3-4 way tie at the end of 72 holes."

1650: Wood fluffs his chip on at 18, he's got a horrible putt for par. Watson has got away with that tee shot at 12, and he nudges his ball just left of the putting surface with his second blow. Not bad from Goggin, just onto the front. Cink at 14, and this hole is proving troublesome - just five birdies today. And so it is for the American, he comes up well short. Wood leaves his par putt inches left at 18, he finishes with a fine 67 for -1 and the clubhouse lead.

1648: Westwood with a par-saver at 12... and that's brave, gave it enough tap, and it drops. A slight touch of the peak, a Mona Lisa smile, the Worksop man enjoying himself. Richard Johnson's challenge is over - a double at 14 takes him back to two over.

1645: Wood finds the first cut with his drive at 18, as John Daly pops in for par at 18 to finish four over and in a share of 27th. Watson yanks his drive into the gallery at 12... Westwood very nearly holes his chip and run at 12, but he'll have a nasty one for par coming back. Wood through the green with his second at 18, but it's a holeable chip.

US up
1640: Watson with a lengthy birdie putt across the 11th green... AND HE'S RUDDY HOLED IT! Watson back into a share of the lead. Goggin makes par to keep it a three-way tie.
Leaders: -3
Westwood, Goggin, Watson -2 Wood, Cink

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
US up
1638: Chris Wood, straight as an arrow with a 15-foot birdie putt at 17, is up to two under. Goggin safely onto the dancefloor off the tee at 11, and Watson follows him on. You'd crawl over broken glass to have a swing like Tom's, even at 59. John Daly bends in a monster eagle putt at 17 to get back to +4. Famed for his long hitting, but he's got the touch of a miniature portrait painter around the greens. Cink moves to two under with a long birdie putt at 13.

1632: Watson's birdie attempt at 10 slides off to the right, he remains one behind Westwood on two under. Goggin into a share of the lead! Nerveless from the Australian. Australia might be one down in the Ashes at the end of today, but they might have an Open champion. Westwood goes close with his lengthy birdie putt at 11, he'll stay four under.
Leaders: -3
Westwood, Goggin -2 Watson -1 Wood, Goosen, Cink

1630: Goggin absolutely marmalised his tee shot down the 10th, and he stiffs his second to within 10 feet. Dangerous floater, the Goggler...

1629: Wood with a long iron into the 17th green, wind off the right... he's just off to the right, but he gets a handy kick to the left. Watson now, and he scuttles on at 10. Fifteen-footer for birdie back down the green. Westwood at the short par-three 11th. Nine iron, and he's slightly long. Respectable, very respectable.

It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
1626: Decent attempt from Westwood, his ball staggering towards the cup, lurching this way and that like a Saturday night drunk, but he comes up short and that's a shot gone at 10. Goosen finds sand off the tee at 12. Nothing happening for Fisher now, he stays +2 after lipping out at 10.
Leaders: -3
Westwood -2 Watson, Goggin -1 Wood, Goosen, Cink

1623: Westwood with a low scuttler onto the 10th, he'll have a quick, downhill putt for par. Goggin digs out the big fella at 10 and slathers his ball to the right of the fairway. Johnson of Sweden - American father, apparently, safely on in two at the 13th.

US down
1621: Sterling effort from Watson at 9, but his long par putt starts right and stays right all the way. Shot gone, the five-time winner back to two under. Westwood scythes out of the rough stuff at 10, and that's a pretty good result. Goggin reaches the turn in 36, he's not going anywhere. The Goose burns the let-hand edge of the cup at 11, he'll stay one under.
Leaders: -4
Westwood -2 Watson, Goggin -1 Wood, Goosen, Cink

1618: Goggin a little bit fiery with his third at the 9th, Watson has left himself a brute of a putt for par. Thomas Aiken of South Africa has birdied the 13th to move to +1.

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
1615: Goggin comes up soft at the 9th, and that's not great from Watson either. Luke Donald's birdie putt dives left, but that's a round of 67 for the clubhouse lead at level par. Playing partner Steve Stricker in with a 76. Retief with a nine iron into the 175-yard par-three 11th, and he finds the heart.

US up
1611: Stewart Cink back in the red after a 15-foot birdie putt at 11. The American challenge bubbling under. Chris Wood with a very handy birdie attempt at 16... misses just left, he'll stay -1.
Leaders: -4
Westwood -3 Watson -2 Goggin -1 Wood, Goosen, Cink

1610: Donald, looking to post a figure, with a magnificent short iron into the 18th. A birdie there and he's one under and clubhouse leader. Westwood leaves his birdie putt way right at 9, but he should stay four under.
Leaders: -4
Westwood -3 Watson -2 Goggin -1 Wood, Goosen

1608: Watson with a nerveless save at 8, he stays one off the lead. Wood safely on in two at the par-four 16th. The Goose, wind tugging at his trousers, pulls of a gem of an approach at 10, he'll have a makeable putt for birdie. Johnson of Sweden on the 12th - he flirts with the bunker front left, but skips by.

From SpeakingCivilised on 606: "On this course, it takes only one hole to blow away your chances.Watson should hang in there waiting for a double or triple bogey from Westy. Not that I am wishing."

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
1605: Donald pops in for birdie at 17, he's three under for his round and level overall. Stewart Cink of the United States, and that's a dropped shot on 10, he's back to level. Goggin now, but that's rather tentative and have to make do with par at 8 to stay two under. The Howeller in with a 76 for +6 overall.
Leaders: -4
Westwood -3 Watson -2 Goggin -1 Wood, Goosen

1601: Westwood pulls out the big stuff and rat-a-tats his drive into the first cut on the 9th. Goggin into the guts of the 8th green with his second, Luke Donald with a monster eagle putt at 17... just left, he'll have a tap-in to get to level par.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "The grandstands around the 18th green are nearly full. Don't think any of them can predict who they will see crowned champ in 3 hours time."

It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
1557: That's another shot gone for Fisher at 8, he's back to +2. Westwood safely in from close range, he stays four under.
Leaders: -4
Westwood -3 Watson -2 Goggin -1 Cink, Goosen

European Up
1557: Sweden's Richard Johnson makes a slippery little left-to-righter disappear at 10, he's back to level. Wood bends in a 10-footer for birdie at 15, the Englishman, leading amateur last year, back to one under. Goosen tugs his birdie putt left at 9, out in 36, one under overall.

1554: Watson slaps his drive down the middle of the 8th, and Goggin of Australia fancies a bit of social golf, his ball settling right next door. Manassero comes up just short with his long par attempt at 18, but the 16-year-old cards a 69 for +2 overall. Silver Medal for the Italian, the only amateur to make the cut.

US up
1550: Goosen with a creamy three wood off the tee at the par-four 9th, and he's all over the flag with a wedge shot in. Uphill putt for birdie, very makeable. Goggin drains a birdie at 7, he's back to two under. Watson makes his birdie putt, he's one behind leader Westwood.
Leaders: -4
Westwood -3 Watson -2 Goggin -1 Cink, Goosen

1550: Tom Watson with an eagle putt at 7, big bender in a bun from left to right... didn't hit it, he's got a three-footer for birdie to move within one of Westwood.

1548: Leonard, champion in 1997, is in with a 68 for one over par. Ernie with a five at the last, that's a fine 68, but he also finishes plus one. To see what might have been, just look at his face.

It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
1547: Many thanks Sam, Ben Dirs here taking you all the way to the 19th. westwood clobbers his drive down the middle at 8th, Fisher yanks his left into the wispy stuff. Chris Wood with a 20-footer for par at 14, but he just misses right and he falls back to level. Manassero just shaves the hole with his birdie putt at 17, he's +1.

By Sam Lyon

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
1543: Lee Westwood brilliance! The Englishman breaks away from the pack with a snaking eagle putt and he allows a smile to smother his face as he doffs his cap to the crowd. Quite the opposite for Ross Fisher, though, as he three putts for bogey and he's back to one over.
It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
At 14, Chris Wood finds the middle of the green but he'll have a long putt for par. Ernie Els almost snaggles his second shot at the 18th straight into the hole - but instead it bounces by and he'll have a tough up and down.
Leaders: -4
Westwood -2 Watson -1 Wood, Cink, Goosen, Goggin

1540: Good but not great from Ross Fisher after that lay-up at 7 and he'll have an up and down from off the green for par - do-able, though. Chris Wood, who is in the cabbage again, this time at 14, gets out but it's a real stinger and he has not done his wrist much good by the look of things. Hhmm. Over on 8, Retief Goosen has a 20-footer down the hill for birdie... but it drifts left and he settles for par.

1537: Ross Fisher has to take a real lofted club out of the rough at 7 and it does look like that quadruple bogey is still bugging him. Lee Westwood, however, who has been calm as tap water all week, pings a super approach and he'll have an awesome chance at eagle. Pars for Mathew Goggin and Tom Watson at 6 after two-putts apiece.

Jay A Townsend on Twitter: "It will be interesting now to see if Ross Fisher can get things under control emotionally..."

1533: Ernie Els is a cat's whisker away from eagle at 17, but that birdie takes him back to level par and two off the lead with one to play. Huge crosswind back at the 7th tee, but it bothers Lee Westwood not as he bullies a huge wood down the fairway - a good long iron and he'll have at least a birdie chance, there.
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Ross Fisher steps up... and it looks to have found the cabbage down the left. Tom Watson sets up a birdie chance at 6 with a well judged tee shot - aided somewhat by a neat bounce - while Mathew Goggin also gets on, if a little further away. Two putt for Chris Wood at 13 sees him drop back to one under after that approach went over the green.
Leaders: -2
Westwood, Watson -1 Wood, Cink, Goosen, Goggin

1528: Silky smooth out of the bunker at 7 from Retief Goosen and he looks to have secured a rescue par to keep him one under, while Ernie Els pings a beauty of an approach onto the green on 17 and he has a great chance of eagle and a move up to one under.
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At 5, Tom Watson takes a four after putting from off the green - again, a good save - Ross Fisher two-putts for par at 6 and we can only hope that settles him back down - rumours that 5th hole prompted palpitations in a lady called Joanne back in Cheam are unconfirmed - but Lee Westwood birdies with a 20-footer! He's up to two under.
Leaders: -2
Wood, Westwood, Watson -1 Cink, Goosen, Goggin

1524: So how will Ross Fisher bounce back at the 6th? He takes a two iron and sticks it on the green - nice work, son. Lee Westwood does the same. Chris Wood, four under for the day and tied for the lead now, looks to have put his approach at 13 on a sixpence, but it runs over the green - poor luck, that.
Leaders: -2
Wood, Watson -1 Cink, Goosen, Westwood, Goggin

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1521: Ross Fisher sticks his sixth shot within eight feet at 5, but two-putts and the best he can do now is put that nightmare hole behind him. The Englishman, who was three shots clear a moment ago, is back to level par - but only two off the lead, lest we forget.
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Lee Westwood goes close but no cigar with his par effort and he drops back to one under. Stewart Cink lips in and out with an eagle chance at 7 and he's back to one under.
Leaders: -2
Wood, Watson -1 Cink, Goosen, Westwood, Goggin

1516: Deep deep breaths for Ross Fisher and he lays up onto the fairway. This is looking an eight at best for the Englishman. Tom Watson, who knows something is astray up ahead because he's a wait longer than for your average London bus, finally tees off at 5 and it's straight down the middle. Lee Westwood, 117 to go, drops his approach 30 feet short of the pin and he'll have that monster for par. Over on 12, Chris Wood goes agonisingly close with his birdie effort from range, but he'll stay two under, which will be the lead mark soon enough the way Fisher is going.

1512: Is this the hole that costs Ross Fisher the Open? His lie by the left is a nightmare and he has to take a drop, that's five shots taken and he's still 227 yards from the hole, which is a par four. Retief Goosen lines up a long birdie chance downhill at 6 but it drifts by, par taken, while Chris Wood drops a lovely approach onto the middle of the green at 12. Up at 16, Ernie Els pushes his putt past and he's down to one over.

1509: Oh dear - Ross Fisher gets a bit too ambitious at 5 and he can only nudge his ball deeper into the rough with his second shot. The Englishman hacks out - and it goes way over the other side of the fairway and into the left rough. A couple of dropped shots for the leader, there, surely. Lee Westwood learns from his playing partner and lays up - he'll have an up and down for par. Mathew Goggin tries to save par on 4 after that short tee shot but it pulls up and that's another bogey for the Australian, and Tom Watson's birdie chance holds up inches short too and it's another par for the American. We have a vote on the right now folks - web users only - refresh and get involved, why don't you.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Wonder how many got dressed with victory in mind? You can tell Fisher's missus isn't here. You're going to lift the Jug in that shirt?"

1504: I have to say, that's dreadful from Lee Westwood off the 5th tee, the Englishman sending it way right into the horrid stuff - and Ross Fisher goes and does exactly the same. Chris Wood continues to roll and rock, though, as he pars 11 after pulling yet another birdie chance short and he stays two under. Retief Goosen stays one under with a par on 5.
Leaders: -4
Fisher -2 Wood, Westwood, Goggin, Watson -1 Goosen

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1502: Ross Fisher sends his par putt way left at 4 and he drops a shot - but that's still a two-shot lead for the Englishman, while Lee Westwood makes his par. Mathew Goggin looks like someone has wiped marmite on his top lip as he drops his tee shot at 4 short - the wind is starting to play tricks here - but Tom Watson lands a nice one on the green and he'll have a 20-footer for birdie.
Leaders: -4
Fisher -2 Wood, Westwood, Goggin, Watson -1 Goosen

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1457: Chris Wood has got his putter talking at the moment and he sinks a doozy at 10, and Miguel Angel Jimenez bump-and-runs from the greenside rough at 16 for birdie to move back to level par. Ross Fisher gets a bit of luck with his lie at 4 and he gives himself a chance of par - 10-12 feet - with his chip,
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while Mathew Goggin putts well for three at the 3rd. Ouch! Tom Watson misses a nasty short one at the same hole and he drops back to two under.
Leaders: -5
Fisher -2 Westwood, Goggin, Watson -1 Wood, Cink, Goosen

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1454: Justin Leonard makes his birdie at 15 with a well-judged left-to-righter, while Ernie Els puts in a fine tee shot at the same hole. Wild thing, though, from Ross Fisher at the fourth tee and he's sent that one way right and into the long grass. Lee Westwood's tee shot is not so wild, but it takes a good break for his to end up on the back nap. Both face an up and down to par - no chance of birdie. Ernie Els misses his short birdie putt at 15 - he needs to be making those, really - and he stays level par.
Leaders: -5
Fisher -3 Watson -2 Westwood, Goggin -1 Wood, Cink, Goosen

1448: Lee Westwood, in his first greenside bunker of the week, digs out well at 3 and he'll have a seven-footer for par - which he duly makes - while Ross Fisher snakes his birdie chance into the dustbin lid and he' finishes off for par. Back at the tee Tom Watson and Mathew Goggin comfortably find the fairway - and on the 15th Justin Leonard, one over for the Championship, produces a lovely tee shot to give himself a birdie chance.


1443: Mathew Goggin's third shot at 2 is more cagey than a schoolkid sat next to an empty biscuit tin and he'll have a 25-footer for par, while Tom Watson's birdie effort is wayward and he must settle for par. Over on 2 Chris Wood's birdie effort at 9 slips past, but the Englishman is still out in 33 and he'll be more than happy enough with that. Goggin does indeed two-putt on 2 and he slips back to two under.
Leaders: -5
Fisher -3 Watson -2 Westwood, Goggin -1 Wood, Cink, Goosen

1438: Well well well, I rejoin you with England on absolute fire - storming in the cricket, and Ross Fisher and Chris Wood putting pedal to the metal at Turnberry. The latter sticks his approach at 9 within 10 feet and he'll have another birdie chance, but it's not so pretty for Mathew Goggin as he slaps from the long grass to the vegetable patch at 2 and he'll have an almost impossible up and down from there. More like it from Tom Watson, the American finding the middle of the green - outside birdie chance.
Leaders: -5
Fisher -3 Watson, Goggin -2 Westwood -1 Wood, Cink, Goosen

By Ben Dirs

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It's good news for a Briton at the Open
1432: Els makes a solid par at 14 to stay three under for his round and level for the championship. FISHER WITH THE SHOT OF AN OPEN CHAMPION! In trouble left of the green at 2, and he only goes and flips in from the bottom of the hump. Two birdies to start, daylight between him and the field. Westwood in for a safe par, he stays two under.

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1430: Fisher slashes his second at 2 into the hollow to the left of the green. Goosen, too, with a bogey at 2, he drops back to one under. Watson splashed out to leave himself 'one of those', and that's a shot gone. He drops back to -3 to leave Fisher as outright leader. Nice par for Goggin...
Leaders: -4 Fisher -3 Goggin, Watson -2 Westwood -1 Cink, Wood, Goosen

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1427: Watson tugs his second into the pin-high bunker to the left of the green. Fisher squirts his tee shot into the wispy stuff right of the 2nd. Wood on a roll - he drains a 10-footer at 8 to get into the red. Shot gone for Furyk at 2, but that was a fine saver for bogey. Still, he drops back to level...

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1423: Fisher with a 20-footer at the 1st... BIRDIE! The Englishman joins Watson atop the leaderboard on four under. Westwood safely in for four, he stays two under.
Leaders: -4 Fisher, Watson -3 Goggin -2 Goosen, Westwood -1 Cink, Furyk

1422: The final game of the 138th Open championship gets under way, and they can roll Ivor Robson up in bubble wrap and keep him in safe for next year. Goggin off right, but that's safe. Watson a touch left, but no dramas either.

1419: Heat-seeking second from Fisher into the heart of the 1st green, Westwood more conservative. Luke Donald bends in a left-to-righter at the par-three 10th to get back to +1. Westwood's long birdie attempt at 1 curls off right...

1417: Next on tee, the man ranked 1,374th in the world, the man who was a 1500-1 pre-tournament favourite, and the oldest man in the field: five-time champion, the great Tom Watson. And what a reception. Matt Goggin of Australia, the 35-year-old from Tasmania, also out last.

1413: Andres Romero gives himself another birdie chance at 18, the Argentine, a star at Carnoustie two years ago, is currently tied for 15th at +2. Back on the 1st, and Westwood chases one down the 1st... Fisher, the expectant father, follows him down. Westwood's hit 81% of fairways, Fisher fifth in fairway rankings. BIRDIE FOR ELS AT 13! Three out of nowhere, flopping on from just off the green. He's back to level - get out of the way leaders, we've got a choo-choo coming through.
Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Fisher, Goggin -2 Goosen, Westwood -1 Cink, Furyk

1409: Now you see me, now you don't as Ernie's chip and run from 150 yards rolls on and off the front of the 13th. Shot dropped at 12th, by the way. Furyk cosies up at the 1st, as does Furyk, both men in for rock-solid pars.

1407: Bryce Molder misses right with his bogey putt at 1, and he drops back to +2. Ross Fisher strolls onto the 1st tee, with fellow Englishmen Lee Westwood following closely behind. The Goose with a dreamy little flipped wedge to within 15 feet, Furyk will also have a makeable putt for birdie. Manassero! Oh! Just lips out with another monster birdie putt at 12. The wee Italian stays level, four off the lead.

1402: Jim Furyk, whose swing was once described by David Feherty as like an octopus falling out of a tree, pings an iron down the 1st. Retief Goosen - plenty of majors in this pairing - leaves himself a short iron in after finding the right-hand side.

1359: Els in strife on 12 - he found the rough off the tee before hacking into sand 40 yards short of the green. Manassero just keeps on pulling rabbits out of hats - another outrageous approach into the 11th, but he tugs his birdie putt just left and stays even par. Andres Romero gets back to +2 with a dirty great eagle putt at 17. Molder all over the oche down the 1st, he's forced to splash his 3rd into the first cut...

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1352: Justin Leonard gets back to +1 with a slippery left-right birdie putt at 11. The champion at Troon in 1997, he knows how to win on these courses. "I'd buy that swing off him in a heartbeat, but I don't think I could afford it," says Mark James wistfully as Tom Watson lets fly on the practice range. Bryce Molder, the unheralded American, punches an iron down the 1st, but compatriot Stewart Cink dribbles into a bunker.

1346: That's an absolute beauty from Garcia into the 18th, he'll have a five-footer for birdie. Not his week again, however, he's six over, mainly because he's missed too many five-footers...

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1344: This Italian kid Manassero is some talent - he bends one into the par-four 10th and will have a chance to get to level. Els with a confident par putt at 11 to stay level. MANASSERO HAS MADE IT! Three under for his round, even par for the championship.

1342: Sweden's Richard Johnson, gripping down the shaft, punches his tee shot at 1 into some scary stuff. Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee finds the middle of the fairway. Ernie's chip on at 11 just drifts off right, he's got a tester for par. McDowell misses left with his long birdie putt across the 3rd green.

1339: Weekley's birdie putt at 1 doesn't have enough pace and he taps in for par. Els at 11, the waves rolling in behind him. Bit heavy with the wind behind, his ball scampers onto the apron. Masters champion Cabrera leaves his birdie putt short, but he matches Boo's par.
Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Fisher, Goggin -2 Goosen, Westwood -1 Cink, Furyk

1338: Manassero just lips out at the 9th with his birdie putt, but he stays +1 and is out in 33. Two Italians at +1, Manassero and Molinari, who sound like Roman solicitors. Ernie can hardly hold his putter at the moment, the Big Easy curling in another birdie at 10 to get back to level.

1334: Marino drops back to two over after a five at the 1st. Weekley with a punched short iron into the heart of the 1st - this boy may think his driver's a horse, but he looks like he knows a thing or two about links golf. Cabrera, higher of flight, gets inside him.

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1333: Cabrera sends a head-high fizzer down the 1st, before Boooo! steps up and gives it some hammer. Hold on to your hard hats following these two. Vijay leaves his par putt a couple of inches left at 6 and drops back to three over, McGinley drops a shot at 5 - splendid bogey putt though - and falls back to five over.

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1329: McDowell also decides to putt, but up the front, and comes up well short. Wilson, with raspberry ripple trousers, drains his 10-foot birdie putt at 7 to get to +2. McDowell makes his 15-foot bogey putt at 2, but still drops back to +3.

1327: This could be an ugly start for Marino, but he decides to open wide and take his medicine - wedge onto the fairway. Gigantic drive from Els at 10, he's left himself with a lazy lob on. McGinley with a rotten bit of luck - he decides to putt from off the back of the 2nd, but he hits a sprinkler head and his ball dribbles back down the hump.

1322: Donald with a good save at 6, he stays one over. Els now with his third at 9, and that's sweet as a nut, he'll have a tap-in for par and an outward nine of 33. The 2002 champion is one over. Wood, built like a bus ticket, leaves his birdie attempt just high at 3, he stays +2. Thomas Aiken and Steve Marino off at the 1st, second-round leader Marino pushing his tee shot off right into the wispy stuff.

1317: Ross Fisher being interviewed on the telly, and the good news for anyone who's punted the Englishman is that Mrs Fisher is holding firm and our boy's going nowhere.
Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Fisher, Goggin -2 Goosen, Westwood -1 Cink, Furyk

1315: Francesco Molinari of Italy birdied the 1st to get to +1, but his second at 2 drains off the hump at the back of a green like grease rolling off an upturned wok. Donald muffs his tee shot at the par-three 3rd, but a good pitch gives him hope of a par. McGinley and McDowell par the 1st to stay +2. Already three sub-par rounds from the eight groups in today, so there are birdies to be had.

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1310: Rose slides his birdie putt by at 2, a solid four-four start for the Englishman, and indeed for playing partner Wood. McDowell safely onto the front of the 1st green, before McGinley fizzes one over the bunker guarding front right. Not exactly Duel in the Sun weather at Turnberry, but it's clement enough.

1307: Two Irishmen going off at the 1st, McDowell from the north and McGinley from the south both punching safely down the fairway with irons. Another Irishman, Rory McIlroy, pars the last for a 71 and +8 for the championship. Ernie... great saver at the par-four 8th, the ball ducking into the tradesman's, and he stays +1.


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1304: Hot start from Luke Donald - birdie at 1, birdie at 4, and he's got a makeable birdie putt at 5 to get to level. The Englishman sharpening those elbows. Here's Ernie with a peach of an approach into the 8th - two under for the day, +1 overall. I should point out, however, that the wind has switched directions today and the players will fighting through treacle on the back nine. Matteo Manassero birdies 7 to get back to +1.

1300: About an hour and 25 minutes until everybody's out, Watson and Goggin tee off at 1420. Wood taps in for par at the 1st to stay two over. Here's the Howeller! Arrow-like approach into the 6th, he's +5 bogey at 5. Rose escapes with a par at the 1st to stay two over.

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1256: Correction, Jimenez drained that birdie putt at 7 and is back to two over. Sorry old boy. Oliver Wilson with a 10-footer for birdie at 5... nope, it slides off right and he stays +3 after five straight pars.

1251: Kevin Sutherland of the United States is on a roll - he eagled 5 and birdied 7 and 8 to go out in 31. He's +2 overall. Sixteen-year-old Italian, who's already got the Silver Medal in his sky rocket, birdied 3 and 4 and is two over for the championship.

Ball in rough
1248: Chris Wood, leading amateur last year, pushes his tee shot at 1 into the light stuff to the right of the fairway, playing partner Rose is in the deep stuff. Here's Vijay Singh, who knows a thing or two about winning majors, and he's safely on in two at the 3rd. The Fijian kicked off with two pars and is two over, as is playing partner Kenichi Kuboya, who's also on in two.

1245: Jimenez is out and about, and he just misses with his lengthy birdie putt at 7, the Spaniard is two over, just six off the lead. Justin Rose of England on the 1st tee, he'll be hitting off in a minute. Argentine Andres Romero is putting a decent round together, three under for his round after 11, +2 for the championship. Daly, who looks like he's been hauled out of the clubhouse kitchen in chunky blue and white check trousers, is in for par at the 1st.

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1241: Many thanks Sam. Right, this is Ben Dirs and I'm just in time to see John Daly, champion at St Andrews in 1995, pop a gentle iron down the middle of the 1st. Kid gloves from Ernie Els, flipping on to within a few inches at 16 - the South African is -1 for the day and +1 for the championship. Garcia makes birdie at 12 to get back to +5, Paul Lawrie, the last British champion in 1999, is in with a 68 for +8 overall.

By Sam Lyon

1234: Andres Romero gets back to three over with a short birdie putt at 10, while Englishman Oliver Wilson settles for par at 3 to stay three over. Right then, Benjamin Dirs is in the house and he'll take over for a spell while I sample the 'delights' of the BBC canteen. Back in a bit.

1231: Matteo Manassero drains a monster at 3 to stay level for the round, three over for the Open,
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while Luke Donald opens up with a three at the first thanks to a lovely putt to move to two over. Over on 5, Ernie Els produces a super escape from the bunker to give himself a shot at par from 12 feet, while Camilo Villegas gives himself a long birdie chance with an iron approach at 1.

From TC, Pimlico, in the pub via text on 81111: "Fisher, Goggin, Goosen Westwood? Sounds like the shipping forecast."

1224: Padraig Harrington misses a birdie chance from 10 feet at the last and he will finish the Championship 12 over. He looks relaxed enough, though he might be a touch concerned to hear Tom Watson describing his newly modelled swing as not a patch on his old one. "I liked the length of the swing last year, and now he's shortened the swing and he's having a hard time with it," said the Championship leader last night. "You lose your rhythm when you shorten the swing. I've always had a long swing." Erm, back to the drawing board Paddy?

1215: Amateur and guaranteed silver medallist winner Matteo Manassero gets his round under way with a safe four at the first and he's given some indication of his talent during this Open hasn't he? He's 16. At 16 my greatest achievement was getting served first at tuck shop 18 days on the trot. Perspective.

1207: Daniel Gaunt steals an early march on the battle for the weekend wooden spoon as he sees out a round of 82 to finish 24 over, a shot ahead of Paul Goydos who also shot an 82. Great experience for both to get to the weekend, though, and a well earned piny may well be passing their lips any minute now.
Leaders: -4 Watson -3 Fisher, Goggin -2 Goosen, Westwood

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "The sun goes behind a cloud and the temperature dips. Just been called a wimp by a marshal at 15 for putting on a snood. They breed them tough up here."

1159: Yep, 7 is definitely a hole to target out there - Andres Romero is the latest to dine at it's top table with an eagle three and the Argentine moves up to three over. Ernie Els is up to two over, meanwhile, following a birdie at the first - he, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Richard Sterne are level on the course and, lest we forget, they are only just outside the top 10. Contenders.

From billtils on 606: "What a pleasure to have a real competition at last! A very mixed bunch of possible winners coping with a mixed bag of conditions. Great stuff."

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Witnessed Kevin Sutherland sink his second shot for eagle on the 5th. Even I erupted in spontaneous applause, giggling and "wahays"."

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "With the wind dying down for the time being, there are birdies to be had out here. Lehman & Edfors get 3s at the 8th after fine approaches."

1145: South African Richard Sterne is putting together a first class round out there, and he makes the most of a fine approach at 7 to birdie and he's three under for the day, two over the Open. that 7th hole looks a real opportunity to pick up shots judging by the scoring so far today - but the back nine might just prove a touch more problematic. It all shapes up for a fascinating afternoon, for sure.

From Andy in Glasgow via text on 81111: "Looking at the odds before the open I saw Retief Goosen at 40-1 and thought it would probably be a good shout. Put any money on it? No. Will he win? Probably. Great. I'm skint as well."

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1135: The red numbers are pilling up again on the leaderboard, with Richard Sterne, Kevin Sutherland and Johan Edfors all two under for the day.
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Spaniard Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, has followed a bogey at 2 with birdies at 3 and 7 to go four over, and Englishman Graeme Storm also birdied 7 to move to seven over. First-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez is also under for the day after birdieing two and, at just two over, could he still be in contention?

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Justin Leonard teeing off 1st. He was in pub in Kirkoswald with Jim Furyk and David Duval on Friday night. Phoned for his tee time clutching a pint, so he did."

From KTdubai on 606: "Nobody seems to be considering Henrik Stenson at the moment. He's been very steady all week (apart from that double bogey on 18 yesterday) and very patient... A couple of early birdies and he could be the man to watch."

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1119: Darren Clarke drops another shot at the 16th to fall back to nine over, with birdies all of a sudden harder to find than a sing-song at the Emirates Stadium.
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That's nothing compared to the woes of Daniel Gaunt and Paul Goydos, mind, who are both 12 over for the day with one and two holes to go respectively.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "A few hardy souls are tucking into some continental strength lager as a short shower passes over the 8th green. Easy tiger, it's a long day."

1111: Yes, I know I'm biased, but if you're able to watch on BBC Two, the Red Button or online right now, there is the most terrific feature on the legend that is Seve Ballesteros on. A hero and a fighter on the course, a hero and a fighter off it. If you think the hype and affection surrounding Tom Watson's potential Open win this year is huge, imagine what it would be like if the Spaniard could bounce back from brain surgery and chemotherapy and win next year's Open - he is planning to enter. I actually think the world would stop turning for a bit in his honour.

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "Rory McIlroy finds the jungle, and almost a marshal, with an errant drive at 8. Hacks out to find some more rough. Looks like a man in a hurry."

BBC Sport's Iain Carter on Twitter: "So will he do it? Tom Watson is just the most amazing story and I think it is doable. The wind's up again and that helps his cause I'd wager."

From James, Birmingham via text on 81111: "Would absolutely love to see Tom Watson do it. Just shows what a good week with the putter can do. Sergio must dream of sinking some of the putts Tom has."

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1104: Oh dear, Paul Lawrie undoes all the good work of that amazing albatross at 7 with a triple bogey seven at 12 and he falls back to nine over for the Championship. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke also drops his first shot of the round with a bogey at 14,
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but the fortunes of American pair David Love III and Kenny Perry are in marked contrast, both bagging birdies to leap to four and six over respectively. South African Richard Sterne is the leader on the course, two under through four holes and three over for the Open.

1057: Huzzah! We will imminently have moving pictures from Turnberry. Give this page a very cheeky manual refresh and the magic box will appear at the top of the page.
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Rory McIlroy is walking down the 7th with his nuts out again... good for energy, mixed nuts."

1051: By the way Paul Lawrie's albatross at 7 - recorded thanks to a sensational four-iron approach - is believed to be only the eighth albatross in Open history, the fifth since 2000. That's something to tell the grandchildren! Don't get me wrong, it's not quite as good as "I once had a comment posted on a BBC live text commentary", but I'm sure he'll bag at least a wee dram out of it?

From SuperMadSteve on 606: "Anyone from the top twenty five who can shoot 67 in the final round will win it. My tip will be Goosen but would love Watson or Westwood to win it."

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Continuing on from my chat with the Galaxycam man - 'It's pretty disconcerting when they're all swaying around,' he says. He does four hour shifts up there, and takes a pee bottle and a book."

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1038: Whilst there are a whole heap of shots to be picked up out there right now, as we have seen all tournament this course gives with one hand and takes with the other - and poor old American Paul Goydos has found his pockets, wallet and bag have been laced almost completely. He adds a bogey at 13 to make it eight for the round and he is now a rather sorry 19 over. Aussie Daniel Gaunt is faring only slightly better, he's six over for the day 18 over for the round, but the back markers are pretty much the exception that proves the rule - nine players on the course are below par.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Just been chatting to the cameraman in the 'galaxy' crane - the big 72m one. It can withstand winds of 100mph 'but you dont want to be up there'. It comes down at 30mph."

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1021: Darren Clarke is getting bang among the birdies like Bill Oddie at a Twitchers convention as he picks up another shot at 10 to go three under in a blemish-free round so far today. Jeff Overton, Richard Sterne, Johan Edfors, Zach Johnson, Fredrik Hed Andersson, Ryuji Imada and, of course, Paul Lawrie, are the other players below par out there and if - IF - conditions stay as they are for the rest of the day we could be looking at some low numbers later.

From Dan in Herne Bay via text on 81111: "It's good too see the seniors doing well and bringing back a touch of yesteryear. Greg Norman last year and now Tom Watson."

From cowboymartin on 606: "Given the weather for later this afternoon, those early starters on two and three over will still fancy their chances if they can go out and shoot par. I think somewhere around level par will win this."

1007: A reminder, by the way, that we'll all be able to jump head first into the TV coverage on BBC Two, the Red Button and online (UK users only) from 1100 BST. Until then, it's me, the leaderboard and an ear out of the window listening for cheers - if you're in the Ayrshire area. Someone get the teas in will they?

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "All quiet on range right now, only five players here as at 0957. Duke, Sutherland, Levet, Mayfair, Kjeldsen. Wind swinging a touch south of west."

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
0955: Holy golfswing Batman! Paul Lawrie is wielding a wand out there folks and he has just dug deep in his top drawer and produced a shot of the highest order to bag an albatross two at the par-five 7th! Unbelievable approach, that, and that puts him four under for the day and six over for the Championship. He only needs three or four more of them and he could win this thing.

From harvey54 on 606: "My heart says Watson. My head says Goosen. My bullgog says Fisher or Westwood. And finally my betting slip says Furyk. Talk about divided loyalties!!"

From Miles Dowsett via text on 81111: "Could Tom Watson be the start of a trend of competitive seniors with advances in equipment and fitness?"

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
0944: Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke - whose previous best front nine over the first three rounds was level par - has clearly saved his until last as he birdies 7 to go two under for the day, eight over for the Championship. Twelve players are level or under for the round out on the course, now.

From davpearson on 606: "My first proper sporting memory is of watching the "Duel in the Sun" with my father. This weekend I have been watching Tom again, but this time with my own son. The debt of gratitude I feel towards this man is enormous."

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "While the players dreamt of winning, I dreamt of James Cracknell. We were in a tax office, giggling because we couldn't fill in the forms."

US up
0929: Is this an indication the course will be a little friendlier today? The last couple of rounds have seen pin positions more difficult than a petulant child come bedtime, but American pair Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry pick up shots at the second and it would appear birdies are there to be made... maybe. Unless you're Paul Goydos, bless 'im, the American following four bogeys in the first five holes with a double at 7.
US down
A round more depressing than Sunday night television so far for him, though he will at least be finished in time to watch the final throes of this Championship on BBC Two, the Red Button and on this very website later today whilst enjoying a cold beer. All right, it's a small consolation, but...

From paddypower99 on 606: "Watch out for Retief Goosen today. Every round he has had no luck at all, but his patience is impeccable and he has stuck in their at -2. While other nearly men such as Goggin, Westwood, Fisher crumble, and Watson bottles it, the Goose will be loose!!"

From Alex B, Birmingham, via text on 8111: "This is weird. In any other year I'd be willing one of the Brits to win, but for me it has to be old Tom."

From Peter in Amersham via text on 81111: "What about John Daly? He's going to make a late surge to a top five finish, mark my words."

0916: Cheers from the early bird supporters at Turnberry as home favourite Paul Lawrie bags a birdie three at the third and he joins Darren Clarke and Fredrik Hed Andersson in having a sub-par round for the day. So far. That will change. One way or the other. Shall I stop writing in this broken sentence style now? Yes. Good. Anyway...

From mandancin on 606: "No one has mentioned Cabrera, birdie-birdie finish last night and he'll be confident going into today. A decent start and he is right in the mix, great fighter."

From Rob in Bradford via text on 81111: "Now if Tom Watson's wife was going into labour, that would be a story."

0907: Let's have a look then at when we can expect the front-runners and favourites to get started today. Leaders Tom Watson and Mathew Goggin are the last pairing at 1420, with England's Ross Fisher and Lee Westwood out 10 minutes before them, and office favourites Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen out at 1400. Other, randomly picked, highlights include Angel Cabrera at 1330, Graeme McDowell and Paul McGinley at 1305, another English pairing of Chris Wood and Justin Rose at 1245, and silver medallist Matteo Manassero will surely get a fair bit of attention, not least from teenage girls, when he tees off at 1140. Before then, though, Paul Casey and Graeme Storm get started at 0925 and everyone's favourite muppet-lookalike Rory McIlroy 10 minutes later. A veritable feast of golfing talent.

From jds3112 on 606: "The manner of Tom Watson's performance means win or lose he MUST be BBC's Sports Overseas Personality for 2009."

0855: Padraig Harrington gets his final round under way with a par at the first, and his reign as Open champion almost certainly has approximately just 12 hours left on it. Still, glimpses this week that the Irishman's remodelled swing might bring benefits in the future and, when he gets it nailed down, who would bet against him returning to the top of the pile in upcoming majors? Another former Open champion Paul Lawrie has also teed off, the Scot kicking off with par-par.

From Jamie in Helensburg via text on 81111: "Got £25ew on Worksop's finest so come on Mr Westwood, drop the Nearly from your tag and simply be The Man!"

US down
0847: While Paul Goydos digs deep for a tissue in an attempt to wipe away the bogeys plaguing his round - he's three over for the day through four, 14 over for the Championship -
It's good news for a Briton at the Open
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke posts the first birdie of the day with a dreamy putt at the first and he moves to nine over. Swede Fredrik Hed Andersson follows suit minutes later, but with 11 players out on the course, they are the only fellas below par at the moment.

From Chris in Hants via text on 81111: "Regardless of today's outcome, this championship will live long in my memory. It has been an honour watching Tom Watson! What a player!"

0835: And that brings me nicely to you guys - while the lower echelons of the leaderboard flay their way from tee to green this morning, I want you lot to get involved in a big, big way. You have two options, unless you are a master of smoke signals or own a particularly reliable carrier pigeon, text me on 81111 or, from 0900 BST, 606 will open its doors for you all to natter away from the comfort of your own homes. Lovely.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Gentle murmur in media tent. Fairly empty but people drifting in. Calm before the storm. Blustery day with lots of cloud but sunny patches."

0831: However, while Tom Watson's success would warm the cockles of even Victor Meldrew's heart, headline-writers the nation over would surely love a win for England's father-to-be Ross Fisher - and he's only a shot off the lead after three rounds. Compatriot Lee Westwood, too, would bring a smile to everyone's faces should he rid himself of the nearly man tag and bag a first major title - but with just six shots separating the top 26 players it really is anyone's Open. Mathew Goggin, Retief Goosen, Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera - the list of contenders goes on and on - where's your money?

0827: So, as Darren Clarke and Mark O'Meara get their final rounds under way, let's have a look at where we stand shall we? Well you'd have to have been living under a rock these past few days to have missed the fact that Tom Watson - has anyone mentioned he's 59? - is on the brink of history at Turnberry, and what a story it would be. Twenty six years after his last Open triumph, the great American has been tearing up trees all weekend in Ayrshire and it would be a feature-writer's dream if he were to win here today. Not to mention an inspiring story for every dad and grandad out there - courses all over Britain will suddenly be flooded by octogenarians fuelled by the belief 'you're never too old to win it'. My old man has already dusted off his bag and clubs and will be chopping his way round Hainault with yours truly next week - so get your replacement window orders in early, people.

From Denis Broomfield, Hampton via text on 81111: "Great golf and great comments. BUT can someone coordinate the number of times the imminent arrival of the BABY FISHER is announced? The whole world now knows about the happy event. Let us know if and when Dad leaves Turnberry. But send parents and baby our best wishes."

0821: American Paul Goydos and Japan's Ryuji Imada are the next pairing having a swing out there, and the former apes Gaunt in bogeying the first. Imada takes a par, but with all due respect I don't suppose many will be following his duo today - except mummy and daddy Goydos and Imada maybe.

From Ken, Aberdeen via text on 81111: "Hold on Mrs Fisher, I've £5 e/w on your man at 35-1! Good luck with the baby afterwards! Could be called Claret?"

From Deano in Somerset via text on 81111: "Let's hope Watson can show that experience does count in Golf. No matter what the age! Deano in Somerset."

0812: Australian Dan Gaunt, who fired the round of the day on Friday with a 67, is the first man out and about this morning at Turnberry and unfortunately he's showing the form of his first and third rounds rather than the second as he takes a bogey five at the first. He's now 13 over and I'm going to stick my neck out and say Dan Gaunt will not be winning the Open. Which should prompt some kind of Lazarus-esque comeback from the Aussie, no doubt...

BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter: "Morning. Struggled to sleep last night, huge day ahead. Had a dream about Furyk though, maybe that's a sign. Wonder how Watson's feeling?"

Rain
0805: Now then, what's the weather doing at Turnberry, I hear you ask. As luck would have it, one of our men at the Open, Mark Orlovac, has just rung in and says: "It's overcast, not raining at the moment, but it's very blowy. I can see white horses on the sea". Be warned, though, rain is forecast...

0800: Watson goes out at 1420 alongside Australia's Mathew Goggin, with Britain's Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher teeing it up 10 minutes before. But opening proceedings on his lonesome at 0800 is another Aussie, Daniel Gaunt.

0755: Morning folks. Today's the day when we find out if Tom Watson can become the oldest Open champion in history. The veteran eight-time major winner turns 60 on 4 September, but I'll wager the celebrations will start early if he gets his mitts on the famous Claret Jug for the sixth time.



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