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The Open day three - as it happened

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By Ben Dirs

2128: Right then folks, that's me for the evening. Moving Day lived up to its billing but after the deck was shuffled we still ended up with the same name at the top - Louis Oosthuizen, the smiling assassin. Plenty of British interest tomorrow, with Casey four shots back and Westwood eight off the lead, and there are some handy Europeans and Americans there too. But let's face it, it's looking like the Claret Jug's heading back to Mossel Bay, South Africa. We're expecting play from between 0730-0830 BST tomorrow, Peter Scrivener will be taking you through the morning's drama. Night. -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson

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andrei on 606: "Rain tomorrow, it should be a cracker. If the early starters get the best of the weather, who knows, still think if it chucks it down with rain anyone within 10 to 12 shots can win."

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nige on 606: "Six foot putts and cheeky grins. The guy is superb for this game of golf. Do you know he comes from Ernie Els golfing school of excellence? Good stuff..."

2110: Scratch that, this is for eagle... there's too much break on it but he taps in for birdie for a round of 69 and a four-shot lead going into the final round - you have to see he was magnificent today. Calcs can't finish off in style though, he makes par... -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson

2106: Smashing touch from the big man, bumping on to within four feet. Oosthuizen has a birdie chance from about 15 feet out, this could be crucial... -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson

2104: Oosthuizen's aim is true til the last, arrow straight on 18. Calcavecchia has staged a very manful recovery after that nine on five - birdies at 12, 13 and 14, back to -2 overall and he heaves an agricultural drive down the 18th... -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson

2100: Apologies, there was no birdie for Canizares at 18, he's still seven under. Casey now with an absolute peach of a second at 18, every chance of making birdie from there. Here's Oosthuizen at 17, steady as a rock and in for par. Westwood leaves his par putt a couple of fete right but he's in for a three and a round of 71 - seven off the lead, perhaps with too much to do? Casey overborrows - could he live to regret that? - and he's in with a 67 for -11 overall. -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson

2055: Westwood has absolutely mullered his tee shot down the 18th, Casey's also away safely, and the stroll down the shadowy fairway in convivial conversation. I believe Canizares made birdie at 18 - the scoreboard hasn't updated yet - and has joined Kaymer on eight under, the Spaniard in with a round of 70 today. -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares -6 D Johnson, Westwood

2052: Westwood for birdie at 17... right down the middle, the Worksop man stays seven under. Casey is also in for par to stay three off leader Oosthuizen going down the last. What a pity, Jeong's shortish eagle attempt at 18 goes straight left off the club-face, but he's in with a 74 for -4 overall. -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares -6 D Johnson, Westwood

2047: Canizares gets his tee shot away at 18, that's good enough, but what a shot that is from Jeong - only a small man but he smacks the cover off it and very nearly sticks it in. Westwood flirting with the Road Hole bunker, using the contour of the trap, and his ball coming to rest a few feet from the hole. Very arty. Casey squirts his birdie attempt right but he should make par. -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson -6 D Johnson, Westwood

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2037: Tom Lehman, champion in 1996, is in with a 75, playing partner Ricky Barnes makes birdie to finish with a 72 for five under overall, joint-high American with Nick Watney. Hang on, forgot about Dustin Johnson... Jeong lets a shot slip away at 16, the young Korean amateur's got the Silver Medal sewn up though, and he's four under. -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares -6 D Johnson, Westwood

2037: Not much wind out there now as Casey loads up on 17. He's given that everything and more, that's an absolute crackerjack. Not bad from Westwood either... Martin Kaymer's third round 68 took him to an overall total of eight under par He told BBC Sport how much he enjoyed playing in the difficult conditions at St Andrews. Oosthuizen with a hammer blow at 16! His approach wasn't much cop but he's stuck one in from about 50 feet - that is what you might call a statement of intent. -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer, Canizares -7 Stenson -6 D Johnson, Westwood

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2030: Sweden's Peter Hanson pars the last for a 74 and three under overall. And Jimenez is in for par for a matching 74 and also three under overall - he twirls his cap at the galleries like a conquering hero sailing back into port... Casey with a knee-knocker at 16 but he plops that it to stay two off the lead. Westwood's in as well, he stays six under. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer, Canizares -7 Stenson -6 D Johnson, Westwood

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2027: Shot gone for Westwood at 15 but it's better news for Canizares, he's sunk a monster to join Kaymer on eight under. The forecast isn't great for tomorrow, the threat of rain... Westwood all over the stick at 16 and Casey a little more conservative. Jimenez cosies his ball up from the front of the 18th green and he should make birdie from there. Oosthuizen's giving nothing away, he drains his testing par putt at 15 before breaking into a grin and sauntering off as if he's out for his early evening ambulation. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer, Canizares -7 Stenson -6 D Johnson, Westwood

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2020: Tiger Woods fired a third round 73 to leave him three under for the Championships Hear his thoughts on his round here. Goosen buries his birdie putt at 18 to finish with a 72 for five under overall. Like others, his poison was the 17th... OUTRAGEOUS FROM JIMENEZ! The Spaniard's come over all Houdini, hitting his ball up against the wall and spinning to see his ball come to rest on the green. Bit cocky though, Miguel... what a shame for Jimenez, his bogey effort scuttles right of the hole and that's two shots gone... -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson

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2014: Westwood and Casey safe as houses at 15, right into the heart. Oosthuizen could only make par at 14 but retains his two-shot lead. But that's a doozy of a drive at 15, those knees aren't knocking just yet. Jimenez with a shot that would send most amateurs scuttling for the clubhouse, his ball just in front of the Road Hole bunker - the boys on the box talk him up before the Spaniard knifes his wedge shot over the road and into the wall over the back. The Spaniard blinks... shot gone for Barnes at 16, he's back to -5... -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson

Martin Kaymer (-8): "I really enjoy those conditions. They were similar to yesterday, very windy and every single shot was difficult today. I had a couple more opportunities but I made a three-putt on nine from seven or eight feet, but it happens here. I think 68 is a good score at St Andrews. I'll I sleep as much as I can tonight and eat a lot so I can have energy for tomorrow. For the last two days I've had a steak, so I'll probably do the same tonight. I have it medium, a little pink is perfect."

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2008: Jeong with a 10-footer for birdie at 15 but his ball doesn't come left as intended. The Goose is in a spot of bother at 17, he's got a longun for bogey. Sean O'Hair is in with a 72 for five under overall and here's Oosthuizen (judging by some of the irate texts I'm getting, I'm glad I only have to write his name and not say it) with another solid swing at 14 - chance to extend his lead. It's a double for Goosen, back to five under for him and eight off the lead - for now. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson, Barnes

2004: Westwood's sprayed his tee shot at 15 into a bunker, Casey's got his just right. BBC Sport's Colin Moffat spent the third day following Colin Montgomerie and his fans around the Old Course today. He reflects on his experiences here. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson, Goosen, Barnes

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2002: Casey with his long-range effort at 14 but the ball straightens too soon and he'll have an eight-footer for birdie. Canizares into the heart of the eighth before Goosen heaves his second into the rough stuff at 17. Westwood nails his birdie putt at 14! It looked like he was reeling, but he's back in the chasing pack. Casey's birdie effort is always left, chance gone... Jin Jeong's still in the game, cracking second at 15, all over the flag. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson, Goosen, Barnes

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1957: Karlsson with his second to 18, a little nip on, but he's left it 20 feet short. Calcs has birdied 12 and 13 to get back to two under. Miguel Angel with a long, winding putt across the 16th and it meanders 10 feet by the hole. Westwood with putter from off the front of the 14th... he sends it out right, too far right, and he'll struggle to make birdie from there. Karlsson for birdie on 18 but it's scared of the dark and that's a 72 for four under overall. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares -6 D Johnson, Goosen, Barnes, Westwood

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1952: Oosthuizen pushes his birdie effort wide at 13 but that's a good, solid par. Canizares' eagle effort at 14 looks in all the way but ducks right at the last second - he makes birdie though, and he's up to seven under. Westwood has tugged his second left at 14 but he'll have a chance of an eagle putting up the hill. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Canizares -6 D Johnson, Goosen, Barnes, Westwood

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Carl Hall, Weston-super-Mare, via text: "If anyone asks, the rather nice background music to the BBC TV leaderboard is a version of Ever Had A Dream Come True by S Club 7. Quite appropriate for the Open I thought."

World number one Tiger Woods (-3): "I played well today. I hit the ball well and made nothing. I Just couldn't get anything started so couldn't get any momentum. I putted well on the first day, yesterday wasn't as good and today I certainly didn't putt well at all."

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1942: Tame from Kaymer on the 18th green, he's left himself a 10-footer for par. McDowell on 16 - he duffs his second. Watney drains a birdie putt at 18 for a round of 71 and five under overall. Ricky Barnes sinks a 15-footer for birdie at 14, he's now six under, and Kaymer makes that birdie putt for a 68 and eight under overall. The German outright third, don't count him out. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson -6D Johnson, Goosen, Barnes, Canizares, Westwood

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1938: McDowell's challenge is fading fast, the US Open champion is two over through 15 and three under overall. Casey down the hill at 13, in all the way... NO! It horseshoes out and he has to settle for a par. Westwood taps in to stay six under. Ignacio Garrido splashes in for birdie at 16, he's four under. Listen to Henrik Stenson talk about how he shot an impressive third round 67 despite a lack of sleep. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer -6D Johnson, Goosen, Canizares, Westwood

1933: Westwood with a safe second into the heart of the green but that's not really a birdie chance. Kaymer to get to eight under... gives it a chance but it doesn't do enough, he stays seven under after 17. Louis with another good swing on the 13th tee, doesn't look like he's going to give it away, the others are going to have to wrestle it off him. Goosen leaks a par putt right at 15 to drop back to six under... -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer -6D Johnson, Goosen, Canizares, Westwood

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1928: Woods squeezes his birdie putt right at the 18th and that's a one-over 73 for him, that has to be his challenge over. Clarke finishes with a birdie but that's a 77 for him, his race also run. Oosthuizen's third at 12 races by, he's got a nasty one coming back... but this lad's got a rock-solid putting stroke and his in for another par... -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer, Goosen -6D Johnson, Canizares, Westwood

1924: Darren Clarke made a double at 17 after going left off the tee, rough day for him today, two over for his round. Needs all his experience with his second and he uses the lie of the land to bump it to within a few feet. Westwood with three wood off 13 and he's tugged it left into the wispy stuff. Big Calcavecchia has managed to regain control of the steering wheel after that nine at the fifth, six straight pars since then... Oosthuizen makes a false move and the Old Lady's in there like a flash, punishing him for his error - he doesn't give it enough and his ball curls back off the front. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer, Goosen -6D Johnson, Canizares, Westwood

1919: Woods has done it again at 18 - he very nearly brought the grand old hole to its knees yesterday by skimming the hole with his tee shot, this time it's even bigger. Casey pushes his birdie attempt right at 12 and stays -11. Westwood hunting for a hat-trick of birdies... didn't give it a chance... Goosen picks up another shot at 14, he joins the three-way tie for third. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer, Goosen -6D Johnson, Canizares, Westwood

1917: Gossamer touch from Casey with his second at 12 and Westwood chases one up there to 15 feet. Kaymer with a biggun up the hill at 16 and that's a pretty passable effort. Oosthuizen safe off the tee at 12... -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer -6D Johnson, Goosen, Canizares, Westwood

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1915: Irish Open champion Shane Lowry in with a 71, Vijay Singh in with a disappointing 76. Here's Oosthuizen's birdie attempt at the par-three 11th and his ball curls four feet by. Woods flops on at 17, but that's his fourth. Spain's Canizares has let one go at 12 to drop back to -6 just as Oosthuizen pops in his tester at 11 to stay two clear... -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer -6D Johnson, Goosen, Canizares, Westwood

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1911: Kaymer of Germany up ahead at 16, doesn't quite get it up the hill. Westwood clatters one down the middle at 12, flirting with a bunker but it finishes safely. Social golf, Casey's ball nestling beside his buddy's. Shot gone for Jimenez at 13, he drops to five under as Woods leaks one out of bounds at 17... -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares -6D Johnson, Goosen, Westwood

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1905: Casey at the par-three 11th and he's safely in for par to stay two behind Oosthuizen. Here's Westwood for birdie... right to lefter... in left edge, he's back to six under... Good two putt from long range for Oosthuizen at 10, he stays two ahead of Casey. Hear Rory McIlroy describe his satisfaction at getting back into contention after a third-round 69. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares -6D Johnson, Goosen, Jimenez, Westwood

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1903: A thousand thanks Pranav, Ben Dirs back to take you through to the close - manually refresh and my name will appear. It's all happening up there, Dustin Johnson's moved into a tie for sixth with a birdie at the last - a round of 69 for the American. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares -6D Johnson, Goosen, Jimenez

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1859: A heartily slap on the back for all of those who noted that Sergio Garcia is in fact four under, rather than seven. Oosthuizen hovers over a five-foot birdie put, takes a couple of practice taps and strikes the ball straight into the middle of the hole to stretch his lead to two shots over Paul Casey. That's two birdies in the last three holes. It's all good for the Nickelback fan born in Mossel Bay. Alejandro Canizares moves back into the seven under group with a belter of a putt on the 10th while Lee Westwood earns a fist pump from playing partner Paul Casey for a sensational birdie putt from about 40 yards on the 10th, which Casey pars. That's me done for the day - Ben Dirs is back to take you through to close. Have fun. -13 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Canizares, Stenson, Kaymer -6 Jimenez, Canizares, Goosen

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1849: Paul Casey rolls a good 50-footer for eagle just short of the hole on on the ninth, leaving him with a simple birdie. However, playing partner Lee Westwood misses a very makeable birdie put from about four yards, made worse as he sees Ryder Cup team-mate Casey tap in to reach the turn at 31. Meanwhile, Alejandro Canizares pumps a brilliant approach shot to the green on the 10th for an excellent chance to reclaim his dropped shot from the previous hole. Bogeys from Jin Jeong, Ricky Barnes and Robert Karlsson see the trio drop off the six under group. -12 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Stenson, Kaymer -6 Jimenez, Canizares, Goosen

Sergio Garcia (-4): "I felt like I played my best golf in the tougher conditions. Unfortunately coming in I had some good birdie chances but I didn't convert them. There were a couple of soft chips at the last two but I couldn't finish them but it was a good round. It was playing very difficult but I am pretty pleased with my round. For my eagle at the fifth it was a really nice second shot which must have hit the slope. I was doubting between putting and chipping it and chipped it in the end and it came out great. I have always said I love this championship and love the people and they have always treated me unbelievably here. I am definitely hitting the ball better than I have been hitting it which is good to see. Obviously a couple of things could have gone a little better and I have wasted some shots every day but it is easy to do in these conditions. I am hoping to play well tomorrow and have a good time out there like I did today and hopefully do well."

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Graeme on 606: "What a test for Oosty's nerve. he's got the game, now can he prove his worth? Good luck to him but let's not forget the pressure that leading the open brings... It did for the master, Tom Watson, last year and he's got what? Five championships under his belt?"

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1840: Alejandro Canizares' third round is the very definition of what one might describe as "safe hands", with seven pars and a birdie at the fourth. But the Spaniard drops out of the seven under group with a bogey on the ninth. Fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiminez, who looks as if he's fallen in an enormous pot of mustard with his choice of garb, maintains his presence in the six under group with par on the 11th. -12 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Stenson -6 Jimenez, Canizares, Kaymer, Barnes, Jeong, Karlsson, Goosen

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1830: Ricky Barnes cards birdie number three to slot into the six under coterie with a five-footer on the ninth, but leader Louis Oosthuizen tips his cap to the crowd as he sinks a birdie putt to extend his lead to two over Paul Casey. The South African is clearly not for moving on moving day. Fresh from a 12th-hole birdie, Martin Kaymer loses his advantage after pushing a nervy putt to the right of the 13th from close range. -12 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Stenson, Canizares -6 Kaymer, Barnes, Jeong, Karlsson, Goosen


Henrik Stenson (-7): "It's been a weird day, up at 4.15am and had to finish 17 and 18. Then back down, tee off and obviously a good round for me. It was a day when I played good but maybe didn't make all the birdie chances I should have. It's tough conditions out there, we'll see where I stand at the end of the day. I'm going to be in a good position on the final day, I've got some experience so let's see what happens."

1823: Sergio Garcia misses the opportunity to move to five under on the 18th, but you would imagine the Spaniard should be relatively content with 70 for the day, although a 69 would have probably broadened his Iberian sonrisa. -11 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer, Stenson, Jeong, Canizares -6 Karlsson, Goosen

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1820: Lovely sweep from Casey on the green from the rough at the seventh as the ball rolls gently towards the pin, stopping about 25 feet from the hole. Poker-face expression from the Englishman, but I would think he wouldn't be too perturbed by that shot given his previous position on the rough. However, Tiger Woods is livid after missing a straightforward putt for par on the 13th, taking him back down to three under once more. And Casey's only gone and nailed his birdie putt! The control and pace to roll the ball in was world class. Louis Oosthuizen is within his sights...-11 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer. Stenson, Jeong, Canizares -6 Karlsson, Goosen

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1814: Better news for Tiger Woods, who birdies the 12th to move up to four under while Sergio Garcia drops his second shot of his third round on the 17th. Amatuer Jin Joeng, based in Melbourne, is keeping his cool with par on the sixth while Martin Kayner joins a four-way tie for second following a birdie at the 12th. The "Cherry Bombs" bid goodbye to Saturday's round with birdie as John Daly finishes two-over 74 and to even for the tournament. -11 Oosthuizen -9 Casey -7 Kaymer. Stenson, Jeong, Canizares -6 Karlsson, Goosen

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1807: Bad mistake by Robert Karlsson with a missed three-footer on the 11th. Oh dear, absolute horror show for Mark Calcavecchia on the fifth. The American cards a nine - yes, nine - following all sorts of problems with his ball. It appears he hit the ball into a bush and took a provisional, only to be told that his original ball was found. He picked his provisional, only to discover that the original ball was not his. Needless to say, we'll find out a little more about what happened. Stenson finishes up with a birdie at the 18th for a round of 67, leaving him four off the lead at seven under. However, it's not so rosy for Lee Westwood, who three-putts for a bogey five at the sixth. -11 Oosthuizen -9 Casey -7 Stenson, Jeong, Canizares -6 Karlsson, Kaymer, Barnes, Goosen

1758: Ben is off in search of sustenance as well as a businesscard of Jim Nantz, the CBS commentator currently in the BBC commentary box, a man who Ken Brown describes as "smooooooth". If you wouldn't mind refreshing your web browser, I would be awfully grateful. Lee Westwood sets himself up for his second shot to the sixth, only for a huge gust of wind (27mph from the left) to completely put him off his shot. He wisely settles for the wind to abate before landing a good 25-yards from the hole. The Englishman tightens up the hat to ensure no further embarrassments await.-11 Oosthuizen -9 Casey -7 Jeong, Canizares -6 Karlsson, Stenson, Kaymer, Barnes

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1750: Casey's up to nine under - super third at the par-five sixth and he taps in for birdie. Westwood just can't get anything going, his birdie effort squirms left... great escape from Stenson at 17, but he'll do well just to drop one from there... cracking putt, but it's a shot gone nonetheless... -11 Oosthuizen -9 Casey -7 Karlsson, Jeong, Canizares -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Barnes

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1748: Casey's up to nine under - super third at the par-five sixth and he taps in for birdie. Westwood just can't get anything going, his birdie effort squirms left... great escape from Stenson at 17, but he'll do well just to drop one from there... -11 Oosthuizen -9 Casey -7 Stenson, Karlsson, Jeong, Canizares

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1745: Casey with his second at five, he's got a three wood in his mitts... that got a wicked kick up the hill, fantastic hit to give him a chance of going 10 under par. Oosthuizen showing big guts with a 10-foot saver at four, well done that man. Kaymer hits back! Dirty great birdie putt at 10 and he's back to six under. German blood, pulsing through my veins... Barnes with a birdie at six, he heard what I said about the American challenge, he's up to six under. Evil for Stenson, he's found sand at 17 and may have to play out sideways... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Casey -7 Stenson, Karlsson, Jeong, Canizares

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1738: As someone has kindly reminded me on 606, McIlroy is our clubhouse leader - he's having a good old punch-up with the Old Lady this week, and remarkably, he's still never shot in the 70s. Woods with a bendy one off the ridge at 11, he's left himself a three-footer for par. Jin Jeong for eagle at five! He's back to seven under, the kid just don't give a monkey's... Dustin Johnson's birdied 12 and is in that gaggle at five under... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Casey -7 Stenson, Karlsson, Jeong, Canizares -5 Garcia, D Johnson, Goosen, Kaymer, Barnes, Lehman Westwood

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1732: Westwood has prodded his par effort wide at the fourth and drops back to five under, six off the lead. Casey makes no mistakes. Kaymer's muffed one as well, a tiddler at nine, he drops back to five under... heavy-handed from Stenson at 16, he's got a nasty one for par coming back... missed it... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Casey -7 Stenson, Karlsson, Canizares -5 Garcia, Kaymer, Barnes, Lehman, Jeong, Westwood

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1729: McIlroy bangs in his birdie putt at 18 for a 69 and three under overall. Killed by a double at 17, he'll need something extra-special to be challenging tomorrow - we know he can do it. Jeong of Korea drops a shot at four... solid if unspectacular start by Westwood, four, four, four and he's cosied a birdie putt up towards the hole at the fourth. Casey for birdie from 15 feet - misread, he stays three off the lead. -11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson, Casey -7 Karlsson, Canizares -6 Kaymer, Westwood

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1724: Another one gone for Calcs at three, that's three straight bogeys to start and his challenge could already be over. Our glorious leader Oosthuizen (pronounced 'west'huizen apparently) parred two and three to stay 11 under. Stenson's come up a wee bit shy with his second at 16, plenty to negotiate from there. Sean O'Hair with his second at seven and it's a little treacle, the ball checking right and finishing a couple of feet from the cup. Canizares moves to seven under with a birdie at four... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson, Casey -7 Karlsson, Canizares -6 Kaymer, Jeong, Westwood

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1718: Stenson with a very makeable birdie putt at 14... bit shy, he has to settle for par to stay -8 alongside Casey. Not many Americans at the top of the leaderboard - they've won 11 of the last 15 Opens, but former champions Lehman and Calcavecchia and Ricky Barnes are closest at the moment, tied for ninth on five under. Mind you, Lucas Glover's putting a great round together, five birdies on his card through 16, he's four under and seven off the lead.-11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson, Casey -7 Karlsson -6 Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood

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1711: Calcs duffed a chip at two and it's another shot gone. Playing partner and leader Oosthuizen made par to stay three clear of Stenson in second. Karlsson shows wonderful control with his pitch into the seventh as Mickelson birdies 18 for a mixed round of 70. Deary me, McIlroy in Tom Watson country up against the wall at 17 but he manages to prod it back onto the dancefloor. Karlsson drains that 10-footer for birdie, he's up to seven under... birdie for Casey, he's started par-birdie-birdie and joins Stenson in joint second on eight under... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson, Casey -7 Karlsson -6 Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood

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1706: Kevin Na - remember him? Out in 32, three bogeys coming home so far, -1 for his round through 17. Kaymer with another peachy approach at eight, he'll have a chance to get to seven under. Ricky Barnes made bogey at one but he's birdied three and is back to -5. British amateur champion Jin Jeong is off to a solid start, three straight pars. -11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson -7 Casey -6 Kaymer, Karlsson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Calcavecchia

1703: Good job Clarke's putter is working because he keeps leaving himself testers - another 10-footer at eight and he stays three under. If anyone's got a fire blanket on them, can the make their way to the 15th tee - Henrik Stenson is on fire. He very nearly bent another monster in at 14, the ball staying left by a couple of inches. Phil Mickelson fact: he's right-handed in everything except golf and learnt his swing by watching his dad in the mirror. Is that right? Whatever, he bogeyed 17... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson -7 Casey -6 Kaymer, Karlsson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Calcavecchia

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1657: Is 'The Bashful Prince' the worst nickname in the history of sport? We think not in this office - I give you John Part, aka 'Darth Maple'... Westwood with a 15-foot tickler at two - it grazes the hole right. Woods duffed his chip at eight and he can't make up for it - back to -2, that could be his challenge over. Casey makes his birdie, he's up to seven under, just four off the lead... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson -7 Casey -6 Kaymer, Karlsson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Calcavecchia

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1652: Bold again from Oosthuizen with his birdie putt and he's got a tester coming back. News of Ishikawa, 'The Bashful Prince' - out in a disappointing 37 and he's two under overall. Three putts for Calcs, he comes back to the peloton at six under. Casey with a six iron into the second... just skips over the hillock and snuggles up to the cup. Not bad from Westwood either, putt-out... shot gone for Oosthuizen... -11 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson -6 Kaymer, Karlsson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey, Calcavecchia

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1648: Calcs lets his second leak right slightly but he'll probably be putting from just off the green. Oosthuizen's second is bold as brass and all over the flag, 25-foot birdie chance coming back. US Open champ Graeme McDowell dropped a shot at two and is back to four under. Woods for birdie at seven but another one just slides by... another tester for Clarke but he's stuck it in from 10 feet. McIlroy at 16 with his second and it just catches the face and stops dead. If you've got Mickelson you can officially tear up your betting slips - double at 16, he's back to two under... -12 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson -7 Calcavecchia -6 Kaymer, Karlsson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

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1643: Calcavecchia, champion in 1989, grips it and rips it down the middle of the first and Louis chases him down there... "If he gets a spark going he can run the tables," is Wayne Grady's summary of Calcs, and how can you argue with that? Par for Westwood at one and Casey's comes up short, they both stay six under. Settlers for both of them... Karlsson curls in a birdie at five to get to six under, it's getting crowded up there... -12 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson -7 Calcavecchia -6 Kaymer, Karlsson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

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1639: Stenson at 13... HE'S STUCK IT IN FROM THE FAIRWAY! Streaky old character is Henrik, that's an eagle and he's up to eight under, second overall and four off the lead. Another birdie for McIlroy at 15, tremendous character from him today, not allowing yesterday's gales to blow him entirely off course - back to -5 he goes, he's not out of this just yet. Westwood safely on in two at the first, he vetoed his caddie and opted for a six iron. Even better from Casey into the frisky wind, and it's an even better result. This wind getting up, watch out Louis... -12 Oosthuizen -8 Stenson -7 Calcavecchia -6 Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

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1634: Tiger with slide-rule judgement at six, curling one to within a couple of feet, he'll have that for par. Magic moment for Cink, burying a long-range effort for birdie at 18 and a round of 72. It's chocks away for Westwood and Casey at the first, God speed you and do your best for Blighty... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

1629: Woods with a clipped four iron into the sixth but he hasn't given it enough and he's lucky it doesn't roll back down the front. Garcia at 11 and that's a little wonder of a shot - it lands, checks, clicks its heels and stands to attention a foot from the cup. Canizares just carries the burn at the first before Clarke leaves himself a 20-footer for par after a fine approach at six. Watney in the groove, rolling the ball down the valley in front of the fifth, up again and to within a few feet. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

1625: Stephen Gallacher is in with a 70 for -2 overall, he's having a good season. McIlroy weeds his birdie putt at 14, he'll stay -4. Only one English winner at St Andrews since 1939, that was Nick Faldo in 1990, but we've got Casey and Westwood off the first in a minute. Could one of this pair snap the trend? -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

1622: Karlsson with one of the shots of the day into four, using the breeze and stiffing his ball to within 15 feet. Ricky Barnes has slapped his second into the burn guarding the first green, think the wind got that in a big way. Canizares of Spain gets his tee shot safely away at the first and here's Korean 'phenom' Jin Jeong, that's not bad either. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

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1618: Woods hits trouble at five, a hole where you'd expect to make birdie. Well, I wouldn't, but these boys would. Snakey one downhill and it never gets its groove on, the world number one dropping back to -3. Bradley Dredge of Wales is out in 34 for -4 overall, but Goosen's let one slip away at two, he's back to -4. Cracking save by Clarke at five to stay -4. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

Open leader Louis Oosthuizen: "I knew it was going a late tee-time, but not 1640, it has felt more like a week. I'm trying to enjoy the moment, it's not every day you can lead by five going into a Saturday in an Open championship. I feel quite good, I'm anxious to get out on the course as the wind is picking up a bit, although it's not as strong as it was yesterday."

World number 10 Paul Casey (-6, teeing off at 1630): "The rain showers we had yesterday were nothing to the wind the guys had yesterday afternoon. I almost couldn't watch anymore. It was brutal for them out there. As Tom Watson said on Thursday, 'what she gave away today, she will take back'. Well, she took them back pretty quickly. I've been watching this morning and if you play well then you can still score out there."

1613:Al in Fano, I hate you, I really do, but I will still tell you that we are expecting sun for the rest of the day at St Andrews and we're not expecting the wind to get bang out of line, although saying that, it's billowing stronger out there now. Nick Watney's favourite book, by the way, is Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and the best advice he's ever been given? "Stay true to yourself". -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

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1609: Nick Watney moves to five under par in his third Open - another birdie at four, his two previous finishes 35th and 27th. Kaymer with a 15-footer for birdie at four - GOT HIM! The willowy German joins that group on six under - to Oosthuizen, it will look like a dark and menacing cloud gathering on the leaderboard. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Kaymer, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

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1606: Donald is in with a 69 courtesy of a birdie at the last, back to a respectable two under for the championship. Dustin Johnson knocks in a birdie at five, that's just about par for the course, if you know what I mean. The American, who could forever be remembered for his meltdown on day four at the US Open this year, is four under. The removal vans are everywhere, 'moving day' living up to its name - Kaymer birdies three and is five under, Garcia birdies nine, is out in 33 and is also five under. And let's not forget Stenson, another birdie at nine, out in 33, he joins the group tied for third on six under. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey

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Al in Fano via text: "Hi Ben. Can you give us an update on the St Andrews weather and forecast for this afternoon? The temperature is approaching 100 here in Italy and it's too hot to scroll down... If it gets any hotter I may just have to get up from my deckchair to take a dip in the pool."

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1556: Germany's Martin Kaymer, who hits it long and low, has parred the opening two holes and is four under. Fredrick Andersson Hed very nearly pitches in for eagle at five, the Swede looks like a giant Fox's Glacier Mint. Garcia has got the adrenalin pumping, too rare a sight these days - cracking approach at nine, Watney bends in a birdie putt at three to get to four under. Clarke's birdie putt ducks left too soon at four but he taps in for par. Tiger putting downhill for birdie and it shaves the hole to the left. That putting stroke is looking pretty solid though. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey -5 Barnes, Goosen, Hanson, Jimenez, Lehman, McDowell, O'Hair

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1551: News of Rory - 63 on Thursday, 80 on Friday - he's birdied 12 and is back to four under. The kid was just playing rope-a-dope... it's US Open o'clock on the first tee - two-time winner Retief Goosen clips a three wood down the middle and reigning champ Graeme McDowell keeps it social. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey -5 Barnes, Goosen, Hanson, Jimenez, Lehman, McDowell, O'Hair

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1548: Good saver from Gallacher at 15 after flying through the green and Garcia makes a clutch putt at seven to stay -4. Monty drains a birdie at 18 for a round of 74, good recovery after a horror start for the Ryder Cup captain. Lucas Glover, 2009 US Open champion, is two under for the day through 11 and three under overall. My apologies - and I should know this, I've got money on him - Stenson made birdie at nine, he's now tied for third on six under. And not forgetting his old mucker Robert Karlsson - birdie at one to ge to five under. Big up the Swedes. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Stenson, Canizares, Jeong, Westwood, Casey -5 Barnes, Goosen, Hanson, Jimenez, Lehman, McDowell, O'Hair

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1540:James via Twitter or something or other asks what the difference is between a links course and a normal golf course. Well James, links courses are basically how golf began in Scotland - on the coast, very few trees, if any, using mainly the natural contours of the land. Because they didn't really have any earth-moving equipment in those days, they were unable to alter the landscape as they can today, so deep bunkers, the wind and the natural roll of the land are the courses' main defences. Stenson just misses with another makeable birdie effort at nine, but he's out in 33. Mickelson, who's been looking to get his motor running all week, finally kicks it into action, long birdie at 13 to get to four under. Woods' birdie putt at three stays right...

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1535: Stenson for birdie from just off the eighth green... rolling, rolling, rolling, boom! Hits the stick and disappears, the Swede up to -5. JB Holmes, a 2008 Ryder Cupper, is out in 34 courtesy of an eagle at five and birdie at nine, he's four under overall. Shot gone for Stephen Gallacher at 14, which is averaging 4.86 this week, the Scot back to -3. The world beware - Garcia is holing putts! Big old birdie at six, the Spaniard's spurs are jingle-jangling, he's four under.

1530: Congratulations to JJ from Newcastle for being the first to insinuate that Ben Dirs is a made-up name. If I was to make up a name for myself, Ben Dirs would be pretty near the bottom of the list, just below Nicholas Van Banjax III. Woods very nearly makes a monster disappear at two! So close, he stays -4. Clarke steadies the ship with a saver.

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1525: Kevin Na of the United States was out in 32 - he's four under. McIlroy with a good saver at 10, he's bounced back well today. Nick Watney's just teed off - interesting character, Watney, some digging has revealed his favourite drink is chocolate milk. Rickie Fowler, the 21-year-old stripling from California, was in with a 71 today, still in the black though. His favourite ever Christmas present? A tennis racquet from his girlfriend. Woods with a bit of GBH, double-crossing his approach at the second. Donald back on track, recovering from that bogey at 14 with a birdie at 15 courtesy of a lengthy putt. The world number seven is two under.

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1518: Shot gone for Darren Clarke at the first, he drops back to -3. Australia's Robert Allenby, without a win on the PGA Tour for nine years now, birdies 10 and 12 and is one under par. Henrik Stenson of Sweden has got a jog on, two under through six for four under overall. Eagle for Sergio at five! The Spaniard up to three under, good to see him going well.

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1514: Zane Scotland, who promised so much as a teenager, is -1 for the week through 13. Matt Kuchar of the United States is in with a 71 for +1 overall. One of his ambitions his to "try to find a way to get more kids involved in athletics". Lovely stuff. Luke Donald drops a shot at 14, he drops back to -1. Woods fizzes his second into the first, pin high, but his putt across curls just right, he kicks off with a par.

1508: Many thanks Pranav, our office Thomas More - a man for all seasons. Ben Dirs back in the seat (manually refresh to make that clear). Ross Fisher pops in for a 68, birdie at the last to make up for that double at 17, sort of. Tiger on tee and he's clipped one down the middle. He's with Darren Clarke, who's revelling being back in the limelight, and the Northern Irishman follows him down there. Mickelson shy with his birdie attempt at 11, he stays -3.


By Pranav Soneji

1502: "We've seen Daly hit more lips than Mohammad Ali this week," says BBC commentator Mark James as the "Wild Thing" attempts a birdie on the fifth, but is well wide. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy drives up the ninth while the previous duo of Kevin Na and Peter Senior are still on the green. I can imagine a few worried looks over their shoulders as the call came through. Time to say goodbye and for the freshly nourished Ben Dirs to take over until the day's close.


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From Steve, sunny Solihull, text 81111: "My wife has no interest in watching the Open until she just saw Robert Rock interviewed. Suddenly very interested."
Like a cross between a young Robert Wagner and England goalkeeper Robert Green. Any other Roberts to shoehorn in there? Redford? Louis Stevenson?

Robert Rock (-3): "I was just happy to be playing today - I didn't know if I was going to make the cut this morning. I got away with a lot on the back nine. [On his eagle at seven] I didn't think I had much chance of getting it close, I felt I needed to get it right on the front of the green. It bounced a couple of times and suddenly they were cheering! It depends what happens later on. It could calm down when Louis [Oosthuizen] starts. If he has a good round then I'll be miles away."

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1455: Ross Fisher valiantly attempts to consolidate the damage on the 17th with a long putt but his ball rolls a foot short, resulting in a double bogey, completely deflating his superb run of back-nine birdies.


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1452: Colombian Villegas does indeed putt for par to move back to one under, while playing partner Rory McIlory holds for par for the day. Home favourite Stephen Gallacher sinks a 20-foot birdie at the 12th, his fourth in his last six holes, to go four under. Meanwhile, the wind is whipping up, mussing Robert Rock's impressive side parting in an interview with BBC Sport's Russell Fuller. Contrasting fortunes for Mickelson and Ross Fisher - Leftie is on the money with a birdie on the ninth while Ross Fisher finds the road and bounces out of bounds on the 17th. Ouch. The Englishman's next shot is a lot more tidier, landing about 30 yards from the pin. But that mistake will damage his digits badly.


1444: Ross Fisher, clad in a green polo shirt with a black long-sleeved T-shirt underneath, misses out on his third successive birdie on the 16th as he overcooks his strike with the hole five yards away. Meanwhile, JB Holmes has just sunk a monster on the par-five fifth for eagle - that has travelled at least 70 yards, if not more, which takes the American to four under. Villegas, who made a double-bogey six on the sixth, hits a beauty of an approach shot on the seventh, which should help to bring him back to par for round three.


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1435: Extraordinary. Padraig Harrington has hooped a green piece of cloth around his right leg to his golf bag as he thumps a number of swings on the practice greens. Mark James informs us that's to prevent his knee from moving too quickly on his swing. As expected, Ross Fisher taps in to move to four under, while Mickelson just misdirects a 10-footer to the left of the eighth hole. You know things aren't right when Mickelson's putting is off... if you're after a bit of analysis, have a look at Wayne Grady's advice for Louis Oosthuizen as he prepares to defend his halfway lead.

1428: Villegas gets greedy on seven, taking too big a club and leaving his bunker escape in the sand. He pops it out at the second time of asking. Ross Fisher is cashing in on the back nine with an absolute ripper on the 15th, floating the perfect approach shot about five yards short of the pin for an excellent birdie chance. The Englishman, currently three under, has three birdies in five since the ninth and has the perfect opportunity to join the four under group.

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1420: Rory McIlroy birdies the par-five fifth, his first for the day. Sergio Garcia, still jubilant following Spain's World Cup victory - apparently there's star above his breast pocket - is just short with a 25-yarder on the first for par, equalled by playing partner Adam Scott. Horrible, treacherous rain, bucketing down at a good 45-degree angle, is given the course an unwanted watering. Meanwhile, Kevin Na sinks a beauty uphill for his third birdie in six holes, catapulting the American up the leaderboard.

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1414: Mickelson on the sixth - and he's nailed his second birdie of the day from nine yards or so. "Stay up you dirty swine" pleads Mark James on the commentary as Rory McIlroy sees his second shot on the par-five fifth squirt beyond the green after looking good on the approach. Camilo Villegas, meanwhile, has no such concerns and finds the carpet with a lovely shot, giving him the perfect opportunity for eagle. Robert Rock cards the best score of the day with a birdie on the 18th to finish on 67, nestling him at three under on the leaderboard.

US Open champion Graeme McDowell (-5): "I got home yesterday and sat back and watched the coverage and found it entertaining for an hour and then started feeling sorry for the boys, it was brutal. Louis Oosthuizen will have to make mistakes for me to be able to catch him but there's a stiff breeze and mistakes to be made. The pins look more accessible though and the course is a little bit more benign. Growing up on links courses it's in my blood and it comes back pretty quickly - it's all about ball shaping, controlling the flight, especially into the wind. The rest is about the short game, there's so much imagination required, with long distance putting and chipping with everything from wedges to five irons. I'm just happy to be in with an opportunity after a scrappy start - I really dug in deep and managed to post a number yesterday and watched the field come back to me. Just to give myself a chance on Sunday, that's all I'm looking for."

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1403: More tremendous hitting from Daly puts the American within 10 feet of the pin, but his putting once again lets him down as he misses out on the opportunity to open his round with a birdie for the second time in three days. First mistake on the green from Robert Rock, who, after a superb long putt from 50 yards, misses a straightforward opportunity for par to drop back to two under. Shocker for Ian Poulter on the seventh with a double--bogey six, dropping to three over for the tournament. Whoops.

1359:Wallop! A lovely thwack from John Daly as the "Cherry Bombs" make their first appearance on the Old Course, landing his tee shot slap bang down the centre of the fairway, although playing partner Marcel Siem takes his top hand off his deriver at the top of follow through, but the German's not in any real danger to the left. Meanwhile, another European Henrik Stenson begins his third round with a birdie to move to three under overall. Charl Schwartzel finishes his third round with 68 as a 10-footer for birdie rolls around the hole but decides not to drop, much to the chagrin of the exasperated South African.

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1350: Cut to Tiger on the practice greens - he's got two tees set up about six inches apart. He looks the dictionary definition of "focussed" - that stare could probably cut bank vaults. Tiger is in action at 1505. Villegas (Beeyaygas, Villigas etc) breaks out the "Spider" while Robert Rock sinks a five-footer to maintain his place at three under on the leaderboard. Lovely burst of three-day stubble from Rock, although BBC commentator Peter Alliss blames former England opener and cricket captain Graham Gooch for the lazy beard look. McIlroy sinks par number three on the third, along with playing partner Villegas.

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1342: Impressive putting from Luke Donald for birdie on the eighth, nailing a 20-footer to move to two under for the day and one under for the tournament. More whoops of delight as Colin Montgomerie, who has shifted up from the bottom of the leaderboard, sinks a birdie on the ninth, reaching the turn at 37. He was 35 at the same point on Friday and 36 on Thursday.

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From Ian, Yateley, text 81111: "Why do all the BBC commentators insist on pronouncing the surname of Camilo Villegas with an extra g (or J)? Surely Ivor Robson introduced him correctly as Camilo Vee-eh-gas!"
Interesting point Ian. The Argentines pronounce the ll sound as a "J", while the Spanish utilise the "y" sound. Not too sure what the Colombians do. Add in some Latin American countries pronouncing the "vee" as a "bee" and we're asking for all sorts of pedantry...

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1333: Mickelson's back on level terms for today with a birdie on the par-three, 397 third, moving him back to par overall as Robert Rock drills a 30-foot putt about half a foot from the 15th hole, tapping in for par to remain at three under for the tournament. Over on the second, Rory McIlroy, curly wisps of youthful hair bursting out from under his cap, misses out another chance for birdie, as does playing partner Villegas, who sees his putt roll way left.

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1326: The rain is absolutely belting down as Rory McIlroy takes refuge under a huge umbrella as he pushes his putt for birdie wide of the hole, his third successive par on the first. The Northern Irishman's run of bogeys began on the fourth on Friday, so he'll be desperate to avoid a similar fate today. Playing partner Camilo Villegas also pars his opening hole with both players static on one under. Meanwhile, Ross Fisher sinks a birdie to move to one under for the tournament and two under for the day.

1319: From one leftie to another as Phil Mickelson just rolls a putt for par to the left of the hole from about seven yards on the second, dropping to two over. Meanwhile, Robert Rock displays nerves as solid as his surname with a confident putt from 10 yards on the 14th to remain bogey-free for his third round. Oh yes, would you mind manually refreshing your web browser to pick up the subtlest of changes to your guide on this glorious Saturday?

By Ben Dirs

1311: Camilo Villegas of Colombia, with rounds of 68 and 75 in the locker, stands on the first tee and drills one under the wind. He's playing with Rory McIlroy - how will the young man deal with that 18-shot swing? Good first shot, he's down almost immediately picking up his tee... I'm handing over to Pranav Soneji for an hour or so, I'll see you later...

Alvaro Quiros, the longest hitter on the European Tour:"I don't think it's going to be a great advantage this week. I'm not putting good, so it's always difficult in these kinds of tournaments to make the cut without putting well. Hopefully I can be four or five under and in a good position to fight for a top-15 spot."

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David Dishon, Glasgow, via text: "I love how John Daly has names for all his trousers! I can see him talking to them at night, analysing that day's round."

1307: For anyone wanting to know a bit more about Robert Rock, who's five under for the day, his official website explains that "he has a stable married life, is very popular throughout the Tour and remains a favourite with the media thanks to a combination of his long driving, excellent ball striking and good looks." You've got to give it to him, he's cute. And here he is, with his third to 14 - that's not good, curving round three pot bunkers before ducking for cover in the fourth. Squally rain sweeps in as Poults putts to get to level par... just misses left, he stays +1.

1995 Open champion John Daly: "[On his trousers for the third round] These are called the 'cherry bombs'. I wasn't very happy, not because of the weather but because of the way I performed. I hit the ball great yesterday as I had a lot of opportunities, the only bad shot I hit was the third in the 11th. But my putting was horrible."

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1300: Donald with a birdie at five and he's back to level par. Pretty ordinary second from Phil at the first but that's a treacle of a putt, leaving him a tap-in for par. Robert Rock's still grinding it out down the back nine, pars between 10 and 13 to remain three under for the week. Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark let a shot slip at 12, he's back to -1. Poulter with his second at four, wind off the left, and that's pretty solid hitting, right into the guts.

1257: Phil Mickelson on tee and he's clobbered one straight down the middle. He's playing with Marc Leishman of Australia, who follows him down... got money on Leftie, and you'd have to think he'll go low at some point... wouldn't you? Here's John Daly getting ready to hit off - he's got his 'Cherry Bombs' on today: black and red tiger-striped strides, he looks like a beast from Greek myth, as if some malicious golfing god has turned him into half-man, half-tiger for the sins of his past.

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1249: Good whack from Monty at five, eagle chance... he's back to three over. Pernice Jr, our third-round outrider, birdies 14 and is back at level par. Poulter now with his second at three - good shot that, although he's still got a 20-footer for birdie. Stewart Cink absolutely splattered his tee shot down the third but it's a pretty ordinary pitch on.

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1243: Three putt for Cink - although three putts are a relative thing on this course - and he's back to level. Did you know that the winner of the Open used to win a belt rather than the Claret Jug? Rather like outright winners of a Lonsdale Belt in boxing, Young Tom Morris got to keep it after winning four in a row. I'm here all night... no really, I am here all night... Monty having the sort of morning that might make him wish he'd missed the cut - bogey, double-bogey, bogey between two and four, he's propping up the field at +5. Poulter misses a very makeable birdie putt at two to stay +1.

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1238: Schwartzel's dropped a shot at the 12th to slip back to -3. Rickie Fowler's back to level par after an opening 79, that's true American grit from the 21-year-old - out in 34 with two birdies and no dropped shots. Steve Marino, who's never won on the PGA Tour, is going well - birdie at the par-five fifth, he's back under par. Cink for birdie at two and look at the break on that... ends up looking a little bit silly, the ball sent out right and, like a disobedient boomerang, it refuses to come back... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Jeong, Canizares -5 Barnes, Goosen, Hanson, Jimenez, Lehman, McDowell, O'Hair

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1229: Cink is back in the red after that tap-in at one. Rock's cosied up a monster at the par-three 11th, he should stay five under for the day. Rickie Fowler of the United States is one under through eight and +1 overall. Poults launches one down the second, but that's not great either, in the fluffy stuff. If you like living in the past rather than the present you can have a look at the day two highlights . Ross Fisher of England birdies five, he's one under for the week.

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1224: Hunter Mahan of Oranga, California, birdied four and is back in the red. Here's defending champion Stewart Cink - all over the flag at the first, he should make birdie. Poulter, looking like a giant flump marshmallow in yellow and pink, could let one got at the first, his third's come up well short. Donald let's a birdie chance slip his grasp, four-footer slides by, he stays one over. Poulter's saver stays low, he drops back to +1.

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1210: Just seen Sunday's forecast, apparently it's gonna be lobbing it down in Fife tomorrow. Robert Rock is tearing St Andrews a brand new hole - birdie at nine, out in 31, he's three under overall. Kent's Steven Tiley is back in the red after his rather torrid morning - birdie at five for 'The Panther'.

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1206: Shot gone for Monty at two - back to the normal putter today, was using a belly effort yesterday. Full tee times can be found elsewhere on this website , but a few of the gooduns are: 1310 - McIlroy and Villegas; 1350 - Daly; 1505 - Clarke and Woods; 1550 - McDowell; 1630 - Westwood and Casey; 1640 - Calcavecchia and Oosthuizen.

1156: Schwartzel made that birdie at nine, he went out in 32. Luke Donald is out, the world number seven, and he taps in for par at the first to stay one under. By the way, all those people who texted in saying St Andrews is too easy - yesterday was all your fault, the Old Lady kicked like a mule and bit like a crocodile - she's a bit more docile today.

2009 Dunhill Links winner Simon Dyson on his 75 on Friday: "To be honest that's the best golf I have played all year. I dropped a couple of shots on the 16th and 17th, I made two bogeys off them but I still hit the ball really well. It was brutal - it was the worst wind I have ever played in. For the ball to be moving on the greens it has to be pretty strong. The conditions today are not a patch on yesterday, it's more like what it was on Thursday afternoon, so the course will be a lot more playable. I'm hoping the pin positions will be more generous, they were severe yesterday. Hopefully they have given us more chances out there."

1152: As someone just pointed out in the office, why didn't Tom Pernice go out with Prince Andrew today? I hear he's been at a loose end, pretty much since It's a Royal Knockout. Kjeldsen's birdie effort curls off too soon at seven, Rock in for par at eight. Schwartzel gives himself another chance of birdie with a sweet approach at nine.

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
1148: Robert Rock of England, playing in his fourth Open, is on the charge - eagle at seven, he's four under for his round and two under overall. Quite the dandy is Robert, always puts me in mind of a 70's movie star - I'd wager he's got a corduroy suit hung up in the locker room. Make no mistake, if it stays like this, there'll be some rounds in the mid-60s today - Danny Chia of Malaysia was a couple of feet away from making an albatross at five and tapped in for eagle to get to two under.

World number seven Luke Donald: "The wind helped me out a lot [yesterday]. It's going to be a breezy today but nothing like yesterday. I was lucky as I was in the morning group, I didn't have the high winds the afternoon players had. It looks like another day with a fresh breeze, but I'm glad to be here with a chance. Anything in the 60s today will be pretty good."

World number eight Ian Poulter: "I was pretty happy [with Friday's round of 73], but I didn't do myself any favours on Thrusday when guys were shooting seven, eight or nine under. I left myself a lot of work in the wind when it was difficult to make birdies. Days like yesterday are about about making as many pars as possible. You can't be aggressive if the weather stays like this - it's difficult for everyone. I need to play par golf and take any chances I get."

1141: News of Tom Pernice, who actually opted to play alone today (often a local pro or some lucky chap gets a chance to play with him) - the Kansas native, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, went out in 35, one birdie and no dropped shots on his card. Ken Brown reckons he's never seen easier pin placements on day three of an Open, someone could go low today.

European Up
1136: Ben Dirs here for an hour or so while Ashenden gets up to whatever he gets up to when he's not writing about golf. News reaches me that Charl Schwartzel of South Africa has birdied seven and is back in the red. He and Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, who's just birdied the par-four sixth, are the only two men out on the course under par.

By Mark Ashenden

1129: Scottish Open champion Eduardo Molinari on BBC One: "Links golf is great to play when it's windy and it looks as if the wind is up again today, so I'm looking forward to it."

1125: On the back of accusations that suspending play on Friday favoured certain players, the chairman of The Open's championship committee Michael Brown says: "Absolute nonsense. What precipitated the suspension was that quite quickly officials at four different greens reported that balls were moving."

1121: His Royal Highness Prince Andrew on BBC One: "This course on day one showed it can be easy - and then on day two showed its teeth."

1117: The birdies keep coming and guess who's bagged one. It's only Steven 'I almost blew it' Tiley. After his shocking finale to the second round earlier, the man from Kent starts his third round with a par and birdie. That takes him to level par.

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veekay1 on 606: "I don't really see Poulter winning this. His only hope (in my humble opinion) is if the Old Lady continues to grumble as he can battle with the best of them. If it's a birdiefest he is not prolific enough."

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Richard, via text: "Burning the midnight oil in NZ and as a passionate englishman will really look forward to westwood +casey but it really is a lottery"

1106: Bill Oddie must be rejoicing into his green overalls. The birdies are everywhere. Tom Pernice Jnr, Charl Schwartzel, Soren Kjeldsen and Robert Rock are all on one under for the day. American Heath Slocum will be strolling up to the first tee at 1125. Anybody remember the TV classic Are you being served? Tenuous link this one but where are you now Mrs Slocombe? Mollie Sugden, rest in peace. Back to the golf.....

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Brian in Northern Ireland, via text: "Darren Clarke showed great course management yesterday, playing up to nightfall in the worst of the weather and shot 2 under for the 15 holes he completed, while most others were over par. With more wind today I can see the big man climbing towards the top of the leaderboard."

tornadomanuk on Twitter: "Im still hedging bets that Ian Poulter might pull something out of the bag today and creep up the leader board."

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Mark in Kirkcudbright, via text: "My money is on westwood, so let's hope he stays fit and finally wins a major. Stuck at work today, but all going well i'll be at st andrews tomorrow"
Westwood is paired with Casey and go at 1630.

1045: The players continue to express their unhappiness with Friday's conditions. Do you ever hear builders or dustmen moaning about how the wind is making life tricky blowing the bins or bricks around? Ross Fisher - who scored a 68 and 77 - tells BBC Sport: "It was pretty brutal. I got blown off four tee shots and putting was difficult. It was a test of patience - you have to just do as good as you could. You had to grind out a score."

1033: England's Robert Rock has started his third round with a birdie. As the third pairings get going, how about checking out some top quality video with Ken Brown. Guaranteed to wipe a few shots off your card at St Andrews. Tactics on the opening hole or how about how to play the Swilken Burn. More video links a bit later.

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Carl on 606: "My predictions for the end of round standings.
-7 Hanson, Westwood. -6 Woods, Barnes, Clarke. -5 Jiminez, Singh, Casey. -4 Oosthuizen"

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Mick in Leeds, via text: "After purple paisley and pink vomit, what will john daly be wearing today?"
Any thoughts? Should a man ever wear pink? I think so. On a golf course? Most definitely. In the office? mmmmmm

1019: Steven Tiley reveals the battle inside his head earlier this morning as he almost messed up on making the cut having started the day in third spot. "I just couldn't make a par. I tried my hardest, but the last eight was panic really. I did everything well the first day (66) and for nine holes yesterday, but the greens were a little bit slower than yesterday and after a couple of three-putts I suddenly couldn't stop making bogeys however hard I tried. That's just golf - when it goes it goes."

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Damian in London, via text: "Up at 6am to travel the 471 miles from London to St Andrews in the hope that I'll be partying with Rory mac and the claret jug on Sunday night"

US up
1012: Tom Pernice Junior gets the third round going and he's all on his own because of the 77 players in action. Poor love. The American bangs in a birdie though. He moves on to 1+. Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel up next.

godeangogogogo on Twitter: "I fancy Paul Casey on -6 for a push on Oosthuizen in the winds of up to 25mph today"

TomSeath on Twitter: "Oosterhuizen's name is pronounced oasterhouzen - easthouses Good job the JOOP ZOETEMELK is no longer in the Tour de France!"
You're never old enough to learn. Sweet work Tom, thank you.

1001: I know it's the weekend, you've probably just put the kettle on - not to mention the slippers, but BBC One is now ON with the golf. However, you'll have to manually refresh this page to get the video in. Quite simple really. In fact you can probably complete this minor task with one finger. Maybe even with your eyes closed. Let us know how you get on. And let us know what you're up.

0953: With BBC One, HD and Red Button coverage just a few minutes away with the third round players starting to buff up their drivers at 1000, surely the first thing you want to do today is chuck us your thoughts, bad golfing lookalikes or predictions. How about tweeting me @bbcsport_mark, texting on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or kick off the debate on 606. Give it your best.

0948: With leader Louis Oosthuizen able to put his feet up until 1640, the South African can relax to the max knowing his 12-under total of 132 and a lead of five shots is the biggest halfway lead since American Bobby Clampett in the 1982 Open at Troon.

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Daniel in Nottingham, via text: "You have to give massive respect to rickie fowler. 79 on day one, managed to birdie two of the last four holes yesterday for a 67 and made the cut. Got to admire that resilience"

Twitter
BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter on Twitter: "Ready for round three. The sun shines. The wind blows. 5 mph less than yesterday but going to be a real challenge again"

0938: Tiley has a couple of hours of chill time before his third round starts at 1050. After bogeying four holes in a row from the 14th before parring the 18th to card a 79 and survive the cut, he describes the day as "eight holes of panic". Your day is far from over Mr Tiley. Don't forget to set the alarm if you're fancying a quick snooze.

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Andy in Bolton, via text: "I think today is set up perfectly for Darren Clarke to mount a serious challenge. As for me i'm off to play a quick round in Southport, where the weather is similar to St Andrews yesterday"

fiferjim on Twitter: "Anybody could win, can't see oosthuizen staying so far ahead. Would love Darren Clarke to come through"

0923: It's official. The third round will begin at 1000 and poor old American Tom Pernice Jnr will be playing on his own. Final pairing of Louis Oosthuizen and Mark Calcavecchia head off at 1640 BST. We're in for another long day. Lee Westwood and Paul Casey start at 1630. Tiger Woods will be joined by Darren Clarke and kick off at 1505. To save my sweaty digits, why not check out the official site for all the times at opengolf.com leaderboard . But don't forget to come back. If you want to that is. It's a free world I guess.

0915: A quick reminder of the summit of the leaderboard after 36 holes.
-12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Jeong, Canizares -5 Barnes, Goosen, Hanson, Jimenez, Lehman, McDowell, O'Hair -4 Clarke, Garrido, Karlsson, Kaymer, Taniguchi, Watney, Woods

0911: The cut is at two over and 77 players live to fight it out for the final rounds. England's Robert Rock survives despite his second-round 78. Also making it by one streaky shot are: Ross Fisher, Colin Montgomerie, Steve Stricker and Luke Donald. So what are your predictions folks for who'll be grabbing the Jug of Claret tomorrow night?

0906: Thongchai Jaidee was in action this morning and carded a second-round five-over 77 to finish on eight-over 152, six off the 36-hole cut. The reigning Asian Tour number one says: "Yesterday was really tough. It was unplayable. I had two doubles, one bogey and no birdies. I putted better, but it was too late."

It's good news for a Briton at the Open
0855: I applaud Steven Tiley. The 657th-ranked Englishman had eight holes to finish his second round. He started the day tied for third. A double bogey was followed by a par and five bogeys. He needed a par to avoid a miserable departure and make the weekend's action. He strolls up the 18th and ......he pars it. Phew. The third round will get going in about an hour. The cut looks like it's 2+.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: " Fresh winds again today, 15-20mph with gusts to 25-30, so not quite as strong as 'Ferocious' Friday. Showers this morning, dry later."

0843: As it stands, the cut will be 2+. Justin Rose will be kicking himself finishing Friday just one shot off the mark. Tiley is wobbling like a nervous lump of jelly. The misery rolls on. It's a bogey on the 17th and he's one over. Can he hold himself on the last hole?

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Nick in Chesham, via text: "Shoving kids onto the Eurostar today then rush back to watch the drama. Will interrupt for a round tomorrow am. Perfect!"

gifuoh on Twitter: "Steven Tiley: Please make the cut! You deserve it! Just hunker down and do it! Only two holes left!"

0834: Tiley's now on level par with a bogey on the 16th - that's his third in a row. He may now be thinking about alternative plans for the weekend. Tiger Woods gives his advice for dealing with the conditions. "You've got to have patience," he says. Woods will be eight shots off the pace when he gets going a little later. Can he do it?

0828: Bothered about the weather forecast? Will it be brollies or the players getting the glue out to stick their ball to the green? Morning forecast is dry and then the wind is expected to get up to 30mph in the afternoon with passing showers but there will be a fair bit of sunshine. If that's not a variable forecast I don't know what is.

0825: Alejandro Canizares has a very steady four holes as he tidies up his second round to card a 71 including a birdie on the 17th. He's in a healthy spot in third on six under. Just a handful of players left rattling off round two. It will be an hour's wait after the last pairing hole out at the 18th and then it's round three joy.

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Paul in Hove, via text: "Been in the office since 6am but cant wait to get home midday to watch the golf. Come on rory and lee"

Darren Clarke after a second successive 70 (he resumed on the 16th this morning): "It was a time for knocking shots down and chasing the ball up - and that's what I grew up doing. It was obviously very tough, but that's links golf and I've played in a lot worse."

0805: Oi Tiley. I'm getting bored of saying this. Tiz another bogey. Fifth shot dropped in five. If his putting arms wobbles any more he'll be in danger of missing the cut. He started the day tied in third spot. Any guesses where he is now? Tied in 39th place. That officially is a shocker. Although Rory McIlroy may have something to say about the official definitions of the word 'shocker' after his eight-over 80 on Friday.

jamiedoozer on Twitter: "Going shopping for camping trip in Peak District next week w/ scouts from Ireland this AM, golf all PM on the beeb :)"
Sounds like a pretty sweet day. Hiking boots and a six-pack of beer the essentials on the shopping list I am assuming? Oh, and a whistle I dare say. What else do you need?

It's bad news for a Briton at the Open
0752: Tiley-alert. And it's my first use of a graphic. Sorry folks, it's time to dig out the bogey graphic (although I don't have one). I challenge anybody to knock up one of those. Yep - he's slipped down to two under. That's four dropped shots in four holes. Hang in there Steven, just four holes to go.

0746: A few people wonder when the BBC coverage is starting. Well as you can see, the live text commentary is alive and well. BBC One/HD from 1000 BST. Red Button from 1000 BST. Radio 5 live from 1200. What more do you need? I'm sure you can think of something....

DiscoStew1 on Twitter: "It certainly is too early, I'm up after having nightmares about John Dalys scary trousers!"
I've opted for a pair of shorts this morning. I may come to applaud that decision but right now, it's a shocker. What is everybody up to today? At St Andrews? Playing a game somewhere? Off to a festival? Stuck in the office? I'd like to know.

0738: Time to get some Zs for Jeong. The third round won't start until at least an hour after the second round has finished so do you hit the practice ground or the sack? Jong opts for the latter. He says: "I only had four and a half hours' sleep but I birdied the last so that made me happy. I'm just going to have a sleep and a good rest so it shouldn't be a problem this afternoon."

0733: Jin Jeong has started his Saturday in smooth and efficient fashion. He had one hole to play this morning and the 20-year-old British Amateur champion from South Korea birdies the 18th to take a share of third place with England's Lee Westwood and Paul Casey. Top effort.

0726: In case you don't know, it's the top 70 players that make the third round. Projected cut is at two over. Tiley pars the 13th. That may get the smile back on his face. Golf chat on Radio 5 live and they remind us that Mr Tiley had just eight hours between finishing his play on Friday and getting his driver out on Saturday. Wonder if he had time to chow down his St Andrews fry-up this morning? I thought I did well to finish off a bowl of corn flakes and muesli combo in the two-minute window I had when the birds were singing.

0716: On the back of Tiley's freefall this morning, the highest placed golfer in action at the moment is Spaniard Alejandro Canizares. He's got four holes to finish this morning and sits pretty on five under.

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Blackie in Belfast, via text: "Don't write off the mighty Rory yet! Yes he had a bad day, however don't forget his recent win after narrowly making the cut, Come on Rory!!"

0707: Back to Tiley. He may be wishing he stayed under his tartan duvet this morning. After his opening double bogey it's another bogey on the 12th. He's now on three under and three over for the round. He should still be about for the last two rounds though. The projected cut stands at two over but that may well change.

0703: A few words from the old timer Tom Watson who completed what was probably his last round at St Andrews in the Open on Friday. Watson carded a second round 75 to miss the cut on four over par. Watson: "This golf course was tough. She was naked on Friday, but she put on her boxing gloves and just hit us with all she had."
Anybody else had any experiences with golf courses not wearing any clothes?

0659: So just a reminder. There are 30 players still to finish their second rounds on Saturday morning after more than an hour was lost on Friday afternoon with those 40mph gusts causing balls to move on the greens. Will we hear the hooter today? The third round should be starting at around 0900 BST. Here's a quick glimpse of the top of the leaderboard. Still massively wide open.
-12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Jeong

0652: More score updates in a bit and a quick word on last night's proceedings. A quick reminder on how you can get involved during the day. How about tweeting me @bbcsport_mark, text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or - from 0900 BST - give your thoughts and predictions on 606. I look forward to hearing from you.

0646: Steven Tiley has had a shocker to open the day with. There was me whinging about coffee dribbling down my cup. England's Tiley (the 29-year-old from Kent who attended Georgia State university) starts the day with eight holes to complete his round and he notches up a double bogey on the 11th. Ooof. He's now eight shots off the pace.



0642: Weather update. Winds are predicted to be high again. More fun guaranteed. Keep hold of your hats and your balls players and supporters please. Variable cloud I'm told and precipitation of the shower variety is almost a certainty. Let day three begin.

0630: Morning all. You really should be in bed, it's Saturday morning, but then again that's probably what Steven Tiley, Darren Clarke and the 28 other men who are already back out on the course think. They are preparing to finish their second rounds after play was stopped at 2145 BST on Friday night, with Saturday's third round expected to get under way at around 0900 BST.




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