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The Open 2010: Robert Rock relishing second Open chance

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Rock went to bed on Friday night believing he had missed the cut at St Andrews

Robert Rock was delighted to have capitalised on making the cut after a superb five-under 67 at St Andrews.

Rock went to bed on Friday thinking he would miss the cut at its projected one over mark, only to be reprieved by squeezing in on two over on Saturday.

And the 33-year-old quickly made up for lost time with some dazzling stroke play moving him up the leaderboard.

"It was just a bonus to be playing," Rock told BBC Sport. "I woke up praying that two over would make the cut."

He added: "I don't know if it gets me back in the tournament but it's great to shoot five under round St Andrews any day."

Ross Fisher was left cursing a loose second shot at the 17th but still managed a much-improved third round on Friday.

The Surrey golfer carded five birdies in a stunning back nine 33 for a 68 that helped him to three under overall.

"I hit the road and it went out of bounds," he told BBC Sport.


"I hit a little five iron, slightly misjudged the wind, it pitched on the path and went over the wall. But I bounced back and birdied 18 for 68."

Kent pro Steven Tiley had a rude awakening on the Old Course when he resumed his interrupted second round on Saturday morning.

Tiley dropped seven shots in eight holes to card a 79 and almost miss the cut, having started the day at six under.

"That's golf," he told BBC Sport. "When it goes, there's no stopping it.

"I just couldn't make par on the back nine. Everything went well on the first day and I was very good tactically, plotting my way round.

"But, with this championship, you know there's always going to be one side of the draw that's unfavourable, and I got it.

"I had three hours' sleep," he added. "I did not get back to the place where I was staying until a quarter to 11 then after I'd had something to eat, and a bit of tossing and turning, I was up again for a four o'clock alarm call.

"And then the courtesy car that I had ordered never turned up.

"Any athlete fears that they're not going to live up to expectations. It's how you put it to one side."

Stephen Gallacher was the highest-placed Scot after the third round, having shot four birdies and two double-bogeys to post a 70 and finish two under.

His fellow countrymen, Andrew Coltart and Colin Montgomerie, ended the day one over and three over respectively.

Elsewhere, Simon Dyson's 73 left him one-over after a third-round dominated by missed chances on the greens.

"I've played nice again, but it's just so hard to hole putts," he told BBC Sport.

"I've been leaving myself with too many putts across the wind and find it hard to hole them. I had a belter at 15 today. I could have had 100 goes at it and not holed it."

Zane Scotland gave himself an additional 28th birthday present by making par on Saturday after surviving the cut after finishing his second round early on.

"Not a bad way to spend your birthday, at The Open at St Andrews with your dad on the bag," he told BBC Sport.

"I've had 24 holes in the day, so dad's feeling the pace a bit and he's a bit tired. But he's well pleased with that. He loves being here."

Simon Khan slipped out of contention at The Open after once again being blown off course by the St Andrews wind.

Having made the cut comfortably on one under, Khan dropped four shots over the back nine on Saturday to come home in 38 for a one-over 73 - and level par.

"All a bit disappointing, if I'm honest, but there's worse places to be than St Andrews on a Sunday afternoon," he told BBC Sport. "I know I can still improve, especially if the wind drops. It's the place you want to be and I'm looking forward to it."

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