To get involved use
or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message. (Not all contributions can be used. Messages will be charged at your standard operator rate.)
Oosthuizen's first act is to wish happy birthday to Nelson Mandela, who turned 92 today. Mum and dad get a mention before he turns his attention to Ernie Els, whose foundation Oosthuizen attended for two years. Big thumbs up for his wife and bairn and that's that, all the right boxes ticked. "A surprise winner," says Peter Alliss, "but a deserved champion indeed". And you can't say fairer than that...
Here's low amateur Jin Jeong of Korea collecting his silver medal, closely followed by runner-up and winner of the Silver Salver Lee Westwood - surely he'll win one one day, whether here or over in the States. And here he is, winner of the Gold Medal with a score of 272, Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen - taking it all in his stride, no tears as yet, but we haven't had the speech yet...
Open champion Louis Oosthuizen:
"It's unbelievable. After the 12th it became a bit difficult to keep such a big lead and to remain calm and focused but I kept cool and calm the whole way. I'm glad I had eight shots on 18! I think I cramped up a bit with the putter. It's probably going to hit me tomorrow or the week after."
Louis Oosthuizen is the fourth South African to get his hands on the Jug and only the second to win at St Andrews since Bobby Locke in 1957. He came into this event having missed his last three cuts and had never made a cut in his three previous Opens. Here's the prize-giving, and he'll get a replica of the original Challenge Belt to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first playing of the event, as well as the Claret Jug of course.
Well, well, well, that was a bit of a bolt from the blue but you can't really argue with the result, Louis has absolutely clobbered 'em, thrashed them to within an inch of their lives, slapped them all over the Old Lady. There's the traditional shot of the Claret Jug being engraved, he'll have it in his mitts in a few minutes... -16 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Casey -7 Goosen
Casey's birdie putt doesn't fancy it and the Englishman is in with 75 for a share of third on eight under... and there it is , Oosthuizen in for a par for a 71 and the Open Championship by seven shots. -16 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Casey -7 Goosen
A thousand apologies, there seems to some mix-up - I thought Stenson made birdie at 18 to claim joint second, but the leaderboard has put him down for a par. TV definitely said he made birdie... I'll let you know... Oosthuizen, more importantly, cosies his second at 18 up towards the cup, leaving himself a 15-footer for birdie... -16 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Casey -7 Goosen
Casey very nearly makes the putting surface on 18 but his ball just tip-toes off again and Oosthuizen's right up there too. Mrs Oosthuizen and the young bairn await their conquering hero behind the 18th green and here he comes down the last, making the finest walk in golf... -16 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Stenson- 8 McIlroy, Casey -7 Goosen
Oosthuizen taking no chances, just making sure he makes the dancefloor. His par attempt comes up a few feet short to stony silence from the gallery but he buries his bogey putt. Kaymer costing thousands of punters across the land money on the last, he finished five-five-five to drop back to -6 and a tie for eighth. Casey with a clutch putt for par at 16 to stay eight under. Stenson squeezes in his birdie putt for a round of 70 and a share of the clubhouse lead on nine under par. Many thanks Henrik, the drinks are on me... -16 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Stenson- 8 McIlroy, Casey -7 Goosen
Oosthuizen pulls his approach left at 17 but when you've got eight shots to play with, that's not going to sting too much. Standing ovation down the 17th, not often you see that, although the gallery seems rather bemused. Peach of a second from Stenson, the ball just clinging on to the front, and he'll have that from eight feet to tie Westwood for second. Not much cop from Kaymer, putting up the valley, and back down again... -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Casey -7 Goosen, Kaymer
hawick on 606
"I think it's time to congratulate Oosthuizen, who joins the likes of Gary Player and Ernie Els as Open Champions. He never once wobbled and reeled off the pars today in a way that was ruthlessly reminiscent of Tiger when he's had a final round lead."
Tremendous five from Kaymer, curling in a monster for bogey at 17. However, the German drops back to -7 and a share of sixth. Oosthuizen gets his drive safely away at 17 before Stenson comes up just short with a three wood at 18. Kaymer now with the big stick but it gets a soft bounce an doesn't quite make the putting surface. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Casey -7 Goosen, Kaymer
Kaymer bumps his fourth into a hump off the green and that's a pretty good result from there, although it's shots gone. The champion elect in for par at 16, Casey follows him in... Stenson very nearly buries his long-range birdie putt at 17 and he'll need birdie at 18 to tie Westwood. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Kaymer, Casey -7 Goosen
Casey from 194 yards at 16 - decent effort, just falling away down the front. Oosthuizen, a 200-1 shot on Wednesday, dropping out to 250-1 at one point, is up on the top level. Westwood for eagle at 18... story of his day really, had a look and said "meh, can't be bothered..." Canizares squirts his birdie putt past from three feet and the Spaniard finishes with a 77 for -2 overall. Westwood in for his birdie - round of 70 and he's the current clubhouse leader on nine under. What is Kaymer up to? Chipping off the road at 17 and he's thinned it 30 yards past... -17 Oosthuizen- 8 McIlroy, Westwood, Stenson, Kaymer, Casey -7 Goosen
Five men now tied for second, although with Stenson and Kaymer coming down the treacherous 17th and Westwood on tee at the bountiful 18th, that could be about to change. Oh dear, like typical Englishmen and women, it's all got a little bit tetchy on the 606 messageboards - come on chaps, our boys took one hell of a beating from a classy South African, just accept it... Westwood bombs his tee shot onto the putting surface at 18 before supping up the applause... -17 Oosthuizen- 8 McIlroy, Westwood, Stenson, Kaymer, Casey -7 Goosen
Another shot gone for Casey, no-one even wants second place now, Westwood curls in his bogey putt at 17 to join the gang on eight under. Oosthuizen with another par, he's just given them no chance - you have to say he's been magnificent, he's leading by nine. -17 Oosthuizen- 8 McIlroy, Westwood, Stenson, Kaymer, Casey -7 Goosen
Stenson from just off the short stuff at 16 and that's a decent enough effort - just one birdie on his card, all the rest pars. Westwood with his fourth at 17 and that's a little gem, he'll have a short one for bogey. Kaymer lets one go at 16, not sure what happened there, and Dustin Johnson's in with a bogey after going out of bounds - a 74 for four under. Nick Watney, his fellow American, is in for birdie for a round of 71, six under and tied for eighth. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Casey- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Kaymer -7 Goosen
Dustin Johnson's thrown a bomb into the crowd at 18, that's miles off line, and follows a double at 17. Very solid swing from Kaymer at 16, right into the heart of the green. Westwood's hacking down the 17th, sad expressions all over the course other than on the face of Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen... the South African, for whom this is the first time he has made a major cut, is safely on at 15. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Kaymer, Casey- 8 McIlroy, Stenson
Rory McIlroy (-8):
"I couldn't stop thinking about Friday going up the last hole. It's one I let get away from me - apart from that round I didn't do a lot wrong. It's a 'what might have been' week. I definitely wasn't ready to handle the conditions on Friday but I hit a lot of better shots on Saturday and Sunday. The supoort I've had all week has been excellent. Without all the support you struggle. It gives you momentum and a lift so I want to thank all the supporters who came out to get behind me this week."
Oosthuizen's birdie effort lips out, he stays 17 under through 14. Par for Stenson at 15, he stays in that group tie for fifth. Casey with a putt for outright second... doesn't obey its master's command, Casey stays nine under... Nick 'Chocolate Milk' Watney is five under for the tournament through 17... " I couldn't stop thinking about Friday coming up the 18th," says a seeringly honest Rory McIlroy on the telly... -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Kaymer, Casey- 8 McIlroy, Stenson -7 D Johnson
Well done Kaymer, he's drilled that straight down the middle from six feet out to get to nine under and a tie for second. Casey bumps and runs his third at 14 to within six feet, chance to shrug off Kaymer and Westwood. 500 grand for second place, but you can't stick 500 grand on your mantelpiece... well, you could, but it would be a little ostentatious... Oosthuizen splashes out at 14... -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Kaymer, Casey- 8 McIlroy, Stenson -7 D Johnson
Still no rounds in the 70s on the Old Course for McIlroy - his eagle attempt hits an invisible wall and darts right, but he's in for a 68 for eight under overall. Ruddy shame about that 80 on Friday... chocks away for Casey and Oosthuizen down 14 as Westwood is a club short with his second at 16. Here's Kaymer at 15 and that's tasty, all over the flag with his second. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Casey- 8 McIlroy, Stenson, Kaymer -7 D Johnson
Stenson makes par at 14 and it's him and playing partner Kaymer tied for fourth. Oosthuizen is in for par at 13 to stay eight clear. McIlroy gives it some heave-ho at 18 and what a tee shot that is, he'll have a very makeable putt for eagle. Par for Westwood at 15... three South Africans have won the Open previously - Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els - but unless the earth folds in on itself and civilisation ends in the next hour or so, we'll have a fourth. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Casey- 8 Stenson, Kaymer -7 McIlroy, D Johnson
Oosty is homing in on Tiger Woods's record low score at the Open, 19 under in 2000, but he's got a tricky one here at 13. McIlroy has safely negotiated the 17th, sidling his ball round the Road Hole bunker and to within a few feet of the cup. Kaymer now for eagle at 14 and that's delicate, chance of a birdie. Garcia on 18, putting up the hill, and he's left it short - four under for the week for the Spaniard, he's played well in spurts. Kaymer pops in for birdie to get back to eight under. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Casey- 8 Stenson, Kaymer -7 McIlroy -6 Rock, Goosen, O'Hair, D Johnson
World number one Tiger Woods (-3):
"It was one of those weeks when I couldn't put anything together. I felt if I played well I could easily get in the top 10. I started well today but couldn't get the momentum going. I am driving the ball better than I have in a long time but this was one of the worst putting weeks I've ever had. There is only one hard pin coming in. The way he [Oosthuizen] is playing and driving the golf ball and controlling his emotions - he's doing everything he needs to do to win."
Westwood joins Casey in second with another lengthy birdie putt at 14, his second on the pin, but it's too little, far too late. Stenson's middled his second at 14 and it's gone scuttling through the green and disappeared into the wispy stuff. Kaymer's better off, just nestled on the front of the green. -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Casey- 8 Stenson -7 McIlroy, D Johnson, Kaymer -6 Rock, Goosen, O'Hair
It's as if I've somehow invaded Casey's body - his fifth shot up the hill races miles past, he's left himself an eight-footer for double-bogey. Oosthuizen for birdie from 15 feet... right in the middle. He's even stopped grinning now, which suggests it's beginning to sink in... triple for Casey, Louis leads by eight... -17 Oosthuizen -9 Westwood, Casey- 8 Stenson -7 McIlroy, D Johnson, Kaymer -6 Rock, Goosen, O'Hair
Oosthuizen's safely on in two at 12... Kaymer's birdie effort curls left at 13, the German remains seven under. Westwood pushes his second right at 14 but he can get up and down for birdie from there. It's getting worse for Casey - overcooks his fourth, he'll do well to make double bogey from there... -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Westwood, Stenson -7 McIlroy, D Johnson, Kaymer -6 Rock, Goosen, O'Hair
O'Hair recovered from double-bogey at 13 with a birdie at 14 to rejoin the bunfight at six under, Dustin Johnson is now the top American after a birdie at 14 takes him to seven under and a tie for fifth. Casey with his third at 12 after dropping out and he's come up a good 60 yards short. Oosthuizen with the chance to kill this off now... Stenson rolls his birdie effort up to the hole at 13 and he'll remain eight under par. -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Westwood, Stenson -7 McIlroy, D Johnson, Kaymer -6 Rock, Goosen, O'Hair
Jin Jeong has buried a screamer at the last for a round of 72 and four under overall - the young British amateur champion adds the Silver Medal to his collection, he's in the clubhouse in 17th. Robert Rock makes birdie for a round of 69 and he's six under and tied for seventh. Cut to Casey in the gorse - much hilarity, but it's forced hilarity, watery hilarity, the sort of hilarity that says: "I've just lost the Open..." -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Westwood, Stenson -7 McIlroy, Kaymer -6 Rock, Goosen, O'Hair, D Johnson
Casey stays four behind after 11, can he get on Oosthuizen's shoulder as they kick for the line? Five's a good score after that tee shot from Kaymer, but he's back to seven under and tied for fifth. Stenson cosies his birdie effort up to the hole. Westwood from 25 feet at 13... drained it, but he's still eight behind. Oosthuizen's absolutely splattered his drive down the middle at 12, Casey's in Kaymerville, middle of the gorse, that could be the Open just there... -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Westwood, Stenson -7 McIlroy, Kaymer -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes
Social from Oosthuizen and Casey at the par-three 11th, someone will get a good read. McIlroy with his second at 15, high draw, not bad at all. Still never had a round in the 70s in 13 attempts - just don't mention that 80... Kaymer's larruped his tee shot at 12 straight into the gorse - reload... Westwood's second to 16 and he's going with six iron - that's pretty solid. Casey, top of greens in regulation, sets his birdie effort out right at 11 and he should make par. Oosthuizen's left the door ajar... and slammed it shut again, clutch putt from 10 feet for par... -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Stenson, Kaymer -7 McIlroy, Westwood -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes
Canizares nicks a shot back at 12 as Kaymer's par putt wriggles through the cat-flap. Oosthuizen lapping this up, he's very nearly popped that little chip in at 10. Westwood's challenge well and truly gone now, he's missed a tiddler at 12 to drop back to -7. Casey's birdie putt sidles by at 10 he stays four off leader Louis. McIlroy up to a tie for fifth with Westwood - birdie at 14 for the Northern Irishman. Sean O'Hair doubles the 13th and drops back to -5 - plenty of players making a right old dog's dinner of the back nine, hope for the chasing pack yet. -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Stenson, Kaymer -7 McIlroy, Westwood -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes
Oosthuizen's a little shy with his second at 10, that was inches from being inches away. Sweet little pitch from Stenson to within a couple of feet at 11. Casey now at 10 and that's pretty good - parachuted in past the hole. Kaymer with a 35-footer at 11 and it's pulled a hamstring, suddenly pulling up short. -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Stenson, Kaymer, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy, Karlsson
Woods is in with a 72 for three under overall, plenty more work to do before the US PGA. Westwood's second to 12 curls off the front and Stenson's duffed his tee shot at 11, that's gone miles right. Good news for Kaymer, though, all over the stick. -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Stenson, Kaymer, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy, Karlsson
Jimenez is in with a birdie for a 73 - a twirl of the cap, the galleries love him. Kaymer's let a shot go, a nervy old prod from mid-range at 10. Stenson safely in, we're back to a three-way tie for third. Oosthuizen lets one leak right at 10, but that's the place to let one leak right, no real problems from there. Casey straight down the middle and that's nice to see, the two foes chatting convivially as they go. -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -8 Stenson, Kaymer, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy, Karlsson
Oosthuizen for eagle at nine from 35 feet... HOLED IT! What a shot, and that could be where the Open was won. Casey was miles shy with his eagle effort but he bangs in the birdie to stay on the scent - but it just got fainter. -16 Oosthuizen -12 Casey -9 Kaymer -8 Stenson, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy, Karlsson
Some confusion as to whether Karlsson made birdie or par at 14 - TV said birdie, leaderboard says par. Weird. Tiger doesn't hit his birdie effort at 17 and has to make do with par to stay two under. Jimenez has made double at 17 for the second day running, no news yet on whether he repeated his ricochet off the Road Hole wall... -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -9 Kaymer -8 Stenson, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy, Karlsson
Good saver from Casey, he's now three behind. Robert Karlsson joins the gang on six under with birdie at 14 and news of the Silver Medal winner, Jin Jeong of Korea - he's birdied 15 to get back to three under. Kaymer and Stenson lace their drives down the 10th, Casey pulls the big dog out at nine and he's dancing, he'll have a 40-footer for eagle. Oosthuizen matches the Englishman blow for blow, it's all on... -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -9 Kaymer -8 Stenson, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy, Karlsson
Peet, SA, via text:
"You go Louis! These BBC commentators are begging and praying that your wheels come off - 'false stroke' and you are putting for birdie at six?! Keep it smooth and simple!"
Casey's safely on in one at eight but Oosthizen, who's been showing signs of wavering these last few holes, tugged his left. The man from Mossel Bay opts to chip instead of putt and he pays the penalty, the wind snagging it left. Straight left off the club-face from Casey at eight, he's left himself a brute for par. Oosthuizen for par from 10 feet... that's one gone, just shaving the cup left... Kaymer's very makeable birdie putt misses left but Henrik's saved par after finding a bush with his tee shot. -14 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -9 Kaymer -8 Stenson, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy
Casey's birdie putt at seven starts right and stays stubbornly right. Oosthuizen pops in for par, it's been that way on every hole so far. Goosen, the two-time US Open champion, is grinding his way round the course - one under through 11, six under overall. News of Robert Rock - bogey at 11, birdie at 14, he's five under. Nick Watney of the States - this office was surprised to learn his favourite drink is chocolate milk, we thought he was more of a Mountain Dew kind of guy - birdied nine and 10 and it five under. -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -9 Kaymer -8 Stenson, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy
Casey cuts one over the flag at seven and it's not bad at all from Louis. Westwood for birdie at nine... finally he's made one! Up to eight under he goes. Kaymer squeezes in a left-to-righter at the par-three eighth and Stenson makes par... the field stirring at last, and McIlroy's got one back at 12, back up to six under goes the boy wonder... -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -9 Kaymer -8 Stenson, Westwood -7 O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes, McIlroy
Jim White on 606
"Does anyone else think Jiminez looks like Ridley Scott with a pony tail?"
Mickelson's wheels fell off down the straight - back in 41, including a double at 16, for a round of 75. Whatever Phil likes to say, I'm not sure he digs links golf. Donald finishes with three-two for a 69 and five under. Some finish, what would Casey pay him for that? JB Holmes sticks one in at 12 and joins the group tied for seventh on six under. -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -8 Kaymer, Stenson -7 Westwood, O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson, Holmes
Another chance goes begging for Westwood at eight, that's his eighth straight par. Oosthuizen now for birdie at six - slightly uphill, bit of movement from the left, this for a six-shot lead... not bad, a tap-in for par. Westwood hammer-dammer-ding-dongs his drive onto the dancefloor at nine, long-range eagle putt coming up. Casey's made his move, birdie at six to get to within four of Oosthuizen. Stenson makes his birdie putt at eight, Kaymer misses his, tied at eight under... suddenly we've got some birdies - Sean O'Hair is now the top American after a birdie at 10, Dustin Johnson's nailed an eagle at nine. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -8 Kaymer, Stenson -7 Westwood, O'Hair -6 Goosen, D Johnson
Casey and Oosthuizen larrup down the middle at six. I think most of those watching would echo your thoughts, Moon
(see below), it's all a bit of a damp squib at the moment, hardly anything dropping. Dustin's lost his grip on the greasy pole, bogey at eight drops him back to -4. Kerching! At last, Casey gets his motor running with an absolute doozy of a seven iron to within a few feet at six. Another false stroke from Oosthuizen, he'll do pretty well to get down in two from there. Kaymer's pulled out a plum on an approach a seven and Stenson's very nearly trumped him. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair, McIlroy
Moon on 606
"I never hoped he would collapse, but I was hoping someone would play well and have a go at him..."
Joe White on 606
"More English failure, I should have guessed! When are these top 10 English players going to finally make their mark and win a major?"
The party's over for Stephen Gallacher, he's just made a double at 17 to drop back to three under - he's dropped five shots at the Road Hole this week. Oosthuizen pops in for par at five, still leads by five. Kaymer's had enough of this, he decides to make a break for it - birdie at six and he's outright third. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -8 Kaymer -7 Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair, McIlroy
Canizares very nearly holes his wedge shot at seven but the ball finishes 10 feet past. Oosthuizen being given an armchair ride at the moment - Casey's third at five is decidedly ordinary. Oosthuizen misses with his birdie chance but he should make par. Stenson for birdie at six... slides by... it's just not happening for Casey, misread at five, that's just a par... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer, Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair, McIlroy
Oosthuizen is nestled up against a TV tower and he'll be chipping across the 13th green. Westwood down wind at seven - high-flying wedge and his ball screws sideways and drops over the hump to the right. Oosthuizen plays a hell of shot coming across the 13th, he's not budging. Sweet second from Kaymer at six... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer, Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair, McIlroy
Defending champion Stewart Cink (+1):
"It's been a lot of fun. It's always fun to play at the Old Course but as defending champion it was special and had a lot more meaning for me. It's been a great year for me. I've really enjoyed being the Open champion. They always remember the champions here but the crowd has been great here. I think they've forgiven me for beating Tom Watson last year!"
Oosthuizen with three wood at five and it's a quick, choppy old swing and he's tugged into the scrub out left. Casey's approach drifts right but it'll do. McIlroy with a snaking eagle putt at nine and he cosies it up to within a few feet. In it goes and he reaches the turn in 34 for six under overall. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer, Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair, McIlroy
The Open leaderboard hangs limp - no-one doing anything in particular, Kaymer and Stenson's rather timid efforts on five rather summing it all up. Two pars when there could and perhaps should have been better, they stay tied for third at seven under. Louis Westhazen... Louis Westhazen... Louis Westhazen... that's Louis Ooooosthwizen, our Open leader... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer, Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair
Westwood's not happy with his second at eight, he's hung it out right. Kaymer, after pulling out his driver and considering taking a drop, gouges out to within 20 feet. Absolute corker. Tom Lehman, the 1996 champion, very nearly finishes in some style, wrapping a driver round his tee shot and stiffing it to within a few feet. He's in for eagle and a round of 70, bang in form for the Senior Open next week. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer, Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair
Canizares has very nearly decapitated Tiger, his tee shot at six flying straight over Woods, who was waiting on the 13th fairway. What an insurance pay-out that would have been. Casey aiming miles left off the tee at five and that's just the job... shot gone for Ricky Barnes at eight, back to four under he goes. They've found Kaymer's ball but he'll need a machete to play it, that's horrible. Stenson's slightly better and he flips it on in three... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair
I've just put my Twitter thing in at the top, but you'll have to press F5 to see it. Three-putt for Westwood at five, he stays seven under. Canizares drains his 15-footer to stay five under. For those wanting a British winner, it's not looking good - Casey's done almost all of his damage on the front nine this week, it's been all about pars coming back in. Stenson shoves his approach right into a grass bunker at five and playing partner Kaymer must feel lonely, he follows him in... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair
Casey needs something to drop, badly. Birdie putt at four from 15 feet... doesn't hit it, he stays five behind the unerring Oosthuizen. Just not happening out there, the world waits, watches and pines for somebody to take the Old Course by the jaffers. Westwood gives his 100-footer at five a fair old welly and it gallops 10 feet on... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair
Stenson with three wood off the third tee and he's put plenty of manners on that. Kaymer's trumped him... McIlroy looking for a spark, everyone looking for a spark, but his birdie effort at six stays up. JB Holmes of the United States has birdied eight with a big bender in a bun from right to left to get to five under. Gallacher of Scotland has birdied four of the last six between holes nine and 14 to get to five under and Garcia's joined him with birdie at seven. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair
Defending champion Stewart Cink is playing with Calcs, who's in with an 80. Cink very nearly chips in at 18 and misses his downhiller for birdie. One over for the week, but he'll remind himself of the words of his playing partner: "It doesn't feel so bad when you're name's already on the Claret Jug..." Sean O'Hair of the United States joins Goosen on six under with a snakey birdie putt at six, Dustin Johnson's dropped back with a bogey at five. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, O'Hair
Gary Player telling BBC 5 live Sportsweek about fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen:
"He's very, very good, has a magnificent golf swing and has got a lot of experience. He has won golf tournaments and is very, very strong physically. He doesn't look like it when you see him walking along the fairways with waterproofs on. If you look at yesterday there was a lot of pressure for the young man. He wants to win the tournament, he wants to buy a farm, it's a great incentive and I understand because that's how I wanted to win to buy my farm and that's my great joy in life. It's hard for somebody who is a city slicker to understand that."
Good saver from Casey and Oosthuizen follows him in to stay five ahead. McDowell makes birdie at the last for a round of 70, three under overall, and he's acquitted himself pretty well after all the excitement that followed his success at Pebble Beach. Kaymer got a horrible squirt forward off the front of the fourth green but that's a pretty tasty effort putting back across. Calcavecchia, who's carrying some serious acreage these days, has blown up down the straight - triple at 16, double at 17, he's six over par. Stenson pops in a six-footer for par at four and Kaymer chases him in. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, D Johnson
Canizares makes double at four and drops back to -5. McDowell, the US Open champion, three-putts the 17th and drops back to -2 for the week. Jeff Overton of the United States has birdied 12 and 14 and is up to five under. Casey with a wicked putt up the slope at three... starts it miles left and it races four feet by. Decent attempt but you get the feeling every putt's a knee-knocker as far as Casey's concerned. Oosthuizen tickles one down the hill and it misses by an inch. Goosen's developing sharp elbows, the two-time US Open champ birdieing five to join Dustin Johnson on six under. -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Westwood -6 Goosen, D Johnson
Woods has birdied nine - the fourth time he's done that this week- to get back to two under. Canizares with a 30-yard putt at four by it runs out of puff a fair few feet short. Actually, Al, that gentle breeze is a bit fruitier than that, Westwood takes an age settling over his birdie putt at four before missing to the left. A village smithy's biff from Stenson down the fourth as Casey clumps his second miles long at three. The Old Lady giveth, and the Old Lady punches you in the reproductives - Garcia given a shot back at six... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson
Oosthuizen's birdie attempt looks to be in but dives right at the last, he stays 15 under. Only one birdie from the last seven groups over the first five holes so far - Stenson leaves his birdie putt low at the third and stays seven under. McIlroy does make one drop at five, as did Garcia, they're both five under. "What's the weather like at St Andrews?" texts Al in 100-degree Fano - sunny, gentle breeze, most of the players in short sleeves. Kaymer's let that birdie chance slip by, the peloton already running out of holes - when will someone attempt a breakaway? -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson
Oosthuizen's bang into the heart of the second green, anyone expecting him to wilt could be in for a long, long wait. It's Casey who's looking like a man in the final pairing of a major at the moment - heavy-handed with his pitch, that could be another one gone. Stenson with 111 to the flag at three - punched under the breeze, putting across the green for birdie. Even better from Kaymer, he'll be putting off the precipice for birdie... shot gone for Casey, Oosthuizen has a five-shot lead - for now... -15 Oosthuizen -10 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson
Is it Robert Redford? Is it Robert Wagner? NO! It's Robert Rock with birdie at six from 20 feet. McDowell's let a shot go at 16 and is back to four under and into a tie for 16th. Jimenez has picked up a shot at nine, he's out in 35. Casey gripping down the club at two and he's flirting with the bunker front left - "bunker?" asks Casey, "not sure," replies his caddie. St Andrews becalmed, not many birdies dropping at the moment... -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson
Not a clever start by Kaymer, he's tugged his approach left at two. Here's Casey with driver off tee at two and he's marmalised that, right down the left-hand side, just where it should be. Oosthuizen follows him down there, no signs of nerves just yet. Karlsson of Sweden let a shot go at four to drop back into that gaggle at five under and Retief Goosen's under way with four pars. Dreamy approach by Stenson but he can't take advantage. Westwood with an uphill putt at three but it tails away at the last... Kaymer with a settler... -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson
Casey, the first Englishman in the final pairing at the Open since Nick Faldo in 1993, leaves his very makeable birdie putt right - that's pressure messing with you. Oosty steps away from his par putt before stepping back and popping his par putt in. Westwood with a great look at the flag at the third and it's into the guts. -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson
Casey stiffs his second to within a few feet of the hole, he could kick off with a birdie. Oosthuizen's a bit bold, he's got a lengthy one coming back. Oosthuizen the Open de Andalucia in March to qualify for the Masters, where he won the par-three event. I'm told he had to leave his Andalucia trophy at Malaga airport because it was deemed it to be a "dangerous item". What do you win over there? A pair of nail scissors? Birdies for matinee idol Robert Rock at five and six, he's five under... -15 Oosthuizen -11 Casey -7 Kaymer Stenson, Canizares, Westwood -6 D Johnson
Stenson, goaded by the crowd, leaps the burn and pops in before Kaymer rolls his par putt by... the Tiger is extinct - double at four, double at seven, back to -1. Westwood's birdie putt slides by at two, he stays seven under. To the second green and Canizares drains a six-foot saver to stay -7. Ricky Barnes has kicked off with four straight pars, and here he is on cigarettes: "The thing that I hate most! Can make a perfect 10 become a 2 in one puff. In other words not around me with one!" My dream first-round threesome: Ricky Barnes, John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Westwood now with his second at two - seven iron and that's a bit too bold. Here's Stenson with his third over the burn... lovely touch, easy tap-in for par. On the tee from England, Paul Casey... whip-crack away, only one man has missed the first fairway all week, it's about as wide as Oxfordshire... and here's our leader, Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen - three wood down the left side...
Many thanks Scriv, Ben Dirs now to take you through to the close, I'll be with you for the next six hours I reckon. Manually refresh this page and all will become clear. I join you just as Stenson - who I've got a fiver each way on - comes up short of the burn with his second at the first and Kaymer - who I've got a fiver each way on - does the same. Come on lads, buck up...
As Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Germany's Martin Kaymer wait for those on the 18th before teeing off, Westwood dribbles his putt down the hill and it stays on the high side. In for par though. Stenson and Kaymer finally off. Westwood wastes no time on two, his ball disappears from view, not sure if it's found sand or not.
Lee dinks his 120-yard or so approach to 15 feet on the first. He acknowledges the more enthusiastic of his supporters in the gallery with a wave and a grin as he ambles up to the green. McDowell misses a birdie putt on 14. Casey and Oosthuizen still laughing on the putting green by the first. They return to the matter at hand and the South African misses a couple of six footers before finding his range. John Daly, in stars and stripes pants, shuffles up the 18th. He's +1 for the day.
Here's the colourful Rickie Fowler
after his 67, including the 120 foot putt on the road hole. "17 has given me trouble throughout the week. It was a great way to finish the round. I love links golf, I've been over here a couple of times, it's one of my favourites." On wearing orange he added: "It was a school colour where I went to school in Oklahoma state, I'm orange to the bone."
Westwood has won from eight shots back before according to BBC TV commentator Maureen McGill. Ignacio Garrido sinks another birdie on seven and goes to -5 for the Championship. Ah, there's Oosthuizen. He is on the putting green having a bit of a laugh with England's Paul Casey.
Bradley Dredge in with a birdie at the last to finish with a two-under par 70. The three on the last, slightly spoiling his scorecard which would have consisted of nine fours for the inward half of the course. "On the tee for England, Lee Westwood," says starter Ivor Robson. Westwood has a few words for an over-eager spectator behind the tee. He then settles over his ball and drills a 3-wood down the left half of the fairway. He's playing with Alejandro Canizares, son of Jose Maria. They are both on -7, eight behind Oosthuizen who goes out in 20 minutes. Wonder if he's on the practice putting green, or elsewhere right now.
From Simon in Bermuda, via text:
"I took my dad to play St Andrews for his 60th. Standing on the 17th tee I told him I was going to hit a fade over the corner of the sheds onto the fairway. The tingle through my body when I did just that was worth every yard of the 3500 miles I had flown to get there. I then duffed my second 3 yds and hit my third stiff to make par! What a game and what a course!"
Nick Watney, who says his favourite drink is chocolate milk, tees off on one. He is the longest driver of the weekend, averaging 313 yards. Not quite that far down the first, but nice and safe. Quiros on 18 with a putt from way out to the left of the 18th green and that is judged to almost perfection as it rolls to a couple of inches. Nice birdie finish and he's in the clubhouse on -5 after a 67 today. McIlroy's birdie putt on two just misses to the right. Two pars to start with - he needs more if he is to challenge.
Woods has an incredulous look on his face after missing a birdie putt from a dozen feet or so on five. He prods in the par putt and turns away muttering to himself. Robert Karlsson has birdied the first two to go to -6. McIlroy finds the centre of the green on two, while his playing partner Barnes, who looks a little like a smurf is in the deepest of greenside bunkers. He's wearing a blue shirt with long-sleeved white undergarment. A white cap and white trousers finish off his look.
Alvaro Quiros finds the dance floor on the 17th with his second shot, but leaves his 25-foot birdie attempt short. He's -4 for the day and tournament. Good effort from the Spaniard. Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa knocks in from a matter of inches for a birdie on 18. His two-under par round of 70 marks a decent start to his Open career.
Ricky Barnes in for par at the 18th - his dad was a punter for American football outfit the New England Patriots and his motto is "None or fun". McIlroy in for a two-putt par. Steady opening. McDowell gets his shot back at 13 with another extraordinarily long putt - must have been 60 feet or more.
From David Dishon in Glasgow, via text:
"Toughest hole on the course? Not after that monster from Fowler. The 17th has just been tango-ed!!!"
McDowell misses a short par putt on 12 to drop back to -4, while his fellow Northern Irishman McIlroy looks anxiously after his ball as it just creeps over the burn at the front of the green. Matt Kuchar, playing with Fowler, holes an eagle putt after finding the 18th green in one. Fowler duly knocks in the birdie to cap a great first Open with a -4 total. Shane Lowry knocks in a birdie on two to go to -5.
Fowler gets a tremendous reception up 18 and elects to putt through the Valley of Sin to a few feet. He'll have that for a round of 67. Here's what his official website says about the man from America: "Edgy, non-traditional, yet completely low-key and approachable, Rickie is already well on his way in the world of professional golf. With his larger than life performances - and belt-buckles - Rickie Fowler is definitely someone to catch
if you can."
Woods takes two to get out of the bunker and then misses the six-foot putt for bogey. The double drop undoes the good work of the first three holes and must end his chances of becoming the first man to win three Opens at St Andrews in 2010. Garcia sees his birdie putt on the first slide by on the right. Rory McIlroy tees safely off down the first. Playing partner Ricky Barnes with an elegant swing pops one down the middle.
1313: Paul Casey
takes time out from his preparations for the final round. He says: "If Louis continues to do what he's been doing then I'm not sure we can catch him. I'm going to have fun, I want to win. It's me against the golf course and whatever anyone else does is out of my control."
It's for Tango Man Ricky Fowler. The American has knocked in from 120 feet with his putter for a birdie on the road hole. He was short with his second, playing away from the bunker and rolled an exquisite putt up the middle of the green and in she dropped. Huge cheer and very well deserved.
JB Holmes and Sergio Garcia punch their opening shots down the first and an enormous cheer rings out from somewhere on the course. It's not for Tiger who has pitched into the sand by the fourth green. So who was it for? Not McDowell who chips to 20 feet on the 12th. Guess we'll find out soon enough.
Colin Montgomerie has been talking about
Europe's Ryder Cup chances.
"Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, they're not in the team as it stands right now, they've got big days ahead of them. They're probably not thinking about the Ryder Cup right now trying as they're trying to win the Open, but I am. I would like as many of my so-called "big-hitters" to be in there so I don't have to so-called "waste" picks on big stars so I can use my picks the way I'd like to. Paul Casey can seal his spot today, Martin Kaymer can as well. Henrik Stenson can make a big leap in the right direction. Sergio Garcia is showing a bit of form now - if he can shoot something low and prove to me and prove to his peers that he's still there to enable himself to get picked then great."
Mickelson races a six-foot birdie putt on six four feet past. Extraordinary putt, seemed to bounce off the putter like a kid on a trampoline.
Woods pings one down the left of the fourth fairway - it's huge, 292 yards of carry. His playing partner Glover aims a little straighter gets a quirky bounce and ends up on the path down the right of the fairway in among the spectators. McDowell in for par at 11 after knocking his birdie attempt to a couple of feet. He stays at -5.
McDowell going along nicely after birdies at nine and 10. Left himself a long birdie putt on the par-three 11th though. Really looks a belter of a day on the St Andrews Links. Plenty of blue sky among the clouds and the wind of Friday and Saturday is nowhere near as strong today.
Open leader Louis Oosthuizen
on the practice range: "I was quite tired last night. Got home at 10.30pm and had a nice sleep. I was too tired to think about the lead I had! I'm just looking forward to today now. I knew I was going to be nervous on the first hole and I left a few more birdies out there (yesterday). I'm really looking forward to getting out and playing with Paul, it should be a lot of fun.
Korean Jin Jeong opens his final round with a par on the first. He's all set for the silver medal as leading amateur. Tiger knocks his approach to the par-four third to four feet. The putter is working and he rolls it into the middle of the hole. Two under after three and he moves to -5. Phil Mickeslon's eagle putt on five pulls up a few inches short, but that looks a certain birdie to move him to -4 overall.
Here's Rory McIlroy
talking up his chances. He starts the day on -4, 11 shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. "If I'm going to have any chance, I need to do something like I did on Thursday. You need to hit hard from the beginning, and I think you can because the wind is allowing you to. All the pressure will be on Louis today. Paul Casey doesn't have anything to lose really, he can just go out and do his stuff. It's Louis' to lose for sure."
If any of you amateur golfers are in any doubt as to the importance of putting. Tiger's putt totals for the opening three rounds read: 32, 32, 35. No wonder he's gone back to the old stick. He lags the first putt on the second to two feet and sinks the par. Another eagle on seven. Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed knocks one in from way out - not quite as far as
yesterday, but a great shot nonetheless.
Tiger lets out a little yelp after leaking his approach to the second out to the right. He's a good 50-60 feet from the flag, but still on the green. I know the weather's taken up, but the sight of four topless blokes playing beach volleyball is possibly taking it a bit too far. Trevor Immelman launches a huge drive up 18 that snakes its way up on to the back of the green. McDowell in for birdie on 9, he's out in 33 and at -4.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen sinks a 60-foot putt from just off the edge of the green at nine for an eagle to go to -3 for the round and tournament. Super effort that cancels out a couple of bogeys on the previous two. Spain's Ignacio Garrido gets to four under par with a monster 35-footer of his own on the second.
Colin Montgomerie has been talking about Paul Casey's chances of winning the Open today. He said: "Paul has to score 67, minimum. You've got to take on some shots you don't want to take on. It's much easier to defend a lead here where the pins are located on a Sunday than it is to catch somebody. We wish every European, especially the British well. There's a 66 out there but you've got to be very, very precise, almost perfect to score that."
Woods drains the six-footer with his old wand. Quick manual refresh if you would. Scriv back in the chair. Glover missed his his 12 footer but knocks in the return from a couple of feet for a par. Good start from the world number one, but surely too much to do, even for him?
"When was the last time the top six going into the final round of a major were all non-American?" texts Marc in Manchester. Good question, no idea though. Apologies, Quiros is obviously five under, not over. Here's Woods with his second at the first and he's bang on the money - he's gone back to his old wand today, so I hear, so he may well bang that birdie putt in. Darren Clarke's in with a birdie at 18 and finishes the week level par - it's good to have his grinning mug back.
Tiger Woods on tee and the world number one is safely away. He's playing with 2009 US Open champion Lucas Glover and he follows Tiger down the middle. Andrew Coltart of Scotland is in reverse, two over today through 16. Quiros has picked up another one at 12 courtesy of a 10-foot putt - the Spaniard is now five under for his round, and for the tournament.
Well, well, well, what have we here? It's not often John Daly gets overshadowed in the dress stakes but Rickie Fowler looks like a glowing rod of plutonium - not effecting his putting though, he's just drained a monster for birdie at 13 to get to one under overall. Who wants to see
Miguel Angel's ricochet shot against the wall at the Road Hole yesterday?
Ian Poulter (+3):
"I wouldn't have backed him [Oosthuizen] at the start of the week. But a four-shot lead going into Sunday? I'd be over the moon. This is a nice place to have a four-shot lead, that's for sure. I've not looked into Louis's background in terms of what he's been like when he's been up there challenging but he's playing great, he hardly missed a shot yesterday and, if he keeps playing down the left and putts like he did yesterday, then someone will have to shoot something very special to beat him."
McDowell made birdie at five and is two under through five and three under overall. 'Boom Boom' Quiros, who clatters it a country mile, is making hay - birdie at nine and 10, he's lowest on the course on four under. Ignacio Garrido, one of two Spaniards in this tournament whose father played in the Ryder Cup, is safely away at the first. He's playing with everyone's second favourite (or is it third?) Spanish golfer, Miguel Angel Jimenez.
nigeweir on 606
"Casey has the bullets to win this. Stenson and Kaymer can also shoot very low scores but I suggest it's been a two-horse race for a while now."
The capricious Rory McIlroy - laughing boy on day one, sad sack on day two, somewhere in the middle yesterday - sweeps into the Old Course in his silver saloon. Edoardo Molinari - it's been a good year for the Italian - is in with a 68. The World Cup winner, with brother Francesco - is a big Ryder Cup hope. Kaymer's just turned up, I've got a few quid on him...
Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman is putting a fine round together, four birdies and no bogeys on his card after 14 holes and he's three under overall - he's the highest-placed player currently on the course, tied for 18th. I'm told the wind is getting up - they're forecasting gusts of 30mph this afternoon... McDowell with a lengthy eagle attempt at five, decent effort, chance for birdie for the US Open champion.
Here's Stephen Gallacher popping onto the first green in two, the Scot is two under overall. Mickelson with a bad swing, leaving the club face open, and he's pushed his second left of the putting surface. There are lowish scores to be had this morning - Matt Kuchar, whose best ever Christmas present was a tennis racquet from his wife - is four under today through 10 and three under overall. Ishikawa, 'The Bashful Prince', was out in 33, as was Spain's Alvaro Quiros, while Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen is three under through five...
Mickelson on tee - he could have nicked Woods's number one spot this week but he never really fired - and he's safely away. Captain America taps in for par at eight to stay +1, it's been a pretty decent week for Daly. Monty putting up the Valley of Sin at the last - the Ryder Cup skipper is in with a 73 and finishes the week four over par.
Anon via text:
"I once played the Old Course with a chap called Gerald who hit the ball through his legs into the valley of sin... off the first tee."
Morning everyone, Ben Dirs here for an hour or so, relieving Scriv - manually refresh to see the new page. Altogether now - WEST-HAY-ZEN, WEST-HAY-ZEN, WEST-HAY-ZEN - it's only polite that we pronounce our Open champion's name correctly...
Malaysia's Danny Chia, the man who almost
albatrossed five yesterday
smashes his drive up the last on to the green. He's got a 15-foot eagle putt to round off a decent Championship.
US Open winner Graeme McDowell pitches to eight feet on the third but slides his birdie putt down the left of the hole. The flag hanging limply suggesting there is little wind out there. Cink misses a 10 foot putt for par on the second to slip to +1 for the day and level overall.
America's Ricky Fowler is not going to go missing today. He's dressed all in orange. Bright tangerine orange. Wow. Nice tee shot on the par three eighth though. Will have a 20 foot birdie putt. Reigning champion Stewart Cink is out on the course. He's parred the first.
Here's Poulter's reaction to that final round and his Championship performance in general. "I'm disappointed to say the least," he said. "I hit the ball nicely but putted abysmally so I'm going away from this Championship very disappointed. I was five under par today after 13. The pins are in favourable positions out there and there should be a good chance of some decent scores."
That bogey on 14 certainly unsettled Poulter who let another shot go on 16 and doubled the road hole before parring the last. A real round of two halves. Out in 32, home in 39 for a one-under par round and +3 total.
nigeweir on 606
"It will be fun to watch Woods attack every hole and see how far he can get up the leaderboard."
If you'd be so kind as to give this page a manual refresh, then the TV coverage will appear at the top of this page. It starts at 1100. There's also coverage of holes 9, 10 and 11 and a video leaderboard to keep you entertained throughout the afternoon.
Whoops, talk about the curse of the commentator. Bradley bogeys four to drop back one. Sorry Mr Dredge. I'll keep quiet for a bit. His best Open finish? Tied for 28th at Muirfield in 2002. How do I know that? I was there and interviewed him after each round in my Ceefax days. Lovely man too.
Welshman Bradley Dredge leads the Open. Well, of the on-course golfers anyway. And he's sharing that with South Africa's Trevor Immelman and Matt Kuchar of the United States. The trio are on -2 overall, Dredge picking up shots at the second and third.
From anon, via text:
"I once played with a chap off 2 handicap who was on the 17th green in two and ended up with a 9. He putted into the road hole bunker, decided to play out sideways and then thinned it into the Swilken Burn. Penalty drop out, pitched on, then inevitable 3 putt. Lovely."
From Alan in St Andrews, via text:
"Daly (see 1010) has one leg covered in stars, the other is red and white stripes. American flag. Not seen his lovely wife but I'm guessing the same in short skirt."
Out on the course and Poulter's challenge has faded for the final time. A bogey six on the par five 14th undoing the good work on 13.
Rory's course-record 63 was the lowest round in an Open at St Andrews. The highest score was achieved by the infamous Maurice Flitcroft in the Open qualifier for Royal Birkdale in 1976. He applied to play as a professional only two years after picking up a golf club for the first time.
He shot +49 at Formby.
Never going to happen again I'd wager.
So, who you looking forward to watching this afternoon? Rory McIlroy who shot that fabulous 63 to lead after day one, only to follow it with an 80 in round two, is off at 1315. He's at -4 and at 11 shots back, is surely too far away? But then world number one Tiger Woods is a shot further adrift and would you rule him out? The American tees off at 1220. Lee Westwood, on -7, is out at 1345, while our leader Oosthuizen, playing with Paul Casey starts at 1405.
From Alan in Dumfries, via text:
"I played the Old Course in March. The wind was 40mph and I never had less than a six for the first 16 holes and then I parred the 17th and 18th. It was a horrendous day but boy was I chuffed with the finish."
BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter who has taken a helicopter ride over St Andrews to offer a bit of a
on the home of golf. It's well worth a watch and it's also a bit longer than the last one as well (see 0935).
1995 Champion John Daly has just teed off. Lack of TV pictures here, so if anyone at the course could let me know his attire for the day, that'd be grand.
From Bruce in Scotland, via text:
"I had the privilege of watching the coolest man in golf play the most impressive shot I have ever seen. Jimenez, wall, 17th. Say no more." If you haven't seen it yet, and you are in the UK,
here it is.
Poults is refusing to give this up. A sixth birdie of the round, on the par-four 13th has lifted him into red figures. He is joined as on-course leader by Italy's Edoardo Molinari who has reached the turn in 33 after three birdies on his front nine. As I write that, Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa birdies the second to pick up his second shot of the day and move to -2. (Sorry, don't have a Japanese up arrow.)
From Michael in Glasgow, via text:
"I played the Old Course as a 30th birthday treat and was so nervous I missed the ball on the first tee and then failed to notice a couple pushing a pram across the walkway as I finally whizzed a ball over their heads."
peteholly on 606
"Is there a 64 out there today? If there is, then maybe a winner could emerge even as far back as the group on 4 under. Oosthuizen must come back to the field though or he will be the winner."
Poults chances of becoming Open champion in 2010 are surely over now. A third consecutive par, on the 12th, leaves him with a Munro or two to climb.
Stop the clock. Johnson has finished. Haven't got official timings, but that must have been no more than a 2hr 25 minute round. He bogeyed 17 and parred 18th to finish to set the clubhouse lead on +7.
From Barry Markwick in a very Scottish-looking, rainy Thailand, via text:
"Re - Pete Scrivener - never played rugby before: Is this the Pete 'Stone Roses' Scrivener that used to work for Virgin?" Morning Barry, nice to hear from you.
Sweden's Johnson has bogeyed 16 to drop back to where he started the morning, at +6 and last in the field of 77. Poults meanwhile has parred 10 and 11, he needs just a couple of eagles and several birdies on the back to set a challenging clubhouse score.
While we wait for the leaders to waken from their slumbers and make their way to the Old Course, why not take a peek at Andrew Cotter's look at the history behind
'The Golf Champion Trophy'
or the Claret Jug to me and you. Okay, it's not four hours long, but it will help pass a couple of minutes.
From Big Joe, via text:
"I play the Old Course regularly - it's always fun to slap a ball into the staff quarters of the hotel, just to wake-up the lazy summer students 'working' there."
Could we be on for the quickest round in Open Championship history? Sweden's Richard Johnson teed off exactly two hours ago, he's just played the 15th. It's not like he's just hitting it either. Four birdies, one bogey and a double bogey so far. I followed Monty round Muirfield in 2002 and he took around two hours 45 minutes if my memory serves me correctly.
From Martin in Glasgow, via text:
"That JP text about the 17th (see 0853) made my morning, played a few years ago with work and hit a 10 on that hole on my way to a lovely round of 122."
From Graeme in Dunbar, via text:
"I worked at the Old Course Hotel during the summer of '91, staying in staff accommodation at the end of the hotel. I was forever being woken by the sound of golf balls being hammered into the side of my room followed by severe cursing as another hapless drive failed at the shortcut over the hotel!"
Of the players out on the course, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke is currently the highest up the leaderboard. He birdied the first to move to level par for the tournament. He has just been joined by Poulter who has had a birdie three on the ninth to go out in 32.
From John in Southampton, via text:
"Is this the same Pete Scrivener who used to play for Wasps? If it's not that's okay, but if it is that would be quite exciting - well a little bit, cos I played against him. Good work anyway." Excitement over John, I've never played a game of rugby union in my life.
England's Ian Poulter is on the charge. He's had four birdies in his opening seven holes, including a run of three from the fifth. Just a shame he started the day so far adrift. He's three under for the day and +1 for the Championship.
From JP in Yorkshire, via text:
"I am quite new to golf, playing off 18. 2 years ago played at a posh corporate do there. Holed from 110 yards on the tough 17th for a birdie! Makes me smile every time a pro drops a shot there as I average 3 on the 'toughest' hole on the course!"
Johnson is not the first person to struggle on the 11th. Back in 1921 a certain American by the name of Bobby Jones arrived at St Andrews to contest his first Open. In the third round he hit his ball into the Strath bunker that protects the green and promptly picked up his ball, effectively disqualifying himself from the tournament. Jones stated his dislike for the Old Course, but returned in 1927 and won the Championship, the second of his three Open triumphs. He was later made a Freeman of St Andrews.
Richard Johnson, our Swedish friend who went out first at 0725 this morning, has played 10 holes. He's rattling along nicely with four birdies and just one dropped shot so far. Hang on a mo though, he's just double bogeyed the par three 11th. No TV pictures yet so I don't know exactly what happened, but you could probably have a good guess that the Strath bunker was involved.
From Miles in Essex, via text:
"Lee Westwood's up and down at 17 in the 3rd round was my highlight of the week so far! Nerves of steel! Could be so significant at the end of today."
Royal & Ancient Chairman Peter Dawson has just been on 5 live's Sportsweek defending Friday's stoppage of play due to high winds. "No one was favoured," he says. "It was a classic stop and resumption and we're back on schedule this morning." And asked whether he feared the tournament going into a fifth day, he adds: "No, we never had a worry about that." And on picking a winner, he suggests: "The leader will take some dislodging today."
Everyone's got a St Andrews story, whether that be through watching or playing. Mine is playing a shot off the second fairway of the Old Course after hooking my tee shot on the first while playing the New Course. Admittedly it's not great but it gets the ball rolling. Let me know yours.
From George in Dubai, via text:
"Being Sunday morning I'm at work (yawn). Hoping McIlroy can deliver an Ishikawa-style 58 today to overhaul Louis. Perhaps the sun's gone to my head though."
From Pickles, via text:
"I've been mixing muesli in my factory since 6am and can't wait til 12 to get home and see Westy tear up the old bird this afternoon. Come on Lee!"
Poulter has birdied the par-four third to go to +3 while Richard Johnson, who is fairly scooting round the course, is -2 after six so he is no longer propping up the leaderboard. South Africa's Thomas Aiken is currently bottom of the pile on +6. Monty has played the par-four first in regulation.
First birdie of the day is sunk by 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson on the first. Scotland's Colin Montgomerie is about to get his fourth round underway. The last time the Open was played at St Andrews, in 2005, he briefly challenged Tiger Woods for the lead during the final round, but had to settle for second place behind the world number one.
Westwood, on the other hand, will not be as chuffed. After his third round on Saturday, he said that a spot of
on Sunday would be the only way he could catch the South African leader Oosthuizen. He is -7, eight shots off the pace.
Quick weather report for you. The met office is expecting a spot or two of rain this morning on the east coast of Scotland but reckon that will clear to leave a bright, if breezy afternoon. The wind could gust at up to 30mph. I reckon Oosthuizen might be reasonably happy with that. Sounds a little like Saturday's weather and he coped admirably with that, shooting a three-under par 69. He says he is
expecting "something special" on Sunday.
Par for Poulter on one and he stays +4. With an expected finish to proceedings at sometime around 1900, it's going to be a long day. I'd love it if you got involved on
or by texting me on 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
(worldwide) with GOLF before your message. (Not all contributions can be used. Messages will be charged at your standard operator rate.) Don't be shy now.
The first man out on the course, Richard Johnson, starts with a solid par on the first. England's Ian Poulter has just begun his final round. He certainly wouldn't have been wanting to go out so early on a Sunday morning at the Open.
Oosthuizen, who is -15 for the tournament, has to sit around until 1405 before he can start his final round. He will play with Casey. A couple of all European pairings precede them. Germany's Martin Kaymer, who is seven shots back on -8 is paired with Sweden's Henrik Stenson. World number three Lee Westwood goes out at 1345 alongside Alejandro Canizares. They are eight shots off the lead.
Sweden's Richard Johnson gets the final round underway. He's starting at +6, 21 shots off the pace. Fair to say he won't be appearing too high on the leaderboard. Tom Pernice went out first yesterday and chose to play on his own. He went round in one over par in a little over three hours. Expect rounds of more than five hours long from our leaders.
Morning all. Welcome to the fourth and final round of the 2010 Open at St Andrews, quite possibly the finest day on the British sporting calendar. Oosthuizen holds a healthy four-shot lead over England's Paul Casey going into the final 18 holes. At most tournaments, that would be enough of an advantage to be thinking about your winners' speech, but this is not most tournaments.
Will Louis Oosthuizen hold his nerve to become the fourth South African to win the Open Championship?