Three rounds are complete at the 2012 Open Championship, and one player is firmly positioned above the rest as the field prepares for the final 18 holes at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Adam Scott, ranked No. 13 in the world, fired a two-under par 68 on "moving day" and opened a commanding four-shot lead over two other players—second-round leader Brandt Snedeker and U.S. Open runner-up Graeme McDowell.
One more shot back at six under par is Tiger Woods, who continues the quest for his first major championship victory since 2008 and the 15th major of his storied career.
Surprisingly, the weather in Lancashire, England has played little to no role in the tournament thus far. The third round found many golfers in short sleeves as temperatures were in the 60s under sunny skies with virtually no wind. But if the Sunday forecast proves correct—with gusty winds up to 25 mph predicted—the comfort the players have enjoyed during the first three rounds could come to an abrupt end.
It could also allow a lot of golfers to get into the mix. When you combine strong winds with deep pot bunkers and thick rough—something these players have yet to experience at the Open Championship—not to mention Sunday major championship pressure, scores can disintegrate rapidly.
It's Adam Scott's tournament for the taking at this moment, but here are nine more contenders poised to take home the Claret Jug as the 2012 Open Championship winner.