Like the two previous days of the 2013 British Open, Saturday was a struggle for the world’s top players.
Englishman Lee Westwood survived the challenge, firing a one-under 70 to turn a one-shot deficit into a two-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round at Muirfield.
Westwood’s third-round effort was two better than playing partner Tiger Woods, who continues to show poise and patience in his effort to win a fourth Claret Jug and 15th career major title.
Things weren't quite so good for 36-hole leader Miguel Angel Jimenez, who shot a 77 and slid down the leaderboard.
Other contenders struggled, and several golfers, including Hunter Mahan, rose up the ranks with solid third-round efforts. In fact, Mahan’s three-under 68 puts him in the final pairing Sunday alongside Westwood. Both are looking for their first career major title.
In the group behind them will be Woods and Adam Scott, both of whom are looking to add to their trophy total.
Overall, it was a classic third round at Muirfield. Here are the winners and losers heading into the much-anticipated closing act of the Open Championship on Sunday.