The Open Championship 2013 Leaderboard: Sleepers in Position for Runs at Title
At long last, the final round of the 2013 Open Championship is upon us, and as has been the case with both majors this year, the field is relatively wide open heading into the final day.
Yes, Lee Westwood has a reassuring two-shot lead on Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan, but beyond the top trio sits a pack of five golfers within striking distance of the leaders.
The lead has changed hands multiple times since Friday, and if Westwood can't ride off into the sunset with his first major, there are a host of contenders hot on his heels.
In preparation for the final round of what has been a very entertaining British Open, here's a look at the sleepers who could climb the leaderboard during the final day of play.
|1||Lee Westwood||72||68||70||9:10 am||-1||F||-3||210|
|T2||Hunter Mahan||72||72||68||9:10 am||-3||F||-1||212|
|T2||Tiger Woods||69||71||72||9:00 am||+1||F||-1||212|
|4||Adam Scott||71||72||70||9:00 am||-1||F||E||213|
|T5||Angel Cabrera||69||72||73||8:50 am||+2||F||+1||214|
|T5||Ryan Moore||72||70||72||8:50 am||+1||F||+1||214|
|T5||Zach Johnson||66||75||73||8:40 am||+2||F||+1||214|
|T5||Henrik Stenson||70||70||74||8:40 am||+3||F||+1||214|
|T9||Phil Mickelson||69||74||72||8:30 am||+1||F||+2||215|
|T9||Francesco Molinari||69||74||72||8:30 am||+1||F||+2||215|
*via Yahoo! Sports. For full leaderboard, click below.
One of the less-heralded golfers who has played his way into contention is 37-year-old Henrik Stenson. He has been a model of consistency through the first three rounds.
After starting the tournament off with back-to-back days shooting 70, the Swedish Stenson had a tough third round, finishing four over for the afternoon.
But all is not lost, because even though Stenson sits six back of Westwood, Muirfield has been incredibly unpredictable, and any one of the leaders could fall back in the blink of an eye.
For Stenson, who has come in third at the British Open twice in the past, today represents an opportunity to get another crack at that elusive first major. If he can duplicate his performance from either of the first two rounds, he'll have a shot at the title.
Can Hunter Mahan catch Westwood and Woods?
After three rounds, there are three golfers who have put distance between themselves and the rest of the field, and the most surprising is Hunter Mahan.
At 31, Mahan has been around for quite some time but has never really been considered a contender at big-ticket tournaments, primarily because his only top-five finish at a major came last month at the U.S. Open when he finished fourth.
But Mahan is more than in the mix for the Open title at Muirfield. In fact, with just two shots separating him from Westwood, all the California native has to do is keep doing what he did on Saturday.
If Mahan can post the same result that he did in Round 3 on judgement day, he has as good of a shot as anyone to take home the coveted trophy.
Despite having not earned a top-10 finish at a major since 2006, Ryan Moore has played his way into contention in Scotland and appears to be on the verge of his best major result yet.
However, in order for Moore to have any chance of catching Mahan, Woods and Westwood, he'll have to come up with a performance similar to the one he enjoyed on Friday, as he left the course one under for the day.
Given that his best finish at the Open Championship is 28th in 2011, Moore isn't going to be a popular choice to walk off with the title on Sunday, but if he can at least stay on par, he'll undoubtedly be in the mix.
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