Eighteen holes separate Lee Westwood from immortality. If he can hang onto his lead at the 2013 British Open, Westwood will win the first major tournament of his career.
It would be a monumental achievement for the 40-year-old, especially given the difficulty of Muirfield.
Westwood is just one of many golfers who will be teeing off on Sunday afternoon. With the small distances between the top 10 or so golfers, Round 4 could see a lot of movement. Guys three or four strokes back could make a late push as the leaders fall by the wayside.
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Full Round 4 Afternoon Pairings
|Time (BST)||Time (ET)||Group||Golfers|
|12:05||7:05||30||Keegan Bradley||Shingo Katayama|
|12:15||7:15||31||Ian Poulter||Justin Leonard|
|12:25||7:25||32||Johnson Wagner||Martin Kaymer|
|12:35||7:35||33||Ernie Els||Richard Sterne|
|12:45||7:45||34||Rafael Cabrera-Bello||Miguel Angel Jimenez|
|13:00||8:00||35||Dustin Johnson||Jason Day|
|13:10||8:10||36||Hideki Matsuyama||Jamie Donaldson|
|13:20||8:20||37||Brandt Snedeker||Sergio Garcia|
|13:30||8:30||38||Francesco Molinari||Phil Mickelson|
|13:40||8:40||39||Henrik Stenson||Zach Johnson|
|13:50||8:50||40||Angel Cabrera||Ryan Moore|
|14:00||9:00||41||Adam Scott||Tiger Woods|
|14:10||9:10||41||Hunter Mahan||Lee Westwood|
Pairings to Watch
Brandt Snedeker and Sergio Garcia, 13:20 BST (8:20 a.m. ET)
Snedeker melted down in Round 2. He shot an eight-over 79 on Friday, getting double bogeys on Nos. 4, 10 and 18 and a triple bogey on No. 15. The 32-year-old recovered well on Saturday, though, shooting a two-under 69. Snedeker managed to avoid any big mistakes and even picked up an eagle on No. 9.
Garcia has been improving as the tournament has gone on. He shot a four-over 75 in Round 1, a two-over 73 in Round 2 and then a three-under 68 in Round 3. If Garcia continues at that rate, he'll be four-under for the tournament. While that most likely won't happen, Garcia should continue his good run.
If you want to watch a couple of guys who could be major movers on Sunday, keep your eyes on these two. They're not so far back that you can write them off for good. Garcia and Snedeker are two of the few golfers who finished under par for the third round. Should they sustain that play into the final round, they will be near the leaders.
Adam Scott and Tiger Woods, 14:00 BST (9 a.m. ET)
Considering how professional the trio is, you can count on no drama occurring on the course. Woods, Scott and Williams will get on with their jobs and not let petty disputes throw them off their game. It will be interesting to see if there's any sort of acknowledgement or dirty looks between Woods and Williams, though.
For a short period of time, Woods was leading the British Open at three-under. He eventually fell to one-over for the tournament and is now two strokes behind Lee Westwood. Despite having a record as a great closer, Woods doesn't have the same kind of luck when clawing his way back, per ESPN Stats and Info.
Perhaps this is the time when Woods breaks that duck.
Tiger Woods (-1): has never won major without share of 54-hole lead— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 20, 2013
For Scott, the road to the top is even more difficult. Despite coming off his best round of the tournament, he's still three strokes behind Westwood. Scott has been consistent in the tournament so far, but he'll need to find a different level to make up enough ground to win.
Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood, 14:10 BST (9:10 a.m. ET)
He could let the nerves get the better of him. If that's happens, he'll be dead to rights. Muirfield is a tough course, and the distance between Westwood and his competition is close.
However, given Westwood's consistency throughout the tournament, it would be foolish to bet against him. He shot a one-over 72 in the first round but came back with a three-under 68 in the second and then a one-under 70 on Saturday.
His partner for Round 4, Hunter Mahan, will be a major X-factor for the final round. He went one-over in both the first and second rounds. Then on Saturday, he shot a three-under 68.
Many fans probably believe that Scott or Woods has a better chance of winning than Mahan. Much like with Westwood, this kind of situation is foreign to Mahan. His best finish at a major tournament was fourth at the 2013 U.S. Open.
It would be great to see either Westwood or Mahan win his first major. It would be equally entertaining to watch a golfer move up the leaderboard and storm to a win on the final day. No matter what happens with Mahan and Westwood, this will be the pairing to watch on Sunday.