British Open 2013: Most Disappointing Performances on Saturday at Muirfield

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 21, 2013

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19:  Bubba Watson of the United States reacts to a chip shot on the 10th green during the second round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 19, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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A few big names and lesser-known players fell miserably out of contention after Saturday at the 2013 Open Championship. Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and even Phil Mickelson weren't among them.

That threesome will be front and center on the final day of the tournament. Though Westwood leads Woods and Hunter Mahan by one stroke, don't count out Mickelson, who is five shots back at two over.

Here's a look at the real-time leaderboard:

In contrast, the ship has sailed for the following golfers after disappointing rounds on Saturday at Muirfield.


Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Miguel Angel Jimenez's Crushing 77s

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson were long shots heading into the weekend at two over par, but they certainly weren't being counted out. Miguel Angel Jimenez was the leader after two rounds at three under par.

Thanks to matching six-over 77s on Saturday, all three men will simply be going through the motions on Sunday. Sure, they can improve their final spot on the leaderboard which will possibly earn them a higher payout, but at least one of them had to have serious thoughts of winning the tournament.

The most symbolic portion of Jimenez's day was his performance on the par-fives. Coming into Saturday, he had shot a combined two under on those holes. On Saturday, he bogeyed two of the three.

He did manage two birdies on the day, but there were far too many issues for Jimenez to remain in striking distance.

He's still tied for 11th place, but six strokes back for a huge underdog is a near insurmountable deficit on this course and against this field.


Jordan Spieth and Charl Schwartzel Stumble to Five-Over 76s

Jordan Spieth is just 19 years old, but after two rounds he had a decent shot at being relevant on Sunday. After Saturday, he'll just be adding experience on the tournament's final day.

Charl Schwartzel's roller-coaster performance at Muirfield continued. He shot a four-over 75 on Thursday and three-under 68 on Friday, but the 76 on Saturday eliminated the momentum.

Had he just maintained par, he would still have a chance to make some noise. As it stands, he and Spieth are tied for 25th place at six over.


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