British Open Scores 2013: Final Results for Golf's Top Stars on Day 3

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2013

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits a shot on the 12th fairway during the third round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 20, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy may have missed the cut at the 2013 British Open, but most of golf's biggest stars entered Day 3 with live chances of taking the Claret Jug this year. 

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott are among the biggest names that entered Saturday's round with a chance to unseat Lee Westwood as the tournament's leader. 

While none of them were able to do so, all found themselves within striking distance as we approach the final day at Muirfield. Here's how everyone stacks up thus far. 

Let's take a look at what each star did on the crucial day in the tournament. 


Tiger Goes One Over; Gets Another Chance for Sunday Comeback

If history is any indicator, Tiger Woods really needed to get a part of the lead on Saturday. According to Numbers Never Lie, none of his 14 major wins have come when he isn't on top of the leaderboard going into Sunday. 

Unfortunately for Woods, he shot his worst round of the tournament with a 72 on the day. Woods had rode his putter to a hot start in the first two days, but it suddenly went cold on Saturday as Woods left quite a few strokes on the green with misses like this one on No. 7. 

And this one that cost him a shot at the lead at the time. 

It wasn't all bad for Tiger, though. He was hitting the ball well off the tee, setting himself up for good scores with shots like this one on No. 13. 

And this nice save from the bunker. 

Considering Woods was able to salvage a rough day on the greens with a round that put him within two strokes of the lead, he could have a chance to win a major from behind for the first time in his career. 


Lefty Survives Another Day

Phil Mickelson has been a bit of an anomaly throughout the tournament. Despite criticism of the course and some baffling play (like three-putting from two feet away on No. 16 on Day 2, according to Pat Forde), Lefty entered Day 3 in the hunt. 

Once again, he didn't really do too much to kill his chances or make a serious move up the leaderboard. He fired a 72 to get to two-over on the tournament and will enter the final day just five strokes behind Westwood for the lead. 

In typical Mickelson fashion, his round had some great highlights, including a great save from the bunker on No. 4. 

But he also struggled—especially on the back nine where he went bogey on Nos. 15 and 16 thanks to some struggles on the green. 

Five shots is a lot of ground to make up on the tournament's final day, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. If Mickelson can finally put everything together, he could make an interesting run. 


Adam Scott Quietly Remains in Contention

Of the three stars highlighted here, Adam Scott put together the best round at one-under par. That's the kind of day it was at Muirfield. 

Scott can attribute much of his success to his incredible accuracy and a strong day with the putter. The Aussie continued his success in hitting fairways. Per, he's hit 33 of 42 fairways through three rounds. 

As evidenced by birdie putts like this one on No. 13, he added success on the greens to his elements of success Saturday. 

It was just another day in the low 70s for Scott, but that's the kind of consistency it might take to survive what has become a battle of attrition. He'll be right in the thick of things on Sunday when he tries to catch up with Westwood, who is three strokes ahead.