British Open Scores 2013: Day 4 Leaderboard Updates for Players on the Course
The final round of the 2013 British Open commences on Sunday, and there are 17 players within six shots of the lead.
Entering the round, Lee Westwood is at the top of the leaderboard, with a two-stroke lead over Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan.
But those aren't the only players in contention. Here are some noteworthy updates of a few top names at Muirfield.
Where: Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
When: Sunday, July 21
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Lee Westwood is one good round away from winning his first ever major. He shot a one-under 70 in the third round and has put himself in great position to emerge from the pack.
Westwood was in the same position in 2010, but ended up finishing in second. Needless to say, he'll be striving for a better outcome this time around.
The 40-year-old has hit 12 birdies and one eagle so far, in addition to 11 bogeys.
He's been close before in majors, as he has seven top-three finishes since 2008. Despite the near misses, Westwood does not seem to be under pressure, per Steve DiMeglio of USA Today:
I'm not in a high-pressure situation, because I'm going to go have dinner, and I'm so good with a knife and fork now that I don't feel any pressure at all. I'll think about winning the Open Championship tonight at some stage, I'm sure. I don't see anything wrong with that. … You picture yourself holding the Claret Jug at the final tee and seeing your name at the top of the leaderboard. When it comes to tee off, I should be in the same frame of mind as I was today.
If Westwood can hold on, it will catapult the Brit back into the top of the golf world. He's one of the most talented golfers, and a major championship is all he's missing.
Woods is currently two shots back on Westwood, as he searches for his first major victory since 2008.
While Tiger hasn't played terribly, his score has gotten worse in each round. After hitting a 69 in the first round, Woods hit a 71 in the second and a 72 in the third.
More than anything, however, Woods has been pretty steady, with 30 pars and just nine bogeys.
Two strokes is not a huge deficit, although he has never won a major tournament without having at least a share of the lead entering the final round.
Headed into Sunday, Woods is focused on improving his putting, per DiMeglio:
I'm pleased where I'm at. I'm only two back, and there's only one guy ahead of me. I felt like I played well today, I really did. And I had a couple opportunities to make a couple of putts, I just didn't do it. Caught a couple of weird bounces out there, which is normal. But all in all it was a good, solid day. And (Sunday) hopefully I can play just a little bit better and make a couple more putts.
Woods will win if he keeps playing solidly and if Westwood falters a bit. If Westwood continues his fine play, Woods will have to put in a spectacular round to take the title.
Mahan is tied with Woods for second place, just two shots back from Westwood.
He has never won a major before, with his highest finish coming earlier this year at the 2013 U.S. Open.
The 31-year-old had a great third round, hitting a 68, along with five birdies and just two bogeys.
Of the three in the top group, Mahan has the least experience. However, he is talented enough to take advantage of a mistake by either Westwood or Woods.
According to Bob Harig of ESPN.com, Mahan is soaking up the experience at Muirfield and trying to play his game:
I'm just trying to play golf. I'm not trying to add to anything or make it more than it is, just enjoying kind of the opportunity of playing in a major, playing in a British. I enjoyed it playing in the U.S. Open. I enjoyed playing with Phil. I didn't think that was a distraction or a hindrance or anything. You just kind of accept things and appreciate them.
He'll be a name to watch on Day 4.
There are a number of players within striking distance.
Leading the way is Adam Scott, who sits in fourth place just three strokes off the lead. The 2013 Masters champion hit an impressive 68 in the third round.
There are four players tied for fifth place. The group—Zach Johnson, Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson and Ryan Moore—sit four strokes back.
These golfers are certainly not out of it, but someone in the top group will have to falter if one of them is to win.
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