Senior British Open 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Recap and More

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Senior British Open 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Recap and More
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Bernhard Langer continued his tear at Royal Birkdale on Saturday, shooting a four-under 66 to move to nine shots under par at the 2013 Senior Open Championship. 

But Saturday was no one-man show. The day's action also saw Spaniard Miguel Angel Martin shoot a five-under 65. Martin is well off the lead with one round to play, but David Frost and Mark Wiebe are still very much in contention after shooting a two-under and 68 and par 70 respectively in Round 3.

Still, this year's Senior British Open appears to be Langer's to lose after a dominant performance on Saturday.

Here's a look at the leaderboard through 54 holes in Southport, Merseyside, England:

2013 Senior British Open Leaderboard After 3 Rounds
Pos. Player Round 3 Score Overall
1 Bernhard Langer 66 -9
2 David Frost 68 -6
3 Mark Wiebe 70 -5
T4 Sandy Lyle 69 -3
T4 Peter Fowler 70 -3
T4 Gene Sauers 70 -3
7 Peter Senior 69 -2
8 Corey Pavin 69 -1
T9 Steve Pate 68 Even
T9 Gary Wolstenholme 68 Even

EuropeanTour.com

 

*Click here to view the entire leaderboard courtesy of EuropeanTour.com.

 

Langer Avoids Trouble Late, Finishes Atop Leaderboard

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Bernhard Langer made big shot after big shot Saturday at the Senior Open Championship, recording three birdies on the front nine before finally running into some trouble on No. 14.

Langer would bogey the hole but then rallied on No. 15, knocking in his fourth birdie of the round to bring him back to three-under for the day. The two-time Masters champion would birdie No. 17 before the day was through to finish four-under on the day, sparking this bold statement from Taylor Johnson on Twitter:

The ultra consistent 55-year-old will take a two shot lead into Sunday's final round. 

 

Frost Turns Out Another 68, Wiebe Struggles

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Much like Langer, South African David Frost has been incredibly consistent at this summer's Senior Open Championship, shooting a two-under 68 in each of the first three rounds, giving himself a chance heading into the final 18 holes of play.

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On Saturday, Frost entered the third round just one stroke off the lead, and despite Langer's phenomenal play, is just three strokes back. Frost played the last three holes of the front nine as well as you possibly can, picking up three consecutive birdies to pull to seven-under for the tournament.

He would come back down to earth on the back nine, though, bogeying hole Nos. 10, 14 and 18. 

Meanwhile, Mark Wiebe, who began Saturday tied with Langer for the lead at five-under, struggled throughout, bogeying two holes on the front nine and missing an opportunity on the par-5 15th hole. He would finish with two birdies and two bogeys for the round and will need a huge final-round performance to catch Langer.

 

Miguel Angel Martin Shoots Best Round

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Spain's Miguel Angel Martin climbed 46 spots up the leaderboard on Saturday after shooting a third-round-best five-under 65. Unfortunately, Martin's memorable round comes just one day after he shot a five-over 75 in Round 2.

The 51-year-old is two over for the tournament, but barring an epic collapse, he won't have much of a shot to catch the leaders on Sunday.

Still, he's one of only a handful of players who have shot a 65 this weekend, making him a player worth watching during the final round if he can stay hot.

 

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