Moving day has begun at Royal Liverpool as members of the field will attempt to get into position to make a run toward the top of the leaderboard for a shot to come away with the Claret Jug on Sunday.
Shooting a low round over the weekend during the 2014 British Open isn't going to be an easy task. Rainy and blustery conditions are already prevalent in Hoylake, England, and according to Weather.com, we can expect damp conditions for the remainder of the day.
Weather forced two-tee starts on Saturday in an effort to avoid dangerous conditions later in the day:
2 tee start tomorrow at 9am due to inclement weather forecast including thunder & lightning. Some sunshine promised too. #TheOpen— The Open (@The_Open) July 18, 2014
Rory McIlroy entered the day at 12 under for the tournament and holding a four-stroke lead; however, that lead won't be a comfortable one, as some players have already begun shooting low numbers on Saturday.
Here's a look at the tournament's current leaderboard:
For the second consecutive day, McIlroy began his round with a bogey on the par-four first. He did rebound nicely with a birdie on the par-five fifth to get back to even, but the field is already gaining ground on the leader.
Rickie Fowler has been playing extremely well, beginning his day with four birdies over the first six holes. Suddenly, he finds himself solo in second place at 10 under for the tournament and just two strokes behind McIlroy. He's been brilliant in majors this year, finishing T5 in Augusta and T2 at the U.S. Open.
The Golf Channel's Jason Sobel certainly wouldn't mind a Sunday duel between these two players:
Rory McIlroy leads. Rickie Fowler right behind him. Still early, but a Sunday duel between ultra-popular 25-year-olds wouldn't be terrible.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) July 19, 2014
Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzel are within three strokes of the lead.
After three straight pars to open his round, Schwartzel recorded three consecutive birdies to move to nine under for the championship. No stranger to playing well in majors, Schwartzel won the Masters back in 2011. He certainly has what it takes to be a threat over the weekend.
The Open's official Twitter account followed along with Schwartzel's surge:
Charl Schwartzel makes 3 consecutive birdies (as he did twice yesterday) to move to -9, T2 with Dustin Johnson, two behind McIlroy #TheOpen— The Open (@LiveBulletins) July 19, 2014
The big-hitting Johnson is nicely in the mix once more on Saturday after starting the day with a birdie on the first hole. With four par fives yet to come for his round, Johnson could put himself in a great position to claim his first major win.
Don't sleep on Tiger Woods just yet. After a dreadful round on Friday, he just barely made the cut. However, he's off to a fast start on Saturday, birdieing his first two holes to get back to even par for the tournament.
We've seen Woods put up some low numbers in past major tournaments, and we'll have to keep a keen eye on him the rest of the way. You just never know when he'll make a charge.
After all, he has at least one huge fan hoping he does well on moving day, via CBS Sports:
Phil Mickelson is continuing his roller-coaster ways on Saturday. He began the round with a two-over 37 on the front nine, but he also birdied three of the first four holes after making the turn to get back into the red for the day.
Due to the course's weather conditions, we can expect some erratic play from a great deal of players throughout the remainder of Round 3. Things should continue to change quickly on Saturday while the field continues jockeying for position before the final 18 holes.
With such a great deal of talent on the links course, and varying weather conditions, Royal Liverpool has become a great stage for a thrilling final 36 holes in this year's British Open.