The field has now found its way to the second nine on Saturday, and luckily for every contender currently on the course, the rain has subsided and the soft course has yielded some low numbers so far.
Rory McIlroy continues to cling to his lead; however, he's being heavily challenged by several players, most notably Rickie Fowler. These two 25-year-old phenoms are putting on quite a show to begin the weekend.
Here's a look at the current leaderboard:
It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for McIlroy, who isn't quite resembling the form he showed during his first two rounds of 66.
For the second consecutive day, McIlroy began his round with a bogey on the par-four first hole, but he recovered nicely with a birdie on the par-five fifth and made the turn at even for the day. After a birdie at the 11th, McIlroy missed a short par putt on the 12th to return to level par and 12 under for the tournament.
Although, McIlroy's recent bogey hasn't exactly been a trend, as ESPN Stats & Info points out:
With McIlroy unable to go low on Saturday, the door was opened for the surging Fowler.
No stranger to great performances in majors this year, Fowler finished T5 at the Masters and T2 at the U.S. Open. Now, he's making a run at the British Open.
An absolute machine on Saturday at Royal Liverpool, Fowler completed his front nine with a score of 32 to move him to nine under for the tournament. This gorgeous birdie putt at the par-four second pretty much summed up the early portion of his round:
Fowler didn't stop there, as he birdied the first three holes of the back nine to join McIlroy for the lead at 12 under. PGA Tour quickly tweeted the sudden tie atop the leaderboard:
He's on a torrid pace and looks headed for the final pairing on Sunday should he continue.
Sergio Garcia is another mover on Saturday.
After taking a bogey at the first, he recorded four birdies before making the turn with a three-under 32. He's been steady on the back nine with four consecutive pars and is just three strokes off the pace.
The early rain didn't seem to bother the Spaniard at all:
World No. 1 Adam Scott hasn't made as much of a move as he would have liked on Saturday. A disastrous double bogey seven on the par-five 10th is haunting his round, as he sits at one under for the day and four under for the tournament.
Mickelson's bogey-plagued front nine and birdie-laden back nine led to a one-under 71 on the day to leave him just barely in the red for the tournament. Woods began strong, posting a two-under 35 on the back nine, but a double bogey at the second hole thwarted his bid to get back into contention.
There's still plenty of golf to be played on Saturday before the stage is set for a highly anticipated final round at Royal Liverpool.
On Sunday, the course shouldn't see any rain, but winds are supposed to pick back up, according to Weather.com. That should certainly lead to a thrilling conclusion to what's already been a memorable British Open.
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