Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson are locked in a tight battle for the 2016 British Open title heading into the final round on Sunday, as the Swede holds a one-shot lead over his closest rival at the top of the leaderboard, sitting at 12 under.
Stenson carded another fine round of three under on Saturday, the same score he put up on Thursday, while overnight leader Mickelson only managed a one-under 70 to lose out on the top spot.
Third-placed Bill Haas already chases Stenson by six shots, and the race to the title seems to be between the Swede and Mickelson alone at this point. Here's a look at the current leaderboard, as well as TV info and live streams for the final day of competition:
TV Info: Golf Channel, NBC Sports (U.S.), Sky Sports (UK)
Stenson Nearing Maiden Major Win
Stenson is arguably the best golfer in the world to have never won a major, although he came close in 2013, when he finished as the runner-up in the Open behind none other than Mickelson.
The 40-year-old has four PGA Tour wins under his belt, including the 2009 Players Championship, but the lack of a major on his resume is glaring. If his form at Royal Troon is anything to go by, that will soon change, however.
Stenson is the only player to have scored below 70 in all three of his rounds, and his short game has been phenomenal so far. Per Golf Channel's Justin Ray, he's putting better than ever in the final days of a major:
The Open shared this lovely example:
He has never held a lead after 54 at a major until now, per the Golf Channel, and it's more than fair to wonder how he will cope with the pressure on Sunday. Mickelson is a surefire Hall of Famer and five-time major-winner for a reason, after all, and a one-shot lead is anything but safe when going up against such a legendary player.
The 46-year-old played his worst round of the 2016 Open so far on Saturday, bogeying two of the last five holes but saving par on the 18th to finish with a score of one under. Once again, he was flawless on the front nine, and for the week, he has recorded eight birdies through those 27 holes.
Mickelson hasn't won a major since lifting the Claret Jug in 2013, but his experience in close battles in the final round should give him an advantage. He has gotten a little lucky with some of his approach shots so far, but the veteran is known for miraculous saves―there's no reason to believe that won't continue on Sunday.
In an interview with the Irish Golf Desk's Brian Keogh (h/t Fox Sports Asia), Padraig Harrington, who knows both men well, pointed to Mickelson's love of going head-to-head as a factor that could decide the final round:
[Phil] loves head-to-head, he loves playing a match on a Tuesday of every tournament week. ... Plus when you’ve got that great short game and you can get up and down from places, it does have a bearing in a match if you can get up and down. When a guy thinks he’s got the hole won because he’s sitting over a 15-footer and you’re in trouble, and you get up and down and all of a sudden he’s got a three-footer for a half, even if he holes it, it’s still wearing. Phil has got that ability to hit the great shots which help in match play.
Other great storylines have developed over the course of the last few days as well, with the local crowds all seemingly cheering on fourth-placed Andrew Johnston, who enjoyed yet another fine round on Saturday. Haas has never finished higher than 19th at the Open―he also faces a huge round of golf on Sunday.
But per ESPN.com's Jason Sobel, it's clear they're no longer vying for the Claret Jug:
Stenson has been flawless on the back nine since Friday, while Mickelson has done most of his damage on the front nine. Most of the players seem to struggle with the back nine a little more, handing Stenson a big advantage if he can keep his cool early in the final round.