Senior British Open 2018: Miguel Angel Jimenez Leads After 3rd Round

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2018

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 27:  Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain in action during the second round of the Senior Open presented by Rolex played at The Old Course on July 27, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
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Miguel Angel Jimenez continued to entertain at the 2018 Senior British Open, leading the field by two shots after ending Round 3 on nine under at the Old Course at St Andrews on Saturday.

The Spaniard carded a level-par round of 72 as he maintained an advantage at the leaderboard's summit.

Bernhard Langer remained in contention after completing a round of one over—two shots off the lead.

Tom Pernice Jr.'s round of one under also left him two shots off the top after a resilient effort.

American legend Tom Watson returned to the clubhouse in a round of 73 and resides in contention on six under for the competition.

For the latest scores, visit the European Tour website to see the leaderboard in full.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 28:  Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain acknowledges the applause from the crowd on the 17th green during Day Three of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at The Old Course on July 28, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Tony Ma
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Jimenez proved his skill on the Old Course, rescuing poor efforts with classical recovery golf.

The popular Spanish star posted bogey on the opening hole but back-to back birdies on No. 5 and 6 revitalised his day.

The Mechanic failed to find any sort of consistency as bogey putts interchanged quickly with birdies, keeping the 54-year-old in control of the tournament.

Jimenez finished his round with three-consecutive par putts, handing him the overall lead after an eclectic day.

The Staysure Tour highlighted the leader's action-packed round:

Staysure Tour @StaysureTour

Only Miguel could make standing in the Swilcan burn look cool. 😎 #SeniorOpen https://t.co/SKAtBi4e2D

Langer missed a last-gasp putt to finish the day on seven-under for the competition so far, with a final bogey spoiling his position in the chasing pack.

The German had a tough back-nine, with four bogeys hampering his card late in the day.

Watson continued to be a huge draw for fans at the Senior British Open, and the legend has a chance of glory after a third round of one-over.

A magnificent eagle putt was sunk on No. 5, setting up a commendable charge, but a tricky back-nine hamstrung many of the players on the course—including Watson.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 28:  Tom Watson of the United States plays his first shot on the 2nd tee during Day Three of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at The Old Course on July 28, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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The eight-time major champion carded a double-bogey on No. 14 and his confidence clearly dipped as he struggled to maintain par.

Jimenez remains the consummate entertainer in the field, and he will be a deserved champion if he completes the job on Sunday.

The veteran's style of attacking golf was pleasing on the eye, but he must show more consistency if he is to hold off a talented field chasing the winner's cheque.