Inclement weather has contributed to a late finish for The Open. It has been delayed by a full day for only the second time in the history of the tournament, as Paul Dunne, Irish amateur, attempts to fend off the world’s best.
The two day leader Dustin Johnson suffered a disappointing Sunday, posting a three-over 75 to start the final day on -7, some 5 shots adrift of the lead. Johnson had a successful second round, shooting a 3-under 69 to keep himself at the top along with Danny Willett. He remained fairly strong for most of the third round, and was level after 15, but bogeys on the last three holes severely impacted on his score, and he now faces a monumental challenge to fight back to the top.
The story of the week so far though has to be Paul Dunne, the amateur from Ireland who nearly missed out on the qualifying event at Woburn, after poor calculations on his travel time to the course. He won the event though, and now sits on -12, at the very top of The Open leaderboard, along with Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen. The last amateur to win The Open was Bobby Jones, who did so in 1930. Slight though he may be, Dunne is anything but nervous – asked about his chances on winning The Open 2015, re replied, “I’m well capable of shooting the score that I need to win if everyone else doesn’t play their best. Hopefully I play great again.” A round of -6 yesterday without a single bogey was among the best rounds of the day.
That accolade though, went to Marc, Leishman, who shot a -8 round of 64. The Australian was not in contention before yesterday, and was 9 shots adrift of leader Dustin Johnson, but is now within 3 shots of the lead – on a course where anything can happen.
Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen are rightfully the favourites for this year’s tournament however – Oosthuizen is a defending champion of sorts, having won The Open at St. Andrews the last time it was played there in 2010. Day has not won a major yet, and many believe he is overdue.
Still in the hunt, and gunning to become the first man to win the first 3 majors in the year since Ben Hogan did so in 1953. Spieth is just a shot adrift and full of confidence – “I’m going into the final round with plenty of confidence and comfort, which frees me up a little bit to take extra chances.”
Author Eoghan Aston
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