Unfortunately for many in the field of the 2013 British Open, moving day doesn’t only mean that players can move up the leaderboard – they can also fall. Second round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez shot seven over par on Saturday to move to three over on the tournament and in a tie for 11th place with several other notable names like Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson.
There were only five rounds below 70 in the third round at Muirfield – the same number of rounds that came in at 80 or above. The majority of the field was somewhere in the range of one to four over par on Saturday. Hunter Mahan was one of the golfers that managed to break 70 in the third round, and his 68 tied for the best round of the day. It also moved him to one under for the tournament and put him into the final pairing on Sunday with leader Lee Westwood – who takes a two shot lead into the final round. Mahan is tied with Tiger Woods, who carded a one over par 72 on the day.
It’s going to be even harder to get into position to score tomorrow, as the course will surely be playing tougher than the pros have seen all week. The two shot lead that Westwood will take into the final round could disappear very quickly if he lets the moment get too big for him. If he is still in the lead when he tees off, I think Westwood will be much more comfortable in the final round. If someone manages to get hot out of the gate and put pressure on, I can see Westwood faltering early as he tries to press and force the issue.