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The Top Five Pairings To Watch on Saturday at the 2014 Open Championship

The Top Five Pairings For Round 3 of the Open Championship

Rory McIlroy British Open 2014
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Through two rounds at Royal Liverpool, Rory McIlroy has opened a dominant four-stroke lead thanks to nearly flawless play. It's been a master class in major championship golf.

That doesn't mean Saturday will be boring. Featuring a two-tee start for the first time in Open Championship history to avoid weather complications, the following five groups will command attention. Will anybody catch McIlroy? We should start to see that tomorrow.

5. Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, George Coetzee

Charl Schwartzel British Open
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5. Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, George Coetzee

Charl Schwartzel British Open

If you can pronounce the South African trio's names, you’re already doing well. Coetzee made one of the early moves up the leaderboard on Friday, his birthday, at one point tying for the lead at -5 for the tournament.

Oosthuizen and Schwartzel, each with a major already on their resumes, shot four and five under respectively on Day 2, and appear well positioned to pick up any shots that are dropped by those ahead of them.

4. Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rhein Gibson

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4. Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rhein Gibson

Tiger Woods British Open

Welcome to the big-time, Rhein Gibson. The Aussie pro who has been grinding mini-tours and once shot a verified 55 in a casual round made the cut on the number. His prize? Playing with a living legend and one of the game's biggest new stars.

Although it's not exactly the best final group to be in, Woods and Spieth snuck in on the number after tough days on Friday. 14 shots back, both players just need to get something positive going, and soon.

3. Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker, Victor Dubuisson

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3. Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker, Victor Dubuisson

Adam Scott British Open

This group includes the world's top player, a three-time winner leading the FedEx Cup standings, and the man who took Jason Day to the limit at the WGC Match Play. Who wouldn't want to see this one?

While Scott and Walker have the recognition, Dubuisson made a huge run up the leaderboard with a Friday 66, carrying a ton of momentum. They've all got the game to stay in the mix, and that should be what we see this weekend.

2. Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore

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2. Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore

Rickie Fowler British Open

Three players, each looking for their first major championship. Garcia is the “grizzled veteran” of the bunch. Fowler is proving more and more that, with each passing major, he’s got some game to go with his flashy wardrobe. Moore is quietly riding back-to-back top-ten finishes heading into Hoylake, and is firmly in the mix at -6.

Look for Fowler to make some noise if he can fade the storms with a late-morning start.

1. Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari

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1. Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari

Dustin Johnson British Open

Who else but the leaders could top this list? McIlroy has been nearly flawless for two straight rounds, and Dustin Johnson matched the course record and set the lowest round of the day. Molinari has been excellent in his own right, and now gets the added benefit of playing in the final grouping. If you're looking for a Sunday favorite, it will likely come from this trio.