SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Jordan Spieth of the United States celebrates holing out for birdie on the 18th green during the third round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 22, 2017 in Southport, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

American golfer Jordan Spieth executed his game plan perfectly in the third round of the British Open, avoiding costly mistakes while also taking advantage of birdie opportunities to give himself a three-stroke lead with a total of 11-under 199.

Spieth on Saturday started the day at six-under total, two shots ahead of countryman and playing partner Matt Kuchar. Both of them were well aware of the need to be aggressive on a mild day at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club with little wind and lots of competitors moving their way up the leaderboard, reports Efe.

The third-ranked Spieth carded three birdies on the front nine and two more on the back nine — the last coming on a long putt on the par-four 18th — in a clean, bogey-free round.

“I’m extremely pleased, couldn’t ask for much more. I feel very confident in the way I’ve been striking my irons,” 23-year-old Spieth was quoted as saying by europeantour.com.

If that continues and I feel that way as we get in our warm-up and then early in the round tomorrow, then I can play more conservatively off the tee and take a lot of those bunkers out of play and that’s obviously very important.”  Series victory in Sri Lanka in 2015 Helped India Scale To Numero Uno Status: Virat Kohli

Kuchar, 39, kept himself in contention with a 66, although a costly double bogey on the par-four 16th tarnished what could have been one of the lowest rounds of the day. He has a three-day total of eight-under 202.

Several golfers went deep into the red at Royal Birkdale, with South African Brendan Grace shooting an eight-under 62, the lowest-ever single-round score in a men’s golf major.

A score of 63 has occurred 31 times at one of the four major championships, but Grace now has a piece of golf history all to himself.  Watch: MS Dhoni Turn Back The Clock At MA Chidambaram Stadium With Huge Sixes

American World No.1 Dustin Johnson also had a remarkable day, firing a 64 that got himself back into the tournament at 3-under 207 total.

Even so, he will likely need both Spieth and Kuchar to have miserable final rounds to have any chance on Sunday.

Four other golfers also are ahead of Johnson: 20-year-old Canadian Austin Connelly and American reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka at five-under 205 and Grace and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama at four-under 2016.

Stronger winds and occasional showers in Southport, a city on England’s northwest coast, could make playing conditions more challenging on Sunday.  I Like To Perform When There Are Challenges Ravindra Jadeja

  • SHARE
    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Here’s The Daily Sports Round Up From Around The Globe On 19th October, 2017

    Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 19th October 2017. Here’s all the news from sporting...

    David Warner Reveals Why He Asked Rohit Sharma To Talk English

    Three years after being involved in a heated exchange with Rohit Sharma, Australia's star David Warner has revealed why he told the India opener to...

    SA vs BAN 2nd ODI: Every Team Lacks An AB de Villiers: Mashrafe Mortaza

    If Bangladesh were hoping for a respite in the third One-Day International against South Africa on Wednesday (October 18) after being thoroughly outplayed in the...

    South Africa Vs Bangladesh 2017: AB De Villiers Is A Destroyer – Mashrafe Mortaza

    Doubting champions is never the sensible thing to do especially in a sport like cricket, which thrives on the brilliance of champions. One such...
    Smith Earns more than Kohli

    Revealed: Steve Smith Highest Earning Captain In International Cricket, Pips Virat Kohli

    Not only in the standard but there is also a huge pay disparity in the game as a detailed study by ESPNcricinfo has revealed Australia skipper...