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2013 Open Final Round Preview And Comment Thread

Sunday is noticeably cooler and the overcast more stubborn, with the same easterly winds we've seen since Friday. Whether the hole locations are more accessible--well, not placed on humps and bumps--remains to be seen but with a stellar leaderboard we should be in for a doozy. I'll be trailing the Woods and Scott group from the moment they hit the range but will be following on Twitter and via The Open's Lee Westwood Radio Network (87.7 on the dial if you are in Scotland).

Previewing the finale, Jim Moriarty thinks Lee Westwood has a shot at breaking his 0-61 record in majors.

For a UK take, James Corrigan and Kevin Garside understandably feel it's Westwood's chance and and based on post round comments, the Englishman is certainly sounding confident.

I wrote in Golf World Daily about Tiger's decision not to lay-up on 17 yesterday and how his refusal to play driver there could be key to today's finale.

Bob Harig breaks down what's at stake for the various leaders and their chances of winning.

In the polling here, after nearly 900 votes, Tiger is your pick at 37%, Lee at 29% and Adam at 14%.

Oddschecker turns into exchange wagering Sunday and might make for fun viewing.

The Guardian's live final round blog for those of you unable to watch, or if you are on Twitter, ByTheMinuteGolf will be joined by Mike Clayton and Lloyd Cole today.

Sunday Tee Times.

And the leaderboard.

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Excitement level 10 here in the pro shop!!My head says Tiger,my heart says Westwood but 2 weeks ago I put my 20 quid on Scott. Should be fantastic!
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Let's get it kicked off with some great ESPN coverage including a completely useless interview with Gene Wojciechowski.

I must be in the minority of golf viewers in that I actually like watching golf shots...even of those who aren't going to win!

In watching this morning, the course looks much slower than it did yesterday. If the clouds stick around, it will be interested to see if the course firms up at all. If not, and the players can go right at pins, it will be a different experience.

Exciting stuff!
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
We need to get some 'stars' on the course so ESPN can start their star-humping. Once that happens, we should be free of all the puff pieces and interviews with arseholes. Mostly. I mean, Lord knows they can't ever get completely out of their own way.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDsl
Tiger and Stevie get to rekindle their romance today.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKS
I can't do it anymore. Setting the DVR and watching later. It's just way too much filler, followed by commercials, and not enough golf. Enjoy the round, all.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDsl
How embarrassing. Networks forced to correct their leader boards and move Woods from second to third because Mahen gets to play in last group. Hate it when Woods gets special treatment by media. Love it when they get called on it.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMulligan
Azinger saying that Phil needs to go for broke is crazy. Phil wants to shoot -3, that means tons of pars and especially minimize bogies. He will play steady and hope for some putts to drop until back 9 at least.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
A very un-scott-like teeball off 1. A hard hook into the bunker...
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
TV coverage challenging. So many ads. Virtually no coverage of anybody not on/near top of the leaderboard.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenter@zunolover
Why does Tiger get to drop it three times? An official was right there looking at where it landed, can't say they didn't see where the second drop landed.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
Is Poults playing the same course as everyone else?
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
If Poults somehow posts even or -1, playoff?
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpiegs
I wish this was on CBS... At least those guys don't talk constantly and are sometimes funny.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLes M.
As I said yesterday, there's definitely a part of Poulters game that stands out. We are seeing a putting clinic today by the guy.

Gonna have to get one of these hoverounds.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
I reckon level par would win it.Poulter is in the driving seat now.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
If Poulter gets in at -1, I would think he won't need a playoff.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Where's Peter Alliss? Miss his cameo, maybe he's not up to it at 82 or whatever.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
Holy smokes, Poults! Good look to go -1...
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
The inability of Tiger Woods to adapt to slower greens is amazing. Has been his weakest link forever and costs him another one today
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
ESPN International feed online is THE way to go. No commercials and much better commentators. No rubbish...
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPHK
Agree, International feed is the way to go. Media maven, you will find Alliss there too.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpiegs
Poulter on fire...and then he over cooks one on 15. Great strike...into a terrible spot. Links golf is fun to watch!

Tiger needs to change it up a bit and let the shaft out....or SOMETHING.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Call me an idiot, but I just now discovered some of the features of the official Open website. What a fine piece of work! I've got one tab open to the "Course Live" view under the Leaderboard tab (gives a map of the course) and another to the Course Guide, which features beautiful visuals of each hole. Fun to see exactly how Poulter's 400-yard drive threaded the needle before finding the bunker on 15 ...
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
I'm going to call it and say whoever posts under par first...will be in a playoff.

Poulter with a HUGE par on 15...then misses the green on the next. He's in his element today.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
cz, if Poults ball is a yard left on 15 he is putting for eagle. Announcers missed it, that almost scooted past the bunker.
Nice Sunday morning "g-damn it, f" from Tiger. Classy.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat
@NoLonger: I know...that's what makes this style of golf so compelling to me. I bet as soon as he saw his ball in the bunker he wished he nailed a long iron or a fw wood of some sort.

3foot1: That IS a great feature. I forgot about it. I used it last year as well....old age.

Wow...Phil and Zach are bogey far. Zach might just knockdown another major. He's got a suitable ballflight for the conditions.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Sometimes I get the feeling players would be cheered by americans if they ran with machine guns down the fairway, but beware if they dare to curse....
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry Miller
I must admit, Tiger's cursing doesn't bother me a bit. He's been doing it for years - he ain't gonna change. At this point in time, I blame ESPN much more for having the microphone on Tiger live, and then being shocked, shocked that Tiger might drop an expletive if he hits a bad shot.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Is it me or do these guys have too much tension in their swings? Stenson, Tiger, Westwood, Poulter--they all look like they're chopping cordwood.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterhighside
@Rick: I agree with you. Words themselves are not offensive unless there is an intent to be offensive. Tiger is simply frustrated.

Perhaps if the PGAT would get their head out of their you-know-what and just posted/announced who was fined last week and for what...then the cursing might go away and give the TV producers a little less stress with the delay/cuss-word button. And Tiger would be leading yet another "money list"...comfortably.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Stevie is putting a smackdown on Joey today.

would love to be a fly on the wall in that grouping today.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Chico: Getting anxious? Scott's playing quite nicely during the last hour. Can he finish with a run of solid pars?
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
@highside: You got a point. Lee is looking tight on some full shots. Stenson...well he's a free swinger and reminds me of a jumpy racehorse.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
That Rinaldi piece on choking was absolutely ridiculous
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLes M.
jcz, good call on Zach. I honestly didn't figure he could hang with these guys, but he's holding up nicely.
Scott's approach to 11, yowza!
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
WTF is Phil??!! C'MON Beeb or whoever is in the main chair in the 'Gene!!!
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Wow. If Phil just pars 18 it should be his!
07.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Go catch your flight, Ian. Great effort.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
...they're showing Phil ALOT now. Great 4 on 17!!! Would've liked to see him give the eagle more of a run, but a 2 shot lead and posting -2 might be enough. Playoff -1....winning score -2...unless something crazy happens...which it might.
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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