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July 20 2013

7:36 PM

The Open: Round 3 notes

By Elias Sports Bureau

-- Lee Westwood will have a two-shot lead heading into the final day of The Open Championship. Westwood has only once before had the lead heading into the final round of play in his 61 previous major tournaments. He was unable to hang on to a one-shot advantage over Phil Mickelson in the 2010 Masters Tournament. Mickelson birdied the final hole for the win.

-- Tiger Woods is tied for second place, two strokes behind Westwood, heading into the final round of The Open Championship. None of the Woods’ 14 major victories have come without at least a share of first place after 54 holes. He has, however, won 22 times when trailing after three rounds in other official PGA TOUR events, the last coming at the 2012 AT&T National.

-- Despite standing only two strokes behind Westwood, Woods had a very mediocre third round at The Open Championship. Woods shot a 1-over 71, with only two birdies. The last time he had two or fewer birdies in a round at an Open Championship was in 2007, where he shot a 3-over- 74, finishing tied for 12th place.

-- Players have had a difficult time on Muirfield through the first three days of The Open Championship, as only three currently sport scores under par. The last time that fewer players were under par after three rounds of play at this tournament was in 1999, where the best score was an even-par by Jean Van De Velde. Van De Velde ended up blowing a three-stroke lead heading on to the final hole and lost in a playoff to Paul Lawrie.

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