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July 17 2010

9:33 PM

Inside the numbers: Round 3

· Louis Oosthuizen leads the British Open after making 19 birdies. It is the first time in the last three British Opens played at St. Andrews (1995, 2000 and 2005) that a player has made that many through the first three rounds. In the last 15 years at the British Open, only three players have made 19 or more through three rounds: Chris DiMarco and Hideto Tanihara in 2006 and Tom Lehman in 1996.

· Paul Casey has completely dominated the front nine at St. Andrews. Casey shot front nine scores of 34, 31 and 31, a combined 12 under. No one has played the front nine as well as Casey in the last three British Opens and no player has been 12 under on the front nine at St. Andrews through four rounds, either.

· Tiger Woods finds himself 3 under despite his nine bogeys through three rounds. It is only the fourth time in his career at a major tournament that Tiger has played nine or more holes over par and was 3 under or better through three rounds. The other three majors were the 2010 Masters, 2008 U.S. Open and 2004 PGA Championship.

· Henrik Stenson got himself back into contention with an impressive 32 on the front nine. That ties the lowest score on either the front or back relative to par for Stenson on the PGA TOUR. His last 4-under stretch of nine holes came at the 2009 PLAYERS Championship on the front nine in the final round. Stenson went on to win the tournament.

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