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July 20 2013

2:00 PM

O'Meara, Lehman slip down leaderboard

Lehman is looking for his third top 25 in the last four years at the Open. (Lewis/Getty Images)

Mark O'Meara's round started promising enough on Saturday at Muirfield.

How it ended was another story.

The 1998 Open champion birdied the first hole in the third round only to follow with seven bogeys over his next 17 holes en route to a 77 that leaves him 9 over and tied for 51st.

His playing partner -- 1996 winner Tom Lehman -- didn't fare much better.

Lehman bogeyed four of his first six holes Saturday and went on to shoot 75. He's 7 over through three rounds and tied for 34th.

Still, the two 50-somethings are looking at their best finish in the Open in years.

O'Meara didn't even play in the Open last year, and he missed the cut in three of the previous four years before that. He hasn't finished in the top 50 there since a tie for 30th in 2004.

Lehman, meanwhile, missed the cut last year. In two of the previous three years, however, he finished in the top 25 with a tie for 14th in 2010 his best finish in the last dozen years.

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