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The Tour Report

July 20 2013

7:01 AM

Muirfield being stingy already

GULLANE, Scotland -- Once again sunshine has overtaken the skies on the coast of the Firth of Forth, and those with early tee times at The Open Championship on Saturday morning have a fighting chance of posting a good score.

What will transpire as the leaders get their third rounds under way is anyone's guess but it Muirfield plays true-to-form, expect brutal conditions in the afternoon and a scramble on the leaderboard.

With exactly half of the 84 surviving players on the golf course right now just nine are under par with Richard Sterne, who is 3 under through 17 holes, leading the way.

Shingo Katayama has just posted a 69 while Keegan Bradley, Todd Hamilton and Paul Lawrie are also 2 under through nine, 16 and 14 holes, respectively.

Lawrie, you might remember, famously made up 10 strokes on the final day at Carnoustie in 1999 and beat Jean van de Velde and Justin Leonard in a playoff. He's nine behind right now.

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