The Open 2022: final round updates from St Andrews – live! | the Open

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Tony Finau is kind of a golf thoroughbred – 10 top 10s in the majors – but his assignment came late this week. The easily swinging American is six under for the day after 16 holes and has moved up to tie for 12th. He failed to break 70 in each of his first three rounds. As I write this, he is playing out of the Road Bunker at age 17. Oh dear, I cursed him.

One player has now crept into the top 10 and it’s an unlikely name: Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana, who secured his Open ticket by winning the SMBC Singapore Open. The 23-year-old is five under for the day (eagle at 5) and nine under overall, good enough for a tie for eighth.

A reminder of when the last six groups go out. Not for long!

14.00 hours Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay
2.10 pm Matt Fitzpatrick, Adam Scott
2:20 p.m. Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood
2.30 pm Si Woo Kim, Scottie Scheffler
2:40 pm Cameron Young, Cameron Smith
2.50 pm Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland

Matt C takes in the action backstage.

Rory McIlroy’s mom and dad just walked into the property. A casual walk along the first. Past all the eateries and the Open Arms, through the packed crowds. Don’t think anyone recognized them!

Calm before the storm for leaders. Jordan Spieth flexes his muscles, DJ thinks he’s at a Sex Pistols gig, Adam Scott sharpens his shirt game (and his short game), Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood the crowd favorites, Rory the word on everyone’s lips.

Excellent birdie birdie birdie start by Xander Schauffle today. Last week’s Scottish Open winner hasn’t had the week he wanted, but looks set to finish in style. A contrast to Jon Rahm who looks ready to explode after a bogey on 3 and a double bogey on 4 when he had a wedge in hand for his second. The Spaniard drops to joint 68th place.

Local Scot Robert MacIntyre is currently giving the galleries enough to cheer. The southpaw bagged two eagles today – in 5th and 7th – and is -6 overall and tied for 26th when he tees off at 13. Shame about that annoying double bogey at 1st today.

Barclay Brown went today with the Stone Roses Spike Island bucket hat instead of the It Ain’t Half Hot Mum number with wider brims from the first three days. But despite a birdie at 18, his bid to win the leading amateur silver medal went south after a run of bogey, bogey, bogey, bogey, double bogey from 13 to 17. That closing 75 left him at +2, one. extra swing than the +1 from Aussie Aaron Jarvis. It means that Italian Filippo Celli is on pole position in the amateur race: he is 3 after 7 holes and thus has a four shot cushion.

Matt caught up with blog favorite BB when he ran away from 18. Barclay’s name? He has no idea why his name is Barclay, except that his father is Scottish. Despite our bullshit that his name suggested he was playing alongside Terry-Thomas, Brown has no acting background and quickly gave up drama in school. But he enjoys studying economics at Stanford [Tiger’s old uni) and will see out his four years there. No Silver Medal but he had a chuckle that he’d become a cult figure this week.

Love Spreads for Barclay Brown.
Love Spreads for Barclay Brown. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Like many at St Andrews, DP World Tour pro Matthew Southgate went berserk when commentating on Rory holing his bunker shot at the 10th for eagle yesterday. “It sounded like the stand was coming down. It was like Wembley,” Southgate said this morning.

Matt Cooper is live at St Andrews and has been regaling us with a few tales from the Auld Grey Toon.

A disappointing Open for Celeb-spotting – perhaps even they can’t get in via the ballot. Actress Kathryn Newton has been here, there and everywhere as an R&A Ambassador (I can even happily report she was nice enough to record a wonderful message for my board-treading niece). Elsewhere, Niall Horan was seen in the R&A World Golf Museum, while Tim Henman, Andrew Murray and Gavin Hastings have been tasting whisky in the tented village. There’s a rumour that Robbie Williams showed up in town. I’ve seen Kirsty Wark from Panorama, but I’m not entirely sure if she counts as a celebrity. All in all, nothing on the scale of the past, when heavyweight whispers of George Clooney, Tom Cruise and even P-Diddy were common.

And another one…

Fancy a front row seat for today? The Rusacks Hotel, which overlooks the 1st and 18th holes, has been renovated recently, with the NFL-playing Manning brothers part of the group that undertook the project. A seat on the roof this afternoon is said to be costing £3,000 per person.

Can anyone beat the Smith/Burns low round of 64? Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion and winner of the 2021 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, thinks so. “Greens a touch softer, not much wind. There’s a low score out there. A good chance for the leading two to stretch away from the pack,” said Willett after closing with a 3-under 69 to finish at -4.

At this stage yesterday, Kevin Kisner was threatening to shoot something ridiculous. He eventually signed for a 65. Nobody has burst out the traps like Kisner today – he was -7 after 10 – but Sam Burns, the world No 11, enjoyed a red-hot finish to shoot 64 and match Cameron Smith’s low round of the week. Burns closed with four straight birdies, a cautionary tale for anyone thinking this is over if someone has a big lead walking to the 15th tee. That eight under round has lifted Burns 56 spots to tied 21st.

Ahhh, lovely. Hang on a sec, just got something in my eye. ‘Music Box Dancer’ as many of you will know was the theme music to ‘Around With Alliss’. Talking of the great man, here’s Peter’s commentary on one of golf’s iconic moments. The little chuckle after the ball topples in is perfect. Pure Peter. Imagine if Rory has a four-shot lead putting on the final hole and pays homage to the Seve celebration. I’m getting ahead of myself!

We did the BBC’s Open golf theme music on the first day, so let Frank Mills play us for today’s final round with another classic. Take it away, big guy…

Frank Mills

Preamble

Is this the day? Is this the day Rory McIlroy ends his eight-year wait for a fifth major by joining the pantheon of greats who have won an Open Championship at St Andrews? The biggest threat to McIlroy’s attempt to join Jack, Seve, Sir Nick and Tiger is the role of partner Viktor Hovland. The two traded gorgeous 66s yesterday when they were together, and those six under laps pulled them four away from stuttering leader Cameron Smith and American rookie Cameron Young. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler lurks five back next to Si Woo Kim, but when McIlroy and Hovland start making birdies, the chasing pack may be too far adrift to catch them. A hugely important day in the Open’s 150-year history awaits. Thank you for participating in today’s final round: always one of the great days in sport.

The leaderboard enters round four

-16: McIlroy, Hovland
-12: Young, Smith
-11: SW Kim, Scheffler
-10: D Johnson
-9: Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick, Scott
-8: Spieth, Cantlay

The tee times: all BST, (a) stands for amateur

7.20 am Sam Bairstow (a)
7.30 am Wyndham Clark, Jamie Rutherford
7.40 am David Law, Hideki Matsuyama
7.50 am Sungjae Im, Sam Burns
8.00 am Adria Arnaus, Garrick Higgo
8.10 am Laurie Canter, Patrick Reed
8.25 am Joaquin Nieman, Cameron Tringale
8.35 am Jordan Smith, Aaron Jarvis (a)
8.45 am Danny Willett, Barclay Brown (a)
8.55 am Robert Dinwiddie, Sebastian Munoz
9.05 am Yuto Katsuragawa, Lars Van Meijel
9.15 am Jason Kokrak, Kurt Kitayama
9:30 am Marcus Amritage, Justin Thomas
9.40 am Jason Scrivener, Paul Casey
9.50 am Tony Finau, Justin DeLos Santos
10:00 a.m. Thriston Lawrence, Thomas Detry
10.10 am Corey Conners, Sergio Garcia
10.20 am Adrian Meronk, John Parry
10.40 am Robert MacIntyre, Talor Gooch
10.50 am Sadom Kaewkanjana, Abraham Ancer
11 a.m. David Carey, Lee Westwood
11.10 am Harold Varner III, Joo-Hyung Kim
11.20 am Brad Kennedy, Filippo Celli (a)
11:30 a.m. Billy Horschel, Chris Kirkoz
11.45 am Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Richard Mansell
11.55 am Sahith Theegala, Min Woo Lee
12.05 pm Xander Schauffele, Lucas Herbert
12.15 pm Victor Perez, Jon Rahm
12.25 pm Will Zalatoris, Nicolai Hojgaard
12.35 pm Anthony Quayle, Ian Poulter
12.55 pm Aaron Wise, Dean Burmester
13:05 Russell Henley, Dyland Frittelli
1.15 pm Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau
1.25 pm Tyrrell Hatton, Trey Mullinax
1.35 pm Brian Harman, Shane Lowry
1.45 pm Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters
14.00 hours Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay
2.10 pm Matt Fitzpatrick, Adam Scott
2:20 p.m. Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood
2.30 pm Si Woo Kim, Scottie Scheffler
2:40 pm Cameron Young, Cameron Smith
2.50 pm Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland

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