A look back at Saturday's third round of the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews:
Not so surprising
You might not know Louis Oosthuizen. But he would be far from the tournament’s most unlikely champion. American winners Todd Hamilton (2004), Ben Curtis (2003) and John Daly (1995) were considered much longer shots. Curtis was ranked No. 396 and had never played in a major or finished in the top-10 in a PGA event. Oosthuizen has emerged on the European Tour and at No. 54 is ranked ahead of such names as J.B. Holmes, Ricky Barnes, David Toms, Davis Love and Vijay Singh.
ESPN’s Paul Azinger said it best: “Road Rage.” He was speaking of the infamous Road Hole, St. Andrews’ brutal 17th, which has produced more “others” (triple bogeys or worse) than all the rest of the holes on the Old Course combined. In fact, there have been more “others” (14) than birdies (13) at the par 4, which was lengthened from 455 yards to 495. Miguel Angel Jimenez got a standing ovation when he ricocheted a shot off a stone wall and onto the narrow green on his way to a double bogey.
A major first
It’s almost certain there will be a first-time major champion. Retief Goosen, who trails by 10 strokes, is the only major winner among the top 17 on the leader board. Many contenders have had top-10 finishes in majors, including Lee Westwood (nine), Paul Casey (four), Henrik Stenson (four of the last eight) and Martin Kaymer (two of the last three).