How it happened: Tiger fires even-par 70

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Tiger Woods struggled early, got it going in the middle of his round and then played solidly coming in to card an even-par 70 on Saturday at the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Woods will enter the final round in the penultimate group again, currently five shots off the lead of Adam Scott. He'll play with Brandt Snedeker on Sunday after Snedeker shot a 3-over 73 to fall back to 7 under for the tournament.

Tiger was a bit more up-and-down on Saturday with three bogeys and three birdies. He had only two bogeys in the first two days of the tournament.

See how it all unfolded on Saturday, including Scott's solid round to take the outright lead heading into Sunday:

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Update #12: 2:09 p.m. EDT

Holding a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell, Adam Scott plays the 18th hole surgically, finding the middle of the fairway off the tee and not challenging the back-hole location with his approach, instead leaving himself about 30 feet from under the hole for birdie. He two-putts from there to pick up a finishing par and a 2-under 68 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Brandt Snedeker nails a 30-footer for birdie to get back into a tie for second with McDowell.

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No. 18, Par 4, 413 yards

Tiger has played solidly today, but could use some of that 18th-hole magic he had on Friday to get into the clubhouse at 7 under.

Off the tee: With iron in hand again, Tiger takes it up the left side and it lands perfectly and he should have a nice angle into the back-right hole location.

Approach shot: Tiger hits a fantastic shot to about 15 feet left of the hole.

On the green: Facing a putt that dives right at the end, Tiger doesn't hit it hard enough and the ball cuts under the hole and he taps in for a par to cap an even-par round of 70.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 18 holes; 6 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott finds the right rough at the 17th hole and then sends his approach well right of the green and into a bunker, leaving him a near impossible shot over two other bunkers and has little green to work with. Yet, he pulls off the impossible, knocking it to about 18 inches and taps in for a par.

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No. 17, Par 4, 453 yards

Tiger will likely need to go birdie-birdie to get into Sunday's final pairing with Adam Scott, as Graeme McDowell is in the clubhouse at 7 under.

Off the tee: Tiger takes iron off the tee again and plays a low stinger, running it up the fairway on the left side. He'll have a blind shot into the green from that side.

Approach shot: From 198 yards, Tiger takes 6-iron from a divot in the fairway and puts it on the left side of the green, leaving himself about 35 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger's lengthy birdie try comes up about 4 feet short, and knocks that in for par to stay five back of Adam Scott.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 17 holes; 6 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott takes iron off the tee at No. 16 and splits the fairway. His second shot hits the green and he'll have about 20 feet for birdie. He two-putts for another par to stay at 11 under, four clear of McDowell. Snedeker birdies, but has fallen back to 6 under.

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No. 16, Par 4, 336 yards

Tiger falls back into third place after Graeme McDowell birdies No. 17 to get to 7 under.

Off the tee: Instead of taking a chance, Tiger takes iron again and puts it on the left side of the fairway, but will be able to use 9-iron into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger needs to knock one of these close, and hits a nice shot to about 15 feet under the hole for birdie.

On the green: A bad read by Tiger on this one, with the putt never really finding any line and he two-putts for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 16 holes; 6 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott finds the rough at the 15th hole, but is able to get out of it nicely and lands on the green, giving himself about 20 feet for birdie. He two-putts for a par to stay at 11 under.

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No. 15, Par 4, 462 yards

With four holes to go, Tiger could use a birdie to move a shot closer to Adam Scott, who is cooling off slightly, but still has a four-shot lead.

Off the tee: With another 2-iron in hand, Tiger rips it up the left side of the fairway and it runs just off into the rough, but leaves himself more than 230 yards into the green.

Approach shot: With 4-iron, Tiger has a thin lie in the left rough and takes a big whack at it, coming up just short of the green. It should be an easy chip to the back-right hole location.

Around the green: Tiger chooses to putt it from off the green, leaving it about 5 feet short.

On the green: And he misses another putt to the left, picking up his third bogey of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 15 holes; 6 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott splits the fairway again at No. 14, but his approach comes up short of the hole and roles back off the green. He two-putts for a par to stay at 11 under.

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No. 14, Par 4, 444 yards

While par is a good score on a Saturday at a major, that par at the 13th will sting a bit considering it is a definitive birdie hole for the entire field.

Off the tee: With another 2-iron, Tiger rips another drive down the middle of the fairway and it runs forever, giving him a nice look at the green with his second shot.

Approach shot: Tiger hits a nice second shot into the green, landing it under the hole and he'll have about 15 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger hits a very nice putt, but doesn't see the little push to the right at the end and he taps in for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 14 holes; 7 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott hits the middle of the fairway off the tee at the 13th, but sends his approach a bit left of the green, but will still be able to putt. Scott misses the birdie attempt to the left of the hole and runs it about 3 feet past. He misses that for his first bogey of the day and falls to 11 under.

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No. 13, Par 4, 355 yards

This hole is driveable, but will Tiger take that chance?

Off the tee: No he won't, again choosing to take iron off the tee and slaps it up the left side of the fairway, giving his club a nice twirl.

Approach shot: Tiger will not be happy with this one, especially from only about 115 yards out. It tracks toward the hole, but checks and rolls back off the green.

Around the green: Tiger finds the perfect line on this one, but it needed about 6 inches more power and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 13 holes; 7 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott, now holding a five-shot lead over Tiger, barely hits the green at the 12th, but two-putts from long distance for another par. He has no bogeys on his card on Saturday.

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No. 12, Par 3, 198 yards

Adam Scott is starting to run away a bit, so Tiger will need to pick up a couple of birdies over his final seven holes to stay within reasonable striking distance.

Off the tee: With the hole tucked in the back right, Tiger decides to challenge it, taking 6-iron and hitting right over a bunker and running it all the way through the green and off the back.

Around the green: Tiger chips it just past the hole, settling about three feet past.

On the green: Tiger knocks in the little left-to-righter for a par and stays at 7 under, now alone in second place.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 12 holes; 7 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott splits the fairway off the tee and then pummels his second shot, which hits the front of the green and rolls just past the hole and settles about 20 feet past. He'll have that for eagle. Snedeker went way left off the tee, pitched back out onto the fairway and hit the green with his third and will have about 25 feet for birdie. Scott two-putts for a birdie and moves to 12 under, five clear of Tiger. Snedeker three-putts for bogey and falls back to 6 under.

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No. 11, Par 5, 598 yards

Will he or won't he? Tiger pulled driver at the last par 5, but will he do it again?

Off the tee: No, he won't. He takes iron off the tee and pummels it up the right side of the fairway, but will not be able to go after the green in two.

Second shot: Tiger has to lay up and he releases his right hand at impact like he doesn't like it, but it finds the right side of the fairway and has an open look at the green from 160 yards.

Approach shot: Tiger takes it right over the flag and it runs just off, where he'll be able to putt for birdie.

Around the green: Tiger chooses to chip it and runs it past on the right, settling about 3 feet away.

On the green: Tiger nails the putt for a solid par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 11 holes; 7 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Adam Scott makes a big mistake off the 10th tee, sending his ball into a fairway bunker. Snedeker splits the fairway. Scott simply has to blast out of the bunker and will take his third shot from well back in the fairway. Scott's wedge shot from about 95 yards goes about 20 feet past the hole, which he'll have to save par. And he drains it by one last revolution to stay at 11 under.

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No. 10, Par 4, 387 yards

That was a much-needed birdie heading into the back nine, now siting four back of Adam Scott, who just birdied No. 8.

Off the tee: Tiger rips a 3-wood off the tee, just finding the rough on the left, but should have a nice lie to get at the green with a wedge.

Approach shot: Tiger has a blind shot and just plays it high into the air, landing hole-high and about 25 feet to the right.

On the green: Tiger nearly holes another one, with the putt touching the right side of the cup and he taps in for par. He now has a share of second place, but is four shots back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 10 holes; 7 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Now holding a three-shot lead, Scott can play the par-3 9th a bit more conservatively and he takes his tee ball about 25 past the hole and to the left. He two-putts for par to stay at 11 under. Snedeker finds the bunker off the tee, pitches out just off the green and two-putts for bogey, dropping to 7 under.

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No. 9, Par 3, 165 yards

If Tiger can manage a birdie at the 9th and make the turn in red for the day, it could send Tiger into the back nine with a lot of confidence to take some chances.

Off the tee: Tiger takes direct aim at the front-right hole location, landing it just past and it spins back to about 6 feet left of the hole.

On the green: Tiger drains the putt to make the turn at 1-under 33 and moves to 7 under, four off Adam Scott's lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 9 holes; 7 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Both players find the fairway again at No. 8, and Scott hits the green while Snedeker doesn't. Adam Scott drains his 25-footer for birdie to move to 11 under. Snedeker two-putts for a bogey, his third in four holes. He falls back to 8 under.

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No. 8, Par 4, 416 yards

Those back-to-back birdies have put Tiger firmly back in contention, now only three shots back of Adam Scott.

Off the tee: Back to the game plan, splitting the fairway with an iron and giving himself a nice look at the green with his second shot.

Approach shot: With 7-iron in hand, Tiger puts it hole-high and to the about 15 feet right of the hole.

On the green: Tiger two-putts for a par, ending his birdie streak.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 8 holes; 6 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Both players put their tee balls in the middle of the fairway. Snedeker goes for the green in two and comes up just short of a greenside bunker, while Scott puts his second shot hole-high and about 30 feet to the right of cup. Snedeker plays a nice chip to about 3 feet and makes the birdie putt, while Scott misses the eagle putt to the right, but makes the 2-foot comebacker to retain his one-shot lead at 10 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson birdies No. 18 to card a 4-under 66 and get into the clubhouse at 5 under.

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No. 7, Par 5, 592 yards

That birdie could get Tiger going, especially knowing the field has struggled on the 6th hole and he is 3 under on the former par 5 for the week.

Off the tee: And here is the change in the game plan as Tiger takes driver off the tee and blasts is about 325 yards down the left side of the fairway and he should be able to attack the green with his second shot.

Second shot: With around 270 yards left to the green, Tiger takes 4-iron and runs it right past the flag, rolling just off the green and he'll have a 25-foot chip for eagle.

Around the green: Tiger plays a beautiful chip that comes to rest about three inches from the cup and taps that in for a second-straight birdie, now just three shots off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 7 holes; 6 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Both players miss the fairway left at the 6th hole, with Snedeker finding the longer rough. Snedeker's approach finds a greenside bunker and he has to play his third shot backward. He chips to about three feet and makes that for a second consecutive bogey. Meanwhile, Scott puts his approach on the green to about 20 feet. Scott misses the birdie attempt right and taps in for par, but now owns a one-shot lead.

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No. 6, Par 4, 492 yards

That was a nice par save for Tiger and he looks comfortable coming out of the bunkers at Lytham. He moves to the 6th hole, which he has birdied the first two days, despite it playing as the course's toughest hole.

Off the tee: Tiger sends his tee ball to the left and gets a good kick out of the long rough and into the short rough, but misses his first fairway of the day. He missed one in each of the first two rounds.

Approach shot: From more than 230 yards, Tiger hammers a 5-iron and knocks it on the green, but leaves himself about 45 feet into the hole.

On the green: And Tiger drains the birdie putt from long distance. That is three-straight days with a birdie at No. 6. He moves back into a tie for third.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (thru 6 holes; 5 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Snedeker misses the green, but is in good position, while Scott hits the green, but has more than 20 feet for birdie at No. 5. Snedeker putts from off the green and sends it about 3 feet past. He pushes that putt right to fall back to 9 under and ends his bogey-free streak at 40 holes. Scott leaves his birdie putt out to the right and taps in for a fifth-straight par, but is now tied for the lead.

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No. 5, Par 3, 219 yards

Now trailing the leaders by six shots, will we see Tiger switch up his game plan to start taking more chances? With Scott and Snedeker playing solid, they don't look like they'll be coming back to the field.

Off the tee: With 6-iron, Tiger misses the green to the right and into a bunker and does not look pleased.

Around the green: Tiger nearly holes out another bunker shot, hitting the hole and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (thru 5 holes; 4 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Both players hit the fairway with iron, laying back at the short par-4 4th. Both players put their balls safely on the green, with Scott about 25 feet away and Snedeker rough 30 feet out. Snedeker two-putts again for par, as does Scott. Snedeker's bogey-free streak runs to 40 holes.

Elsewhere on the course: Ernie Els moves to 5 under with a birdie at No. 7. He is tied with Zach Johnson in third place.

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No. 4, Par 4, 392 yards

Tiger didn't have a bogey on the front nine over the first two days and now has two through three holes on Saturday. Not ideal timing to say the least. This is eerily reminiscent of his start in the third round at the U.S. Open, where he bogeyed four of his first eight holes at Olympic Club.

Off the tee: With iron off the tee, Tiger laces it up the left side of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger uses one club too many, sending it right over the flag and it settles about 20 feet past the hole, leaving a tough birdie attempt.

On the green: Tiger needs one of these to fall to stop the early bleeding here, but this one doesn't fall and it settles about 2 feet past, which he knocks in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (thru 4 holes; 4 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Both players take iron off the tee at No. 3 and find the fairway. Scott misses the green to the right, but hits a nice chip to about 8 feet to try and save par. He does so to stay at 9 under. Snedeker hits the green in regulation and two-putts for par. He has gone 39 holes without a bogey at Royal Lytham.

Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson picks up his fifth birdie of the day and is now 5 under, tied with Thorbjorn Olesen in third place. Mark Calcavecchia and Matt Kuchar both pick up birdies to get to 4 under.

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No. 3, Par 4, 478 yards

While it has only been two holes, Thorbjorn Olesen is handling himself well playing with Tiger, going par-par to start.

Off the tee: Tiger takes iron - sticking to his game plan - and hammers it up the left side of the fairway, running quite a ways at the longer par 4.

Approach shot: From about 230 yards, Tiger leaves his second shot short of the green and will have to get up-and-down for par.

Around the green: Tiger chooses to putt from off the green and runs it about 8 feet past, and will have a tricky left-to-right putt for par.

On the green: And he misses another one, leaving it left and he picks up another bogey to fall back into a tie for fourth.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (thru 3 holes; 4 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: After both players split the fairway at No. 2, Snedeker hits the green and leaves himself about 30 feet for birdie. Immediately following, Scott puts his approach to about 10 feet for birdie. Scott misses his birdie attempt and picks up par, while Snedeker also two-putts for par.

Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson has moved to 4 under behind a fourth birdie of the day.

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No. 2, Par 4, 481 yards

That was a poor way to start the round, simply reading too much break into a fairly straightforward putt from above the hole.

Off the tee: With 3-wood in hand, Tiger hammers it up the right side of the fairway, watching it for awhile and then just calmly bending down to pick up his tee.

Approach shot: Tiger lofts his approach high into the air and has perfect distance, but it stays right and will have about 35 feet for birdie.

On the green: Hitting up the slope, Tiger gives it a nice run, but comes up about five inches short on the left and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (thru 2 holes; 5 under for tournament)

Snedeker-Scott group: Scott misses the green right and into a bunker on No. 1, while Snedeker hits the green and leaves himself 30 feet for birdie. Scott hits an amazing shot out of the bunker despite an impossible stance and nails his par putt for an improbable save. Snedeker two-putts for par.

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson double-bogeys the 15th hole to fall back to 2 under.

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No. 1, Par 3, 205 yards

Wearing a white polo under a grey vest and lighter grey slacks, Tiger will try to use "moving day" as a chance to put some pressure on the leaders. It will be interesting to see if Tiger adjusts his game plan if Snedeker or Scott pick up a couple of early birdies, as Tiger cannot afford to get behind any further.

Off the tee: With a slight breeze behind him, Tiger gives his tee ball a bit too much muscle and it rolls off the back of the green, where he'll have about 50 feet back across the green for birdie.

Around the green: Tiger chooses to chip it from the back and plays it slightly conservatively, leaving himself about 5 feet for par.

On the green: And Tiger misses the putt, leaving it left and he starts the day with a bogey. Not the start he had envisioned.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (thru 1 hole; 5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson pays for a poor drive on No. 14, picking up a bogey to fall back to 4 under. Meanwhile, Luke Donald made a birdie at No. 3 to move to 3 under. Matt Kuchar falls back to 3 under after a bogey at No. 1, where he missed a 3-footer for par.

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Update #11: 9:57 a.m. EDT

Did we mention that Bubba Watson's putter is on fire right now? The Masters champ rolls in another birdie putt at the 13th hole to move to 5 under (on the day and for the tournament). Dare we start talking about Watson breaking the course record? Shooting 62?

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Update #10: 9:47 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson is getting hot with his putter, rolling in a lengthy birdie at the 12th hole to move to 4 under, now just six shots off the pace.

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Update #9: 9:39 a.m. EDT

Anirban Lahiri, one of two Indians to make the cut this week (Jeev Milkha Singh is the other), aced the par-3 9th hole and is now 1 under for the tournament.

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Update #8: 9:30 a.m. EDT

Jason Dufner has a little less than an hour until his tee time and he'll be walking today's 18 holes with a new caddie, as normal looper Kevin Baile is too sick to be at the course today. He'll be replaced by Sergio Garcia's caddie, Gary Matthews.

Meanwhile, Mark Calcavecchia has moved to 3 under after a birdie at No. 3. He has two birdies in his opening three holes.

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Update #7: 9:15 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy managed to keep it together coming down the stretch and carded a 3-over 73, falling to 5 over for the tournament and currently 15 shots off the lead.

Meanwhile, Bubba Watson is heating up a bit, picking up a birdie at No. 10 to move to 3 under for the tournament.

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Update #6: 8:58 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson (birdie at No. 8), Mark Calcavecchia (birdie at No. 1) and Kyle Stanley (birdie at No. 2) have all moved to 2 under for the tournament, with Calcavecchia coming close to an ace at No. 1.

Off the 22 rounds complete on Saturday, only six have beat par, with Keegan Bradley and Vijay Singh leading the way with 68s.

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Update #5: 8:41 a.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley and Vijay Singh have carded the rounds of the day thus far, polishing off a 2-under 68s. Bradley is now 1 over for the tournament, while Singh is even par.

Bubba Watson has two birdies and a bogey thru seven holes to get to 1 under for the tournament, while Zach Johnson dropped back to even par after a bogey at No. 2.

Nobody on the course is closer than nine shots out of the lead.

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Update #4: 7:36 a.m. EDT

It isn't getting any better for Rory McIlroy, posting another bogey at No. 8 and is 3 over or the day and 5 over for the tournament.

Of the seven rounds that have been completed, only Joost Luiten carded a round in red numbers (1-under 69). Rickie Fowler was hot early with three birdies in the opening seven holes, but posted an even-par 70 to stay at 3 over for the tournament.

Bubba Watson is now on the course and is 1 under thru two holes, getting back into the red for the tournament.

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Update #3: 6:28 a.m. EDT

A day after a dismal back nine that saw Rory McIlroy fall out of contention and fight just to make the cut, the Northern Irishman has started in less-than-stellar fashion on Saturday, picking up bogeys at Nos. 4-5 to fall back to 4 over for the tournament.

While John Daly will be happy that he made it to the weekend, he won't be thrilled by his round on Saturday, with the flamboyant bomber sitting at 7 over for the day thru 16 holes. Tom Watson hasn't been much better, posting three double-bogeys in his third round and is 6 over for the day and 9 over for the tournament.

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Hole locations for the third round of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Update #2: 5:57 a.m. EDT

After getting back to even par, Rickie Fowler has dropped a shot to fall back to 1 over, where he is joined by defending PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley. Both players are 2 under on their respective rounds.

Also, take a look at the Round 3 pin locations to the right, and you'll see a lot of tucked pins that could make for some tough scoring conditions. Although, if the weather stays dry and warm, players should be able to attack pins like they have on Thursday and Friday.

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Update #1: 5:23 a.m. EDT

For most of Friday, Rickie Fowler didn't know if he'd be playing the weekend at Royal Lytham. After some last-second faltering by those finishing up on Friday afternoon, those at 3 over or better got in. And now Fowler is taking full advantage.

The Oklahoma State product is 3 under on his round thru 7 holes on Saturday, picking up birdies at Nos. 2, 5 and 7. He gets back to even and in a tie for 28th.

The only other player under par on his round on Saturday is Sang-Moon Bae, who is 1 under thru 7 holes.

The weather is clear, sunny and warm - well as warm as English summers get. Forecasters had called for a calm Saturday, with the potential of 25 to 30 mph winds on Sunday.

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Tournament coverage: Friday

Iron-man: With iron after iron, Tiger Woods dissected Royal Lytham on Friday to the tune of a second consecutive 3-under 67. Whether his game plan of bunting his way around will work is yet to be seen. Story.

Weekend warrior: With an unlikely birdie at 18, Tom Watson satisfied his competitive side with a made cut at the Open. Story.

Day at the beach: Rule No. 1 about links golf? Don't go in the bunkers. On Friday at Royal Lytham, an extra hazard made accuracy even more important: Water filling those very bunkers. Story.

Rough day: Rory McIlroy will be playing the weekend at the Open Championship, but his 5-over 75 Friday wasn't inspiring. Phil Mickelson will be heading back home after an 8-over 78. What happened? Story.

Golden opportunity: Brandt Snedeker has yet to pick up a bogey at the 141st Open Championship, allowing himself to move to 10 under and build a commanding lead at Royal Lytham. Story.

All eyes on him: Adam Scott should have won a major by now, right? Forget the past, as the present state of his game could lead him to the Open Championship come Sunday. Story.

Notebook: Thorbjorn Olesen has blistered Royal Lytham's par 3s to the tune of 6 under. His reward? A Saturday pairing with the one-and-only Tiger Woods, who Olesen calls his "idol." Notes.

Tiger Tracker: Coming off a solid 3-under 67, Tiger Woods tees off in the afternoon on Friday at the Open Championship, giving him a chance to survey what the course will challenge him with. Follow shot-by-shot!

Looking back: With the second round underway at the Open Championship, take a look back at some interesting tidbits from Round 1, including Miguel Angel Jimenez winning the battle of ponytails. Story.

Plans for the weekend? Americans Ted Potter Jr., Troy Kelly and Justin Hicks all gave themselves a chance at Royal Lytham. Story.

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Tournament coverage: Thursday

Looney Lytham: From Rory McIlroy plunking a kid on the head - and the ball ricocheting out-of-bounds - to putters in a bunker, Royal Lytham offered plenty of odd moments on Thursday. Story.

Searching for Lefty: Anyone seen Phil Mickelson? He sprayed the ball all over Royal Lytham on Thursday, reverting to the days when the Open Championship simply was not his cup of tea. Story.

That's all you got? The world’s elite turned up for the 141st Open Championship expecting Royal Lytham & St. Annes to play like a lion and found a pussycat. Story.

Great Scott! Adam Scott brought in a different mindset on Thursday morning: Play the first hole like it is the 72nd hole of a tournament. After a 6-under 64 at Royal Lytham, looks like it might work out. Story.

Deja vu? Tiger Woods teased the world last month at the U.S. Open. Is his solid 3-under 67 on Thursday a sign that he is really back? Even Tiger says there is "a long way to go" at Royal Lytham. Story.

Notebook: Rory McIlroy was able to recover from one big mistake with a pair of birdies, while Luke Donald and Lee Westwood will have plenty of work to do on Friday. Notes.

Staying hot: Fresh off a PGA Tour win, Zach Johnson shot a 65 Thursday at the Open Championship, his best score in a major by three shots. If he sticks to his game plan, he could be looking at a second major title on Sunday. Story.

Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fired a 3-under 67 to sit three shots back of leader Adam Scott, hitting fairways and greens like a machine, with his putter hot early and suspect late. See how his round unfolded.

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