British Open live blog: Jordan Spieth shoots 65 to take 3-shot lead into Sunday

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British Open live blog: Jordan Spieth shoots 65 to take 3-shot lead into Sunday

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British Open live blog: Jordan Spieth shoots 65 to take 3-shot lead into Sunday

The world’s oldest major golf championship moved into its critical phase Saturday at Royal Birkdale: Moving Day. Jordan Spieth shot 65 to up his lead to three.

We tracked all third-round highlights all day in Southport, England. Follow along with what you may have missed:

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UPDATE NO. 39 (3:05 p.m. ET): Here’s your recap for the day! Spieth still in charge!

UPDATE NO. 38 (2:49 p.m. ET): Spieth sinks a birdie on 18 to close Round 3 with a 65 and a 3-shot lead over Kuchar. Sunday is going to be epic.

UPDATE NO. 37 (2:28 p.m. ET): Austin Connelly! The 20-year-old buries birdie putts at 17 and 18 to shoot 66, and he’s in at 5 under and solo fourth. What a finish and tournament so far for this emerging young talent!

UPDATE NO. 36 (2:18 p.m. ET): Kuchar double bogeys the 16th, and now Spieth is three ahead at 10 under.

UPDATE NO. 35 (2:03 p.m. ET): Kuchar birdies 15, but so does Spieth. That’s 10 under for Spieth and he remains one clear. Kuchar back to four ahead of third, as Koepka reached 5 under with birdie at 15.

UPDATE NO. 34 (1:48 p.m. ET): Kuch!!!! He drains a 20-footer for birdie at the 14th and that moves him to 8 under and within one of Spieth. Kuchar is four clear of second. Again, starting to get shades of Stenson-Mickelson from last year here.

UPDATE NO. 33 (1:35 p.m. ET): Spieth and Kuchar holding steady. Still 9 and 7 under. Next best is 4 under. This is starting to feel a little like last year with Stenson and Mickelson. Five holes left in the round, we’ll see where this goes.

Hideki Matsuyama shoots 4-under 66 to reach 4 under and a tie for third. That’s a dangerous spot for him, Matsuyama had a stellar final round at the U.S. Open and for a second it seemed like he might post an incredible comeback there. So don’t count him out!

UPDATE NO. 32 (1:17 p.m. ET): Bad weather has been looming for some time and now it’s really starting to come in. We could be in for a delay at some point this afternoon.

UPDATE NO. 31 (1:12 p.m. ET): Spieth and Kuchar both par No. 11. That leaves both of them still 9 under and 7 under, respectively. Here’s the full top 10 leaderboard.

UPDATE NO. 30 (12:47 p.m. ET): Henrik Stenson shoots 65 and that moves him to 3 under. He’s six back at the moment. He’s not out of this!

UPDATE NO. 29 (12:40 p.m. ET): Spieth airmails the green at the ninth, but he chips up to 5 feet and curls in the putt. That’s a par and a bogey-free 3-under 31. He’s 9 under and two ahead.

UPDATE NO. 28 (12:35 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy has finally found his early tournament form again, and that’s not a good thing as he was 5 over through six in Round 1. Anyway, McIlroy birdied No. 9 but then drove into a fairway bunker at the 10th and made double bogey. He’s now 1 under and eight back.

UPDATE NO. 27 (12:27 p.m. ET):  Oh man, Spieth looks unstoppable. Kuchar birdies No. 8 to move to 7 under (3 under for the day). He rolled in that 12-footer, and Spieth knocks in an 8-footer on top of him to move to 9 under. He’s also 3 under for the day and still three ahead.

UPDATE NO. 26 (12:13 p.m. ET):  Jordan. Spieth. He buries a tricky 15-footer for birdie over a knob at the par-3 seventh, and he’s now 8 under. He’s still two shots ahead. Rory McIlroy has made back-to-back bogeys to fall to 2 under. He’s now six back.

UPDATE NO. 25 (11:48 a.m. ET):  A look at the current leaderboard. Spieth leads by two.

UPDATE NO. 24 (11:33 a.m. ET): Jordan Spieth needed to make a tester for par at No. 1 and missed a good opportunity for birdie at No. 2, but he stuffs it to tap-in range at No. 3. That birdie moves him to 7 under. He’s one ahead of Kuchar, who’s birdied Nos. 2 and 3.

UPDATE NO. 23 (11:31 a.m. ET): Dustin Johnson pars the par-5 17th after a mediocre greenside bunker shot (his third shot) blasted out to 30 feet, and he has 30-footer for birdie at 18. That will be for 63. He misses, but that’s 64 and he’s now 3 under and three back.

UPDATE NO. 22 (11:22 a.m. ET): Rory hits beauty of a tee shot at the par-4 fifth, roping it to 12 feet below the hole. Hie eagle putt has a perfect line, but it comes up short dead in the heart. Agonizing! Still, that’s a birdie, and McIlroy is now 3 under for the day, 4 under overall and just two back.

UPDATE NO. 21 (11:16 a.m. ET): Rory birdied No. 1 and now he’s pitched in for birdie at No. 4! That puts him to 3 under and within three!

UPDATE NO. 20 (11:05 a.m. ET): Dustin Johnson had a 10-footer at No. 16 to move to 7 under for the round, but he misses low. That’s disappointing, but he can still go birdie-birdie for his own 62!

UPDATE NO. 19 (10:50 a.m. ET): All the Branden Grace stuff from his record round.

UPDATE NO. 18 (10:16 a.m. ET): Grace lags to 3 feet and calmly rolls in that par putt, and he’s done it. Welcome, Mr. 62! History maker!!!

UPDATE NO. 17 (10:13 a.m. ET): An update on Grace’s approach.

UPDATE NO. 16 (10:10 a.m. ET): An update on Grace’s approach.

UPDATE NO. 15 (10:03 a.m. ET): Grace’s tee shot on 18 is just fine. It goes into the first cut of the left rough, but that rough is almost nothing and he has a great angle to a right flag.

UPDATE NO. 14 (10:01 a.m. ET): Grace lags beautifully on 17 and taps in for birdie. He’s now 8 under for the round! A par at 18 and he has that 8-under 62.

UPDATE NO. 13 (9:56 a.m. ET): Grace hits a beauty of a second shot. It ends up on the wrong ridge level, but he’ll have 35 feet putting down to lower tier for eagle. If he makes that, we may be on 61 or 60 Watch!

UPDATE NO. 12 (9:48 a.m. ET): We’ll go shot-by-shot now. Grace hits a beauty off No. 17. Right down the fairway. Total green light to make that birdie to get him ready for 62.

UPDATE NO. 11 (9:45 a.m. ET): After squandering that chance at 15, Grace buries a 35-footer for birdie at 16! WOW! he’s now 7 under for the day. Play his last two in 1 under or better, and he becomes the first player in major championship history to shoot better than 63. Remember, 17 is a par 5, too.

UPDATE NO. 10 (9:30 a.m. ET): Oh man. Branden Grace hit a good 10-footer for birdie at 15, but it hits the left side of the cup and curls out. If that putt could’ve dropped, he would be 7 under today and we would be in serious business. It’s a par instead. Two under in his last three, and Grace shoots 62.

UPDATE NO. 9 (9:15 a.m. ET): Are we in for a 62? Branden Grace has birdied No. 14 to move to 6 under for the round, and he has two par 5s left. Birdie both of those and he’s 8 under, and 8 under for the round is 62. It’s really possible, people!

UPDATE NO. 8 (9:06 a.m. ET): Day posts a 5-under 65 to finish 54 holes at even par. He’s currently T-11 after jumping 50 spots due to that round. He’s the third one in with a 65, too, as Scott Hend and Shaun Norris both put up that number. So, he may be out of the top 20 by day’s end, but still a great move up the leaderboard.

UPDATE NO. 7 (8:20 a.m. ET): Day two-putts from 40 feet for a birdie at No. 15, and he has surged all the way back to even par. He’s 5 under for the round.

UPDATE NO. 6 (8:14 a.m. ET): Could Branden Grace do something historic on Saturday? Grace birdies Nos. 1, 4, 5, 8 and 9 and he’s out in 5-under 29! That puts him 1 under overall and he’s rocketed 39 spots to T-6. More importantly, 62 Watch is on!

UPDATE NO. 5 (8:05 a.m. ET): Tommy Fleetwood is in with a 4-under 66. A 69-66 slate for his first two rounds. What a comeback from an opening 76! Fleetwood is now T-22 at 1 over.

UPDATE NO. 4 (7:27 a.m. ET): Tommy Fleetwood, look out! He goes birdie-eagle at 14 and 15 and he’s suddenly 4 under for the day and 1 over overall. Jason Day, meanwhile, has birdied No. 10 to also move to 4 under today and 1 over for the tournament. The scores could be really, really low today.

UPDATE NO. 3 (7:11 a.m. ET): Some red numbers out there, for sure. Jason Day was 2 under through 5 and has since birdied No. 9 to open Saturday in 3-under 31. He’s now back to 2 over. If he can really get hot on the back nine, maybe he gets himself on the fringe of contention heading into Sunday.

UPDATE NO. 2 (6:32 a.m. ET): Tommy Fleetwood, the hometown boy, is continuing his good form from Day Two. After an opening bogey, he birdied Nos. 2, 5 and 8 to get all the way back to 3 over. He bogeyed No. 9 to go out in 1-under 33. But after par at 10, he’s still under par for the day, and gaining on the top 50. Remember, he needed a sensational 1-under 69 on Friday just to make the cut on the number.

UPDATE NO. 1 (6:25 a.m. ET): We won’t get to any contenders for hours, but there’s still some interesting notes from the early groups. The conditions still aren’t easy, but there are birdies to be made. Ten of 23 players on course are under par for the day. The best score of the bunch is Shaun Norris, who is 4 under through 12 on his round to move to 1 over.

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