How it Happened: Westwood takes Open lead

Lee Westwood during the third round of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield.

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A look at the third-round hole locations at the Open Championship.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez started the day with a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson in Saturday's third round at Muirfield. But Woods and Westwood became the story of the day as Jimenez faded early.

Woods had seemed to have the momentum going his way when Westwood missed the 16th green and needed two to get on, leaving himself a long bogey putt that he made to contain the damage; the two were tied going into the last two holes. But Woods hit into the fairway bunkers with his second shot on the par-5 17th and was forced to pitch out, leading to bogey while Westwood birdied.

Westwood will begin the final round at 3 under with a two-shot lead over Woods and Hunter Mahan. Woods will chase his 15th victory in a major, while Mahan will try to eclipse his final-round struggles at the U.S. Open at Merion, where he struggled in the final group of the day.

Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott is another shot back at even par, while four golfers are at 1 over: Angel Cabrera, first-round leader Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore and Henrik Stenson. Jimenez struggled to a 77.

Take a look at the highlights from the first tee ball to the last putt Saturday – and make sure to scroll down to take a look at our tournament coverage to date:

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No. 18, Par 4, 470 yards

Off the tee: With an iron, Tiger barely makes the long carry here and bounces onto the fairway. Leader Lee Westwood just misses the right side of the fairway with a fairway wood and might have a bit of an awkward stance.

On the approach: Tiger lands his shot at the front of the green and the ball rolls up to about 20-25 feet from the pin. Westwood's lie isn't too steep and he finds the front of the green.

On the green: Tiger's line looks good but he leaves it about a foot short and taps in for par. Westwood lags to inside 2 feet and side-doors it for a 1-under 70 that has him 3 under, leading by two shots.

Tiger for the day: 1-over 72; T-2 at 1 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Henrik Stenson's par parade continues, the streak running to 11 as he two-putts on the 17th. He's T-4 at even for the week.

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No. 17, Par 5, 575 yards

Off the tee: Tiger finds the right side of the fairway and co-leader Lee Westwood the middle.

On the approach: Tiger's second shot, a fairway wood, finds the cross bunkers well short of the green; he's forced to simply pitch out well short of the green and will need to get up and down for par from just less than 100 yards out. Woods spins a high wedge to the back pin and the ball just rolls off the left side of the green. Meanwhile, Westwood clears the cross bunkers and finds the fairway short of the green, then hits his third shot to about 2 feet away from Tiger's just off the green.

Around the green: Tiger is away and will perhaps give Westwood a hint about the line; but he runs it past the hole, perhaps too quick to give away anything about whether it breaks. Tiger makes his comebacker for bogey. Westwood makes it from off the green, help from Tiger or not, and opens up a 2-shot lead again – perhaps more importantly, putting his troublesome bogey at the 16th in the past.

Tiger for the day: 1 over; T-2 at 1 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Miguel Angel Jimenez needs two to get out of the greenside bunker on the par-3 16th, then misses his bogey putt; the second-round leader drops to T-9 at 2 over. First-round leader Zach Johnson wraps up a 73 with a par; he's 1 over and T-7 as he heads in. Angel Cabrera finishes with bogey for a 73, 1 over for the tournament and T-7 as he heads in. Henrik Stenson has run off nine straight pars to remain steady at even par; he's T-4 with three to play.

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No. 16, Par 3, 186 yards

Off the tee: Tiger lands the ball at the front of the green and runs it to about 15-20 feet from the back pin. Leader Lee Westwood misses left and his ball is amid the knee-deep rough.

Around the green: With the speed nearly perfect and the line good too, Tiger just misses on the left edge and taps in for par. That moves him into the lead, though. Westwood needs two to get onto the green from the deep rough, using putter after his wedge comes up short and rolls back down to the first cut. With about 15 feet for bogey, Westwood then makes his putt to remain atop the leaderboard, though no longer alone there.

Tiger for the day: Even par; co-leader at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Miguel Angel Jimenez bogeys No. 14 to drop back to T-4 at even par. Coming off a double bogey at No. 16, Angel Cabrera birdies No. 17 to rise to even par.

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No. 15, Par 4, 448 yards

Off the tee: Tiger finds the center of the fairway again, with plenty of roll as has been the norm for him. Leader Lee Westwood takes iron and hits it down the middle.

On the approach: Tiger wedges the ball short of the green but runs it nearly to the back of the green. Westwood lands it short of the green and the ball rolls on to give him a decent look at a birdie.

On the green: Facing a long birdie try, Tiger shows decent touch again and rolls it to about 2 feet past on the low side, making the par putt. Also with a fairly long birdie try, perhaps 30 feet, Westwood finds the edge of the cup but runs it about 4-5 feet past and makes the comebacker to preserve his leader's margin.

Tiger for the day: Even par; second at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott's birdie putt at the 18th stops less than a ball width short of the hole; he taps in for a 70 and is even par for the tournament as he heads to the clubhouse T-5. Hunter Mahan pars the 18th for a 68 that gets him to the clubhouse at T-3 and 1 under for the tournament.

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No. 14, Par 4, 475 yards

Off the tee: Just missing the fairway again, Tiger has a good lie in the first cut. Westwood finds the right side of the fairway.

On the approach: Tiger lands it in the front right bunker and will need to get over a steep bunker face to a short-sided pin. Westwood lands the ball at the front left of the green and it rolls to within 5 feet.

Around the green: No problem with the bunker face or the short-sided pin for Tiger, as he knocks it to about a foot or two; he makes his par putt in the left edge. Westwood makes birdie to return to 3 under and the outright lead.

Tiger for the day: Even par; second at 2 under.

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No. 13, Par 3, 190 yards

Off the tee: Landing the ball pin-high again to carry the false front, Tiger gets it to stop about 15 feet past for a birdie chance. Co-leader Lee Westwood lands it left of the green, but it rolls back onto the putting surface not far behind Tiger's ball.

On the green: Tiger's pace is good but the ball stays left of the hole by about a foot and he taps in for par. Westwood has the speed but rolls it about a foot right; after marking and waiting for Tiger to putt, he makes it.

Tiger for the day: Even par; tied for the lead at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson, who has had several scoring opportunities just miss today, birdies for the second time in three holes to rise to 1 over and T-9. Johnson also has had several miscues though, with a double bogey and three bogeys on the front nine, and is 3 over today.

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No. 12, Par 4, 379 yards

Off the tee: Tiger finds the left-center of the fairway and co-leader Lee Westwood also finds the fairway.

On the approach: Tiger hits it pin high, but to the right side of the green with the pin at the left. Westwood leaves it short of the green.

Around the green: Tiger lags it well again, this time inside 2 feet but low and left; he raps it in for par. Westwood putts from off the surface to within a foot and taps in for par.

Tiger for the day: Even par; tied for the lead at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson two-putts for par at the 18th to card a 72 that leaves him 2 over, and he heads to the clubhouse alone in 13th. Rafael Cabrera-Bello misses a short par putt at the 13th and cards bogey to slide back to 1 over.

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No. 11, Par 4, 387 yards

Off the tee: Tiger hits it in the heavy rough well left, while co-leader Lee Westwood finds the middle of the fairway.

On the approach: Muscling the ball out of the deep rough, Tiger gets to the front left just short of the green and has some work left to get to the back-right pin. Westwood hits it to inside 10 feet.

Around the green: Tiger's first putt is a solid lag that enables him to make a short comebacker for par. Westwood misses his birdie attempt and cards par as well.

Tiger for the day: Even par; tied for the lead at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Angel Cabrera erases his bogey with a birdie at No. 14 to return to 1 under, T-3 alongside Hunter Mahan. Miguel Angel Jimenez gets a much-needed birdie, his first of the day, at No. 9 to move back to T-4 at even par. Rafael Cabrera-Bello bogeys the 12th to slip to that spot as well.

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No. 10, Par 4, 469 yards

Off the tee: Tiger is again reliable in finding the middle of the fairway, using fairway wood. Co-leader Lee Westwood takes driver and finds the left edge.

On the approach: Tiger lands the ball at the front edge of the green and it rolls pin high to give him a chance at birdie. Westwood finds the back-left collar.

Around the green: From about 10-12 feet, Tiger rolls it just past on the high side and taps in for par. Lee Westwood putts from off the green and reads it well, just missing low and also tapping in for par.

Tiger for the day: Even par; tied for the lead at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Hunter Mahan birdies No. 17 to climb within a shot, T-2 alongside Rafael Cabrera-Bello after Angel Cabrera bogeys at the 13th.

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No. 9, Par 5, 554 yards

Off the tee: With the wind behind, Tiger takes iron and stripes it with plenty of roll. Leader Lee Westwood also hits iron and it rolls down the right side of the fairway before settling in or near a fairway bunker.

On the approach: Tiger finds the front-right greenside bunker in two, but is short-sided. Westwood pitches out of the fairway bunker, then flies the green and rolls off the back.

Around the green: From a decent lie in the bunker, Tiger lands it on the green but leaves it about 4 feet short – then makes the putt for birdie to rise to 2 under. Westwood hits it to about 7 feet and runs it just past, tapping in for bogey to fall to a share of the lead.

Tiger for the day: Even par; tied for the lead at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson's second shot at the par-4 15th finds the bunker well short of the green, and he hits to just short of the green, needing a chip-in for par; he uses putter and the ball picks up speed as it passes the hole, leaving him a sizeable try for bogey that he makes. Rafael Cabrera-Bello makes birdie at No. 9 to climb to T-2 at 1 under, then follows with a par at No. 10.

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No. 8, Par 4, 441 yards

Off the tee: Tiger is true off the tee once more, in the short grass down the left side. Westwood finds the edge of the fairway as well.

On the approach: After taking time to discuss it with his caddie, Tiger hits it to the front of the green and the ball rolls to the back right. Westwood finds the middle of the green but the ball rolls to the back.

On the green: Tiger takes aim and lags to about a foot again, his touch remaining reliable and allowing him to tap in for par. Westwood's long birdie attempt runs well past; he misses the comebacker of 4-5 feet and his lead drops to two shots.

Tiger for the day: 1 over; T-2 at 1 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Hunter Mahan climbs to T-5 at even par with a birdie at the 15th. Second-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez misses a long par attempt at the sixth and taps in to slide back to even par; he's 3 over today. Sergio Garcia is in the clubhouse with a 68, thanks to a birdie at the 18th.

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No. 7, Par 3, 184 yards

Off the tee: Tiger hits it too hot here, landing it about pin high and watching it bound off the back of the green. This comes after leader Lee Westwood hits it to inside 5 feet.

Around the green: Tiger's second shot leaves him about 18-20 feet for par; the ball rolls just past and low and he taps in for bogey. Westwood's birdie attempt is practically dead center and he pulls away.

Tiger for the day: 1 over; T-2 at 1 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Let's recap the leaderboard, as only eight players stand at par or better:

  • Lee Westwood, 4 under
  • Tiger Woods, 1 under
  • Angel Cabrera, 1 under
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1 under
  • Henrik Stenson, 1 under
  • Rafael Cabrera-Bello, even par
  • Zach Johnson, even
  • Phil Mickelson, even

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No. 6, Par 4, 461 yards

Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway at this blind tee box, as does leader and playing partner Lee Westwood.

On the approach: From about 190 yards, Tiger lands his shot pin-high in the middle of the green and it rolls toward the back. Westwood backs off his shot, then misses left.

Around the green: Tiger has a 25-30 footer that breaks low and left, stopping about a foot from the hole; he taps in for par. Westwood plays from the deep, front-left bunker and cuts it close to the top, getting the ball to settle inside 5 feet of the pin; he makes the putt for the par save to remain in the lead.

Tiger for the day: Even par; T-2 at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: At No. 12, Phil Mickelson birdies for the second time in four holes to climb to T-4 at 1 under, two back of Westwood. His tee shot at the par-3 No. 13 finds a bunker and forces him to play right of the pin, but inside 10 feet for a look at par; he misses and takes bogey to slide back to even par. Miguel Angel Jimenez also finds a bunker at No. 5, playing to about 5 feet and missing his putt as he cards bogey to slip to 1 under.

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No. 5, Par 5, 559 yards

Off the tee: Tiger goes with driver and the result is the same: Long and in the fairway.

On the approach: Tiger goes for the green in two and misses left, the ball curling around the front-right bunkers yet leaving him quite a challenge to pitch on.

Around the green: Tiger flops it with spin and gets the ball to stop about 5 feet from the pin for a look at birdie. His putt misses left and he taps in for par, but loses his spot in the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Playing partner Lee Westwood is just short of the green in two, and uses putter to knock it in for eagle to move to 3 under – taking the lead. Dustin Johnson misses a scoring chance at the par-5 No. 5, reaching in two and three-putting for par. Miguel Angel Jimenez makes about a 10-footer for par at No. 4 to remain 2 under.

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No. 4, Par 3, 226 yards

Off the tee: Tiger finds the front-right bunker with his tee shot; it's a deep trap but he'll have plenty of green to work with.

Around the green: Catching too much heavy sand, Tiger only gets the ball about halfway to the hole, then misses his putt for par. He gives his bogey tap-in a careful look and sinks it.

Tiger for the day: Even par; co-leader at 2 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Hideki Matsuyama hits a tight approach shot at No. 11 and makes a 4-footer for his third straight birdie to climb to T-4 at 1 under. Phil Mickelson birdies No. 9 and follows with a par to stand T-8 at even for the tournament. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Henrik Stenson climb into a share of the lead with Tiger Woods' bogey.

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No. 3: Par 4, 377 yards

Off the tee: Another tee, another iron, another fairway for Tiger.

On the approach: Tiger finds the middle of the green, but faces a long birdie putt to the pin at the back.

On the green: Tiger's got the touch here, as he has since making the turn Thursday, and lags perhaps a 50-footer pin high to about 5 feet left. There are no gimmes at Muirfield, yet Tiger reads the left-to-right line and sinks it to remain 3 under and alone in the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Playing partner Lee Westwood shows the perils of hitting wood off the tee, his ball sailing wide right and into the tall grass, then misses the green short and left. In the group ahead, Martin Laird puts on an even more dramatic demonstration, needing seven strokes just to reach the green and two putts for a quintuple-bogey 9. Angel Cabrera lips out a 2-footer for birdie and taps in another 2-footer for par at No. 5 – then Miguel Angel Cabrera misses a 2-footer for par on No. 2 and taps in for bogey to fall from a share of the lead.

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No. 2: Par 4, 364 yards

Off the tee: Tiger Woods finds the fairway once again, outdriven by playing partner Lee Westwood.

On the approach: Tiger doesn't like it, but the ball settles pin high and maybe 25 feet left of the pin.

On the green: Trying again to claim a share of the lead, Tiger drains a 25-footer and moves to 3 under alongside leader Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Elsewhere on the course: Co-leader Jimenez starts with a two-putt for par. First-round leader Zach Johnson birdies No. 4 to climb to 2 under.

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No. 1: Par 4, 447 yards

Off the tee: Tiger Woods finds the short grass and a long roll.

On the approach: Tiger lands his ball on the front of the green and it rolls past the middle pin to the back – unlike playing partner Lee Westwood, whose approach stopped quickly on the front and short of the hole.

On the green: Tiger lags to about a foot left of the hole and taps in for par.

Tiger for the day: Even par; 2 over, T-2 for the tournament.

Elsewhere on the course: Leader Miguel Angel Jimenez finds the fairway with his opening tee shot. Angel Cabrera starts his round with three straight pars. Adam Scott gives back his birdie immediately, missing a 7-footer for par at No. 4 low and long and settling for bogey.

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Update #22: 10:10 a.m. EDT

Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott birdies the par-4 No. 3 to climb to T-9 at even par. Scott came into the third round at 1 over, having yet to break par for a round at Muirfield.

Phil Mickelson scrambles for par at the sixth hole to remain 1 over.

And with that, Tiger Woods is about to tee off . . .

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Update #21: 9:58 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson bogeys the par-5 fifth hole, sending his approach over the back of the green and hitting a flop shot that runs all the way to the front edge. Mickelson slips to 1 over and T-12.

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Update #20: 9:47 a.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel, who had bogeyed the first, sinks a long birdie putt at the second hole to return to 1 over. At T-12, Schwartzel got himself into contention with a second-round 68 on Friday.

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Update #19: 9:38 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson posts back-to-back pars at Nos. 3-4 to remain T-10, even for the tournament.

Justin Leonard birdies No. 4 to move to T-12 at 1 over.

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Update #18: 9:24 a.m. EDT

Hunter Mahan gives back a stroke with a bogey at No. 4, missing a 12-footer for par and dropping to T-12 at 1 over.

Ernie Els finishes his round with a 1-under 70 to improve to 5 over going into Sunday; he's T-32 as he heads to the clubhouse.

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Update #17: 9:09 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson nearly holes out for eagle on No. 2 and picks up a tap-in birdie instead, moving to even on the tournament. Mickelson has never won an Open Championship, his best finish a runner-up, much like the U.S. Open.

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Update #16: 8:59 a.m. EDT

As quickly as we could tell you about Mahan's opening birdie, he makes another from the fringe at the par-4 2nd to move to even par and get within three of leader Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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Update #15: 8:55 a.m. EDT

Hunter Mahan couldn't have asked for a better start, picking up birdie at No. 1 to move to 1 over on the tournament. Mahan has played quite well the past two majors, staying in contention at the U.S. Open until the back nine.

Meanwhile, right behind him, Phil Mickelson misses a 15-footer for birdie and settles for par and stays at 1 over.

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Update #14: 8:30 a.m. EDT

Just call him Streaky Sneds. After two bogeys in the opening four holes sent him to 7 over, Brandt Snedeker has responded with two birdies and a huge eagle at the par-5 9th, making a 50-footer from behind the hole to move to 3 over for the tournament.

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Update #13: 8:28 a.m. EDT

Whatever words Sergio Garcia had with himself on the 11th green worked on the 12th hole, as he makes a 5-footer for birdie and moves back to 3 over. Over this last five holes, he has three birdies and two bogeys.

Thomas Bjorn is also riding a roller coaster thus far today, moving back to 2 under on his round with birdies on Nos. 8-9. He has five birdies, a double-bogey and a bogey through nine holes and is also 3 over for the tournament.

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Update #12: 8:20 a.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker has erased two early bogeys (Nos. 1, 4) with a pair of birdies on Nos. 5 and 6, and then buried a 25-footer for par on No. 8 to remain at 5 over for the tournament.

Ahead on No. 11, Sergio Garcia gets angry with himself after missing a 6-footer for par and he drops back to 4 over (2 under on his round).

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Update #11: 8:05 a.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia is heating up a bit, picking up his fourth birdie of the day, the latest at the par-4 10th to move to 3 over for the tournament. Garcia is playing with Padraig Harrington.

American Kevin Streelman is now on the course after somehow firing an even-par 71 in the afternoon wave on Friday, the best round of the afternoon. Streelman picks up a birdie on No. 2 this morning and has moved to 2 over for the tournament, lowest of anyone on the course currently.

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Update #10: 7:52 a.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia makes a 5-footer for birdie at the par-5 9th and makes the turn in 2-under 34 and is now 4 over for the tournament. Garcia has seven career top-10 finishes in the Open Championship, including a T-8 at Muirfield in 2002. For his career, he has 18 top-10 finishes in majors.

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Update #9: 7:25 a.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar makes his first birdie of the day at the par-4 3rd, hitting a great approach to about 6 feet under the hole. Kuchar moves to 4 over for the tournament after opening rounds of 74-73.

Meanwhile, amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick continues to impress, making the turn at 1-under 35 after a birdie at No. 9 and is 6 over for the tourney.

American Brandt Snedeker can't seem to find his mojo on the greens, picking up a pair of bogeys on Nos. 1 and 4 to drop all the way back to 7 over. Snedeker had moved to 4 under early in his round on Friday, but a triple and two doubles proved too costly in a second-round 79.

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Update #8: 7:15 a.m. EDT

Thomas Bjorn is making a move toward the first couple pages of the leaderboard, picking up birdies at Nos. 1 and 3 to move to 3 over for the tournament.

Meanwhile, ahead on the par-4 6th, Sergio Garcia makes his second birdie of the day, making a 20-footer to move to 4 over for the tournament.

There have been three rounds posted thus far today, and all three are under par, with Richard Sterne the best at 68, while Shingo Katayama fired a 69 and Carl Pettersson a 70.

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Update #7: 6:45 a.m. EDT

With a birdie at No. 17, Richard Sterne now has the round of the day going, moving to 3 under on Saturday, including four birdies and a single bogey.

Sterne was actually holding steady through nine holes on Friday, comfortably inside the cut line, but five back-nine bogeys sent him backward, but he managed to make the cut on the number after Muirfield sent players backward at the end of the day.

Sterne is currently T-40 at 5 over.

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Update #6: 6:24 a.m. EDT

Shingo Katayama has managed to card four birdies against two bogeys through 16 holes at Muirfield, showing that there might be a few birdie holes out there for the taking. Katayama has only moved to 6 over with the nice play, but it should give later groups some amount of hope that Muirfield does have a few loose corners.

Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia takes advantage of the short par-4 2nd with a birdie to move to 5 over.

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Update #5: 6:12 a.m. EDT

Some big-name pairings have taken to the course, with Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia having just finished the first hole with a pair of pars.

Meanwhile, Keegan Bradley is 1 under through six holes playing with President's Cup captain Fred Couples, who is 1 over for the day. Couples is using Muirfield as a warm-up for his title defense at the Senior British this coming week, while Bradley is happy to have avoided missing his second cut in a major this season after failing to make the weekend at Merion.

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Update #4: 5:50 a.m. EDT

Amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, who made the cut by a full stroke, birdies the par-4 2nd hole to move to 6 over for the tournament. He played his first two rounds with Jordan Spieth and Russell Henley -- making up one of the youngest groups on the course.

All three made the cut, with Fitzpatrick one of two amateurs to do so (Jimmy Mullens is the other).

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Update #3: 5:37 a.m. EDT

Attendance figures have been floating around, and it looks like the numbers aren't as good as the last go around at Muirfield. On Friday, 29,144 were on the course against 34,479 in 2002, while only 23,393 were there on Thursday against 30,620 in 2002. It's a little bit of a head-scratcher, although Tiger was going for the Slam in 2002.

Will the sunny skies and impressive leaderboard lead to bigger numbers on the weekend?

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Update #2: 5:34 a.m. EDT

Todd Hamilton is now the low man on the course, making the turn at 2 under with a birdie at the par-5 9th and is now 6 over for the tournament. A reminder that 84 players made the cut on Friday evening, and they go off in twosomes on the weekend, so we are still talking about 42 "games" as they are referred to at the Open.

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Update #1: 5:03 a.m. EDT

Todd Hamilton, the 2004 champ, somehow fired an 81 on Friday and still made the cut, using his Thursday 69 to the fullest of advantages. He's been solid thus far on Saturday, picking up six pars and a birdie (on No. 2) to move to 7 over on the tournament.

There are only three players under par thus far today, with Shingo Katayama and Richard Sterne also at 1 under on the day and 7 over for the tournament.

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Friday's coverage

McIlroy, Rose, Fowler headline Open missed cuts

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Friday afternoon groups beat up by mighty Muirfield

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• Musings on Muirfield: Players' share Day 2 thoughts via Twitter

Dustin Johnson answers how "a regular 6 handicap" would score on Muirfield this week, Graeme McDowell takes aim at Steve Elkington and more after the second round of the British Open.

Graeme McDowell on Tiger Woods: 'He was impressive'

Our Jeff Rude witnessed Tiger Woods bunt his way around Muirfield on Friday, staying patient in firing a 71 and keeping himself in the thick of things to try to end his five-year drought in majors.

Break out the cigars: Jimenez takes the lead at Muirfield

The red wine-drinking, cigar-smoking, carefree Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 71 on Friday to stay near the top of the leaderboard, leading wandering minds to wonder if the Spaniard could become the oldest major winner in history.

Led by Jimenez, veterans hold their own at Muirfield

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• Is it finally time for Westwood's major moment?

Instead of whining about or bemoaning the difficult conditions at Muirfield, Lee Westwood instead took the course head on and beat it for the most part in firing a 3-under 68 on Friday.

Spieth falters late after conquering Muirfield early

Jordan Spieth was in the hunt at the 142nd Open Championship, but the last four holes in Friday’s second round either showed why Muirfield is such a difficult test or why 19-year-olds don't win major championships.

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Thursday's coverage

Musings on Muirfield: Players take to Internet

Here's a sampling of players' posts – some of them rather brave – from the Open Championship, as well as a few from outside Scotland.

McCabe: Opening hole packs plenty of punch at Muirfield

It started with Lloyd Saltman's quadruple bogey, moved to the same result for Brooks Koepka and then continued to haunt the field at the Open Championship. Welcome to the first tee, where your opening hole at Muirfield can derail your round early.

Amid stress of Open, Mickelson makes a 9-year-old's day

Phil Mickelson had just birdied the 15th hole to move to 3 under, but still saw 9-year-old Ross Brown in the crowd with his cast on his arm. Mickelson stopped to give the stunned boy a ball and a few encouraging words.

Out of nowhere, O'Meara an Open factor again

When Mark O'Meara won his Open Championship in 1998, he was a definitive long shot. So, after his 4-under 67 on Thursday at Muirfield, O'Meara is opening eyes all over again.

Luiten's waiting game at British Open all for naught

Joost Luiten had the first alternate's spot at Muirfield and showed up ready to go. At the same time, rumors had swirled that Louis Oosthuizen was too injured to play.

Schwartzel breaks club at Open Championship

Charl Schwartzel will need a new 6-iron after breaking the club out of frustration Thursday at the Open Championship.

My Bag: Z. Johnson, Open Championship

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Oosthuizen, Hanson withdraw from Open Championship

Louis Oosthuizen managed to play eight holes Thursday at the Open Championship. But that will be all he plays the rest of the week at Muirfield. Peter Hanson also withdrew.

Mickelson, morning wave rip Muirfield conditions

After shooting 2-under 69 in the first round of the Open Championship, Phil Mickelson voiced his displeasure on the setup of Muirfield after his round to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. He wasn't the only one.

Jimenez shows off his pre-round practice routine

If you’re looking for a new stretching routine before you start your round, you’ve come to the right place. Here is Miguel Angel Jimenez going through his stretching routine.

Johnson forgets Deere heartache with early Open lead

It’s not as if Zach Johnson doesn’t know how to go forward from disappointment; he chalked up last week's playoff loss to golf being golf, then marched to the lead at the Open Championship.

Hamilton (remember him?) finds flash of that '04 form

In what would prove to be the pinnacle of his career, Todd Hamilton won the Open Championship in 2004 at Royal Troon, defeating Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff. That was the last time Hamilton won a tournament, the last time he broke 70 in an Open Championship -- until Thursday.

Mickelson looks smart to start Open; McIlroy feels 'brain dead'

Rory McIlroy isn’t talking or playing like the World No. 2 to start the British Open; Phil Mickelson by comparison looks like he’s ready to win his first Claret Jug.

Bjorn breaks $80,000 camera lens at Muirfield

Thomas Bjorn hit a camera lens on the first hole at Muirfield after hitting out of the rough.

Vonn: 'I am definitely not getting married'

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have been publicly dating for about four months now. As for marriage, though, that isn't in the cards, Vonn said in a recent Vogue article.

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Wednesday's coverage

Play before a major? Pros divided on answer

Tiger Woods is dead set against playing the week before a major, even if on those occasions when he did he won. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, played poorly at this year's Masters and will tell you it's because he didn't compete the week before.

Rude: Scott is ultra-prepared, hungry for more

Adam Scott knows that his Wednesday press conference could have had a much different feel if he hadn't won the Masters in April. But Scott is a different man than the one that blew a four-shot lead at the 2012 Open Championship: He's focused.

Still no clear reason why McIlroy is derailed

On a pleasant Wednesday on Scotland’s southeast coast, Rory McIlroy seemed light years removed from the comfort of his PGA Championship win. Smiles weren’t as plentiful, answers not as playful, body language not as carefree.

VIDEO: Dawson, Open officials break down changes at Muirfield

R&A chief Peter Dawson says that "as links courses go, (Muirfield is) a fair course. What you see is what you get." Dawson and Muirfield officials break down the changes to the course since we last saw it at an Open Championship.

R&A head Dawson talks Open, women, doping, more

The R&A, in its news conference before the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, fielded questions regarding gender discrimination, drug testing and the Olympics.

R&A turns back clock in defending male-only clubs

After numerous struggles for equality worldwide it's clear that at certain golf clubs in the U.K., discrimination is not only an accepted practice but one that is condoned by an organization and its chief executive.

Looking back on Ballesteros' 1988 Open victory

It's been 25 years since Seve Ballesteros' final major victory, at the 1988 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Here's a look back at Seve's triumph.

VIDEO: Player talks about winning an Open Championship

Fresh off his nude appearance in ESPN's Body Issue, a fully-clothed Gary Players offers up insights on winning an Open Championship at Muirfield.

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The Toy Box Blog

Is Tiger switching drivers in Scotland?

The three-time Open Championship winner has been practicing with a new Nike VR_S Covert Tour at Muirfield.

TaylorMade's symbol-filled logo for 2013 Open Championship

Take a look at TaylorMade Golf's symbol-filled logo for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Ping debuts Rapture driving-iron prototype

On the eve of the 2013 Open Championship, Ping brings a prototype of its first driving iron to Muirfield.

Q&A with 2010 Open champion Oosthuizen

With the Open Championship fast approaching, our David Dusek sits down with the 2010 champion to discuss his equipment and approach to selecting gear.

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Tuesday's coverage

Rude: Tiger cautiously prepares for Open; will it be enough?

While Tiger Woods says his left elbow is healthy, playing only nine-hole practice rounds might indicate that the injury is still the back of his mind. But on a course that likely won't need driver, Woods is still a favorite due to his superior long-iron skills.

With elbow 'fine,' Tiger remains oddsmakers' favorite

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win his 15th major championship and fourth Open Championship according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.

Mickelson feeling confident about chances at Muirfield

Fresh off a dramatic victory at the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson enters this week's Open Championship on an incredible high about his chances playing links golf.

McDowell, Muirfield a match made in golf heaven

Graeme McDowell has won three titles in his last eight worldwide starts. He missed the other five cuts. He's also missed the cut after each of his victories. Muirfield might be the perfect solution to that problem for the 2010 U.S. Open champion.

Rose dreams of winning Open Championship 'more than any other'

2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose looks ahead to the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Snedeker's secret weapon at Open? He's 32

Brandt Snedeker is 32. That happens to be the same age as Adam Scott and Justin Rose were when they won the first two majors of the year. And Snedeker is a big believer in omens. Now the American just needs to go out and perform.

How Poulter prepares for an Open Championship

How does Ian Poulter prepare for the Open Championship? From getting his many outfits picked out ahead of time to his superstitions, Poulter's pre-tournament routine is quite interesting.

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Monday's coverage

Tiger reprimanded by marshal at Muirfield on practice day

Tiger Woods was ordered off the No. 10 tee at Muirfield on Monday by a marshal after the World No. 1 played the hole too early.

Mickelson hits backward shot at Muirfield

Phil Mickelson hit a backwards shot during a practice round Monday at Muirfield.

Rude: Good 'omen' for Fowler, Leishman, Bubba

Golfweek columnist Jeff Rude is a betting man, and believes in omens – especially when it comes to his history with the Open Championship. So, you are in luck Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman.

Open kicks off as Els returns Claret Jug

Ernie Els officially handed back the coveted Claret Jug on Monday at Muirfield, handing over the impressive piece of silver to R&A CEO Peter Dawson.

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Bulldog's Blog

Historic Muirfield buzzing early before Open

Our Alex Miceli gives you a bit of a history lesson on Muirfield, but quickly turns his attention to this year's Open Championship, as Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson all hit the course on Sunday.

A walk with ghosts at St. Andrews

In his fifth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli visits St. Andrews, the 'Home of Golf.'

Impressive day at Trump Scotland

In his fourth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli plays a round at Golfweek's top-ranked GB&I course, Trump Scotland. Let's just say it lived up to its hype.

Castle Stuart with McGinley alongside

Alex Miceli spent a day at Castle Stuart getting to know Paul McGinley, the Europeans' next Ryder Cup captain.

Royal Dornoch builds on rich history

Royal Dornoch plays just like it was designed back in the late 1800s, fitting for a club so keen with its history that it is establishing a program to investigate the history of sport and culture in the region.

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Preview coverage

Hole by hole: Muirfield lives up to Open rep

This will be the 16th time the R&A is setting up the Open Championship along the Firth of Forth. Here's what you'll see during what promises to be a compelling week on this par-71 layout that stretches 7,192 yards.

Woods, Garcia head up staff Open predictions

Our staff of experts took a look at the Open Championship field and made their predictions for a favorite, underdog to watch and the low amateur. To no surprise, Tiger Woods registered on a couple of radars.

Notes: Blixt still sees light; Mickelson's money game; more

Two weeks later, Jonas Blixt still doesn't understand the criticism at Greenbrier; Keegan Bradley says Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are money; plus more in our notebook.

What's wrong with Rory? Quite a bit, stats indicate

Rory McIlroy’s latest bad patch – and he has had a few – has been punctuated by waning confidence, substandard short game and a tendency to hang his tee shots right with an inconsistent swing.

Tiger: 'Full go' for Open Championship at Muirfield

Tiger Woods gave an update on his left elbow injury in a release Saturday on his website, and also talked about the upcoming Open Championship at Muirfield.

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