You Oughta Know: Recent history favors frontrunners

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The 144th Open Championship is, well, completely wide open. There are 14 players either at or within three shots of the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day and amateur Paul Dunne. Jordan Spieth’s hopes of a Grand Slam remain as he’s only one shot off the lead. Here is what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at the Old Course:

 The last six major champions have held at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Only five Open champions since 1895 were outside the top-six after three rounds and only one Open champ since 1895 was outside the top-10 at this point (Paul Lawrie, 1999).

 Sunday’s third round marked the first major championship round of the year (11) where either Jordan Spieth or Dustin Johnson did not hold at least a share of the lead. Spieth is one back, Johnson is five back.

 Spieth had 37 putts in his second round (the most of his professional career) but rebounded with 27 putts in his third-round 66.

 He’s looking for his third consecutive major victory. Only Ben Hogan (1953) has won the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. Hogan was tied for the 54-hole lead at Carnoustie in ’53.

 Spieth has trailed entering the final round in two of his five PGA Tour wins.

 Paul Dunne’s 66 is the lowest round ever by an amateur in an Open at St. Andrews and he’s the first amateur to lead after 54 holes in the Open since Bobby Jones in 1927.

 The last amateur to win any major was Johnny Goodman in the 1933 U.S. Open. Bobby Jones was the last amateur to win the British Open when he was victorious in 1930.

 Louis Oosthuizen is a combined 28 under par in seven Open rounds at St. Andrews. Only two players in the last 100 years have won multiple Opens at the Old Course (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus).

 Oosthuizen has shot six consecutive rounds under par in majors. He’s a combined 23 under in those six rounds.

 This is Jason Day’s second career 54-hole lead in a major. He was tied for the 54-hole lead last month at Chambers Bay and tied for ninth place. He is one-for-five on the PGA Tour in converting 54-hole leads into victories.

 Padraig Harrington shot 65 in the third round and is two off the lead. It’s his career-low round in a major championship.

Note: Golf Channel’s editorial research unit provided information for this report.