Lawrie and McGinley to Take Lead Into Monday
However, for a third straight day, foul Scottish weather forced the alteration of plans from tournament officials.
While the fourth and final round was to have begun after the concluding third, weather delays halted play in the morning and made the continuation of golf impossible in the afternoon.
As a result, the top-60 pros and 20 leading amateurs will now play their final rounds on Monday at St. Andrews.
While the wet and cold conditions may have dampened some spirits Sunday, Lawrie did not seem to be affected at all.
The 1999 British Open champion picked up his third round at the Old Courses 13th hole, already 8-under thanks to Saturdays stupendous play.
He continued his fine golf, recording birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to move to 15-under for the event, but bogeyed the par-4 16th to end in 63 for the day.
Nevertheless, his score has him in prime position for the record first-place prize of approximately $800,000, not to mention his first win since taking that Claret Jug in 99 at Carnoustie.
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Im pleased with that obviously but it was nice to see a few putts going in for a change, said Lawrie. Ive played will all year but Ive struggled on the greens. My season has been about regularly taking 33 or 34 putts for 71 or 72.
The Scottish native required just 27 strokes with the flat stick in his third round.
Likewise, continuing his solid golf was McGinley.
Picking up his round at Carnousties par-5 12th, the Irishman carded a solid birdie and parred his way in to a 1-under 71 to end tied for first.
However, while the two players sit on top entering the final day, the biggest threat may come from third-placed Ernie Els.
Just one shot back at 13-under, the South African capped off a 68 at St. Andrews on Sunday. He is searching for his first win of the year.
Also in the hunt is David Howell, who sits two off the pace at 12-under, while highly-touted rookie Paul Casey rattled home a 66 at St. Andrews to end in joint fifth with Brian Davis.
The final round is scheduled to begin at 9:00am local time on Monday.
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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)
Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.