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Final-round rundown on the contenders

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SANDWICH, England – Everyone is off here in the final round of the Open Championship. Earlier in the week we debated if the winner here at Royal St. George’s would be unknown – like Ben Curtis in 2003 – or if it would be someone more heralded. There is a long way to go but it looks like we may get the latter.

Here are a couple quick observations as we get closer to handing someone the cherished claret jug:

Sergio Garcia made four birdies in his first seven holes, but made double bogey on the eighth to essentially eliminate his chances of winning a first major championship.

Rickie Fowler, dressed in his trademark Sunday orange, is paired with Thomas Bjorn, who is wearing a green sweater. Together, they look like the Irish flag.

Darren Clarke made a key par save on the first hole, then followed with birdie on No. 2. Don’t know if that means it’ll be his day, but he certainly deserves it if it happens.

Dustin Johnson has missed both of his first two tee shots left. He still scrambled for pars on both.

Phil Mickelson, in search of his first Open Championship, birdies Nos. 2 and 4. The man who has struggled at this championship as much as anywhere else actually looks like he’s enjoying himself. I barely recognize him.

Tom Watson is still hanging tough at 2 over after 12 holes.