Lawrence Leads in South Africa
Lawrence, who turned pro last October, got off to a quick start with three birdies over his first six holes to keep pace with Clark and eventually lead midway through the round.
'When I stood on the first tee, I thought it was going to be really difficult day for scoring because the wind was quite stiff,' said Lawrence. 'But when Tim was rolling in all those putts over the first couple of holes, I knew I had to start doing something as well.'
The 21-year-old, who posted two top-10 finishes this season, added two more birdies on the back nine to secure his lead at the Leopard Creek Country Club.
'I had a lot of putts which were downhill, so I had to be careful not to be too strong with them,' said Lawrence. 'But I just kept swinging away, and it was only coming down the 18th fairway that I started to feel a little tingly. But the reason is that it only occurred to me then that I can win this thing.'
Clark was poised to grab the lead on his own with four birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 11-under, but he ran into trouble with back-to-back bogeys from the 10th.
He remained calm and turned in three birdies over the remaining seven holes for a round of 67 of his own.
With 18 holes remaining Clark has all but wrapped up the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. His closest challenger in the race for the money title, England's Justin Rose, carded a 1-under 71 to trail Clark by 10 strokes.
Clark, who earned his PGA Tour card last year after finishing third on the 2000 Buy.Com money list, missed most of the 2001 campaign due to a wrist injury. The 26-year-old was granted a medical exemption for 2002 but opted to finish out the season in his native country after capturing the South African Open.
The Order of Merit title will earn Clark an invitation to the British Open, the World Golf Championships American Express and the World Golf Championships NEC Invitational.
Overnight leader Bruce Vaughan bogeyed the opening hole and added two more bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5. The American settled down with three birdies on the back nine to move into third place at 10-under 206.
South Africa's Andrew McLardy (69) is four strokes off the lead at 9-under 207 while fellow countryman Nic Henning is one shot further back at 8-under.
Full-field scores from the South African Tour Championship
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.