British Open at a glance

A look at Saturday’s third round of the British Open at Turnberry Golf Club:

Leading: Tom Watson at 4-under 206.

Chasing history: At age 59, Watson is trying to become the oldest player to win a major championship. Julius Boros was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.

How it happened: Watson rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 16 and two-putted for another birdie at the par-5 17th to claim the lead all to himself heading to the final round.

In contention: PGA Tour journeyman Mathew Goggin of Australia shot a 1-under 69 and is tied with England’s Ross Fisher for second, one stroke behind Watson. Former U.S. Open champions Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk are two and three strokes back, respectively.

Fading away: Mark Calcavecchia, who won 20 years ago at Troon, fell from contention with a dismal finish. He played the last six holes at 5 over for a 77 that left him seven shots behind. Sergio Garcia shot 76 and will have to wait longer for his first major title.

No three-peat: Two-time winner Padraig Harrington struggled to a 76 and turned his attention to defending his title at the PGA Championship.

Tough day: Only five players broke par, even though it was a warm, sunny say. Tough pin positions and a stiff breeze off the Irish Sea proved to be a worthy defense.

Shot of the day: Marino hit a hybrid from about 240 yards to 2 feet for a tap-in eagle at No. 7.

Quotable: “The first day here, ‘Yeah, let the old geezer have his day in the sun.’ The second day you said, ‘Well, that’s OK.’ And now today, you kind of perk up your ears and say, ‘This old geezer might have a chance to win the tournament.’ I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know one thing. I feel good about what I did today. I feel good about my game plan.” – Watson after shooting a 1-over 71.

Featured pairings (all times EDT): 8:30 a.m. – Angel Cabrera, Boo Weekley; 9 a.m. – Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen; 9:10 a.m. – Lee Westwood, Ross Fisher; 9:20 a.m. – Mathew Goggin, Tom Watson.

Television: 6-8 a.m., TNT Sports; 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., ABC Sports.


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