The 2011 British Open may well be won with play close to even par on what looks to be a blustery weekend in Sandwich, England, at a Royal St. George's course that isn't conceding much to the field. If so, Darren Clarke may well win this Open Championship.
Clarke entered the third round tied for the lead with 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, but immediately broke that tie with a birdie on the first hole to move him to 5-under for the tournament. On many courses, that wouldn't be news, but at Royal St. George's on this Saturday, it was the only birdie made on No. 1, a 444-yard par 4.
Clarke has since dropped a shot with a bogey on the fifth hole, but remains in sole possession of a one-stroke lead thanks to a bogey by Glover. And with few players looking game enough to make a weekend charge, Clarke's chances of winning his first major might be very good if he can grind out pars.
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