For the second consecutive major championship, Dustin Johnson will tee off in the final pairing on Sunday. Unlike at the U.S. Open when the championship came down to Johnson's putter on the 72nd hole, Johnson can't win or lose the Claret Jug on Sunday at the 2015 British Open. The tournament was effectively delayed a full day with the third round pushed to Sunday and the final round now set for Monday.
Weather at the British Open is always unpredictable and that has been the case this week. Heavy rains saturated the course on Friday, forcing a delay of more than three hours and preventing the entire field from completing the second round. It was dry on Saturday, but heavy wind made the course unplayable for most of the morning. Play began early, but only briefly before a delay of more than 10 hours. That forced the entire third round to be pushed to Sunday.
The second round proved to be a grind from Johnson. He began the second 18 Friday afternoon and played well into the night. He was then back out on the course at 7 a.m. local time when play resumed. Two holes later, he and the rest of the field were delayed for 10 hours. Johnson closed the round strong after play resumed again and posted a 69 to follow up a 65 on Thursday to post 10-under. That earned him the 36-hole lead, which is a good place to be. The last seven major championships were won by the player who held the 36-hole lead.
Johnson is one stroke ahead of Danny Willett, who will join him in the final pairing on Sunday. Willett shot a 69 in the second round, but managed to get all 18 holes in on Friday. That allowed him to rest up on Saturday and not have to endure the delay.
The final few groups are stacked with notable names. Jason Day is back in contention at a major championship, as are Adam Scott and Zach Johnson. Fresh off his strong surge at the U.S. Open, Louis Oosthuizen is just three shots of the lead. Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth will all play in the afternoon. That should make for an eventful Sunday, even if it isn't the final round.
The first groups will step to the No. 1 tee at St. Andrews at 3:15 a.m. ET, with the final group scheduled to go off nearly seven hours later at 10 a.m. ESPN's television coverage begins at 7 a.m., so viewers will be able to watch most of the third round live.
Here is a complete look at the third round tee sheet. All times Eastern.
|3:15 a.m.||Scott Arnold||David Duval|
|3:25 a.m.||John Senden||Lee Westwood|
|3:35 a.m.||Brendon Todd||Ernie Els|
|3:45 a.m.||Graeme McDowell||Ross Fisher|
|3:55 a.m.||Billy Horschel||Hunter Mahan|
|4:05 a.m.||Graham DeLaet||Jim Furyk|
|4:15 a.m.||Matt Kuchar||Bernhard Langer|
|4:25 a.m.||Mark O'Meara||Bernd Wiesberger|
|4:35 a.m.||Jason Dufner||Rafael Cabrera-Bello|
|4:45 a.m.||Ben Martin||Thomas Aiken|
|5 a.m.||Marcus Fraser||Marc Leishman|
|5:10 a.m.||Andy Sullivan||Ashley Chesters (a)|
|5:20 a.m.||Harris English||Rickie Fowler|
|5:30 a.m.||Henrik Stenson||Jamie Donaldson|
|5:40 a.m.||Francesco Molinari||Thongchai Jaidee|
|5:50 a.m.||Richie Ramsay||Eddie Pepperell|
|6 a.m.||Ryan Palmer||Patrick Reed|
|6:10 a.m.||Ollie Schniederjans (a)||Kevin Na|
|6:20 a.m.||Brett Rumford||James Morrison|
|6:30 a.m.||Phil Mickelson||Gary Woodland|
|6:45 a.m.||Cameron Tringale||David Lipsky|
|6:55 a.m.||Ryan Fox||Greg Chalmers|
|7:05 a.m.||David Howell||Stewart Cink|
|7:15 a.m.||Brooks Koepka||Romain Langasque (a)|
|7:25 a.m.||Anthony Wall||Matt Jones|
|7:35 a.m.||David Lingmerth||Greg Owen|
|7:45 a.m.||Branden Grace||Paul Casey|
|7:55 a.m.||Martin Kaymer||Padraig Harrington|
|8:05 a.m.||Webb Simpson||Jordan Niebrugge (a)|
|8:15 a.m.||Jimmy Walker||Russell Henley|
|8:30 a.m.||Jordan Spieth||Sergio Garcia|
|8:40 a.m.||Charl Schwartzel||Justin Rose|
|8:50 .am.||Geoff Ogilvy||Anirban Lahiri|
|9:00 a.m.||Steven Bowditch||Hideki Matsuyama|
|9:10 a.m.||Luke Donald||Retief Goosen|
|9:20 a.m.||Paul Dunne (a)||Louis Oosthuizen|
|9:30 a.m.||Jason Day||Robert Streb|
|9:40 a.m.||Adam Scott||Zach Johnson|
|9:50 a.m.||Marc Warren||Paul Lawrie|
|10 a.m.||Danny Willett||Dustin Johnson|