With a two-under par, Brian Harman held on to the British Open lead at the end of the third round but Cameron Young and Jon Rahm came close. Antoine Rozner, fourth at seven strokes, is well placed before the last day of competition.
Brian Harman holds the helm. The American, the only leader of the British Open after the second round played on Friday, held on to first place on Saturday. A day which however did not start in the best of ways with two bogeys on the first four holes. Coming to his senses from hole number 5, he finished the first leg with a card in par. The sequence of two birdies at 12 and then at 13 allowed Brian Harman to conclude this third round with a card at twelve shots under par.
If he was five strokes ahead of Tommy Fleetwood at the start of the course, the threat is now called Cameron Young. Seventh this Friday, the American made one of the best cards with five shots under par, six birdies for a bogey, to be only five lengths behind the leader before the last 18 holes. Jon Rahm has not said his last word either. With eight birdies for no bogey, the Spaniard gained 36 places to move into third place just six shots behind Brian Harman.
Exemplary from Brian Harman.
He leads by five, and is just 18 holes away from the biggest win of his life. pic.twitter.com/7rCiwE9P99
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 22, 2023
Rozner on course for huge performance
On the French side, the satisfaction of the day is for Antoine Rozner. At the gates of the Top 10 at the end of the day this Friday, the native of Paris is now within reach of the podium. After starting the course with two birdies on the first five holes, the bogey of number 9 will remain an anecdote. An eagle at number 15 gave him confidence. Ending the day on a birdie at number 18, Antoine Rozner ended the day with a four-under-par card, seven in total. Gaining four positions, the Habs are now tied for fourth with Viktor Hovland, Jason Day, Sepp Straka and Tommy Fleetwood. A quintet that is seven strokes behind Brian Harman.
« I recovered well compared to yesterday (Friday) when I was less in shape on the big gameconfided Antoine Rozner in remarks collected by the daily Le Figaro. I managed to get back into it well and I had a great game. I felt good. It wasn’t as solid as Thursday, but I’m really happy, with a good attitude. With a card two strokes under par, Romain Langasque moved up to 17th place when Victor Perez, in par this Saturday, is 57th fifteen strokes behind the leader.
GOLF / BRITISH OPEN
Ranking after the 3rd round (par 71) – Saturday July 22, 2023
1- Brian Harman (USA) 201 (67-65_69)
2- Cameron Young (USA) 206 (72-68-66)
3- Jon Rahm (ESP) 207 (74-70-63)
4- Viktor Hovland (NOR) 208 (70-72-66)
– Antoine Rozner (FRA) 208 (67-74-67)
– Jason Day (AUS) 208 (72-67-69)
– Sepp Strakka (AUT) 208 (71-67-70)
– Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 208 (74-70-65)
9- Alex Fitzpatrick (ENG) 209 (74-70-65)
– Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 209 (68-71-70)
17- Romain Langasque (FRA) 211 (70-74-67)
57- Victor Perez (FRA) 216 (74-71-71)