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The Open 2021: Jon Rahm hangs in there as Louis Oosthuizen and Collin Morikawa lead way

The Open 2021: Jon Rahm hangs in there as Louis Oosthuizen and Collin Morikawa lead way

Spanish world No. 2 Jon Rahm kept in touch with the leaders at The Open on Saturday thanks to a third-round 68 to just about keep alive his hopes of adding the Claret Jug title to the US Open title he picked up last month.

The powerful Spaniard started the tournament slowly with a 71 but moved into contention with a second-round 64 and overcame a bogey on the par-five seventh to collect three birdies on the back nine and move within four shots of the lead on a calm day at Royal St George’s.

“It was a really good round. I played some god golf and had some really good highlights,” Rahm said. “Because of the weather conditions it’s easy to think it could have been a little bit better, but the pin locations were no joke. I don’t know if on TV you could appreciate it but those are some of the hardest pin locations collectively I’ve ever seen.

“You can hit the right shots and give yourself chances, but even hitting the right shots you can face some funky putts with difficult breaks and difficult speeds.” Rahm,

who finished at seven under par, knows he will have to produce a special performance on Sunday to overtake pacesetters Louis Oosthuizen, Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa and earn his second major title.

“Hopefully, the leaders don’t get too far away,” he said. “If the forecast is the same, not too windy, then more than five shots will be hard to catch.”

South African Oosthuizen carded a one-under 69 to lead Morikawa of the US by one on 12-under. Fellow American Spieth lies third two strokes further back on nine-under. Corey Conners of Canada and American Scottie Schleffer share fourth spot on eight-under and Rahm is tied with Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes and South African Dylan Frittelli in sixth on seven-under.

Leaderboard

1 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) -12

2 Collin Morikawa (USA) -11

3 Jordan Spieth (USA) -9

T4 Corey Conners (CAN) -8

T4 Scottie Scheffler (USA) -8

T6 Jon Rahm (ESP) -7

T6 Mackenzie Hughes (CAN) -7

T6 Dylan Frittelli (RSA) -7

T9 Cameron Smith (AUS) -6

T9 Justin Harding (RSA) -6

T9 Marcel Siem (GER) -6