The Forecast is over par — Round 3 of the Open Championship

9:45 a.m.

Oh boy. The wind is howling, and the prospects are not good for par- anywhere.

If the morning groups give any indication, this is going to be an ugly day of golf at Royal Birkdale.

This may be the day when the feel-good stories that make us forget about Tiger Woods on crutches come crashing down. David Duval is already 2 over through three holes, falling to  4 over for the tournament. And the so the question becomes — what will Greg Norman do?

Phil Mickelson is done. Had he shot par today, he might’ve found himself in the thick of things by the end of the third round. Check that, he would’ve. Alas, it didn’t happen, as Lefty has been battered to the tune of 6 over, falling to 13 over and out of it.

Ben Curtis might be the player best off. He completed his third round with an even-par 70, keeping him at 7 over. Where might be he be when the day ends? He’s already holding at a tie for 19th. He may be in the top 5 by Sunday. Retief Goosen is re-emerging, sitting at par through 11 and 6 over for the championship.

6 over may win.

It will be a day of attrition. Even for the players at the top of the leaderboard, the ones playing well this week, the start is not good. With two groups left to tee off, no one in the previous five groups is even par for the day, despite playing fewer than five holes. 

The wind is here. So is the carnage.

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