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Jon Rahm did not achieve the dream lap in the so-called ‘moving day’, but he signed a card of 68 strokes (-2), enough to continue with victory options at the 149th Open Championship, which takes place on the Royal St.George’s English course. Jon occupies the sixth place, with a total of 203 strokes (-7), accompanied by the Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, and the South African Dylan Fritelli.
Barrika’s had to settle for subtracting only two shots to the field in a day where he returned to play well from tee to green, although luck did not accompany him with the putter, as happened on the first day. The Basque he left too many options, especially in the second nine holes, where he signed three birdies at 12, 14 and 17, but he left a few more that would have sent him to the top of the rankings.
Jon, as always, started aggressive knowing that he needed to get close to the lead, and paid for it with an initial bogey that he recovered in the three, with a new birdie at six, they stumbled again at seven to close out the first nine with 35 shots. Rahm achieved that 68 which was not what he had projected, but it allows him to continue with options to lift the Claret Jar in the final 18.
And it is that with ahe excellent weather conditions, with sun and little wind, it seemed that the top finishers were going to escape from the top. But in the end, the difference is not insurmountable, five strokes behind the leader, the South African Louis Oosthuizen (-12).
And is that Oosthuizen was not as fine as in the first two days and had to be content with 69 shots (-1), enough to continue leading, but with everything open for the last 18 holes on Sunday.
Behind, fierce pursuers such as Americans Collin Morikawa (68) and Jordan Spieth (69), one and three strokes respectively behind the leader. Corey Conners and Scottie Scheffler are the other two players ahead of Rahm, who should already be doing the numbers he needs on Sunday.
Best lap in third matchday was for the only Scotsman in the field, Robert McIntyre, with 65 strokes (-5), although behind in qualifying.