Jordan Spieth's secret weapon at Open? Chewing gum

News and notes from the third round of The Open Championship, where Jordan Spieth shot 5-under 65 to take a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar. Kuchar was to double bogey the 16th with even a penultimate hole recovery deemed rather irrelevant as Spieth produced magic in front of the clubhouse.

Weather conditions were far more favorable Saturday than the opening two days, and only two players inside the top 40 failed to break par.

In both cases, history is in play.

Comparisons with Tiger Woods may be premature, but it is hard to ignore that a win on Sunday would give him his third major at the age of 23 - a year younger than Woods when he secured his third major title.

"I'm in a position where it can be very advantageous, just everything I've gone through - the good, the bad, and everything in the middle", he said. I just was a bit sloppy on the 8th hole. The next day, and final round of the tournament, I shot 69 and changed my tune, telling my wife, "Maybe I'll be back". I knew scores would be lower out there. Poulter is now tied with Brooks Koepka for the third place. Hideki Matsuyama and Branden Grace, tipped with just the six places, unfortunately, are now sharing fifth. The Superbook is giving Kuchar the second best odds to win at 5/1, after he shot a four-under 66 on Saturday.

Remarkably, Grace's 62 looked like being matched soon after as Johnson played his first 10 holes in five under par, but the big-hitting American could only find one more birdie and settled for a 64. I started to take out my book and saw the 18th hole and I'm like, 'I can't.' This is not worthy of this.

He made bogey on the ninth to fall into a share of the lead, and was headed for another - or worse - on No.10 when he drove into a pot bunker, blasted out sideways and hit his third shot short and left of the green.

He finished with another birdie and appreciated the omen that could bring in 24 hours' time.

"I played well today", Kuchar said.

American Brooks Koepka, the U.S. Open champion, went round in 68 to finish at five under, level with 20-year-old Canadian Austin Connelly who continued his remarkable run at his first major with a 66. And if I don't win [Sunday], it has nothing to do with that. I was very pleased with my tee to green performance. Aussie hero and former world number one, Jason Day, made up for a lacklustre 76 in the second round with a sparkling 65. He's still seven shots behind Jordan Spieth, but if the wind blows, who knows.

You come at Jordan Spieth, you'd best not miss. "But I'm going to need to shoot probably 9-under, I would imagine".

"So I'll keep my head down, keep focused on whatever goal we set".

Spieth entered the day with a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar, and he only added to that, stiff-arming Kuchar and entering Sunday at 11 under, with a three-stroke lead.

"It's really a dream come true", he said after signing his card. The Masters often becomes a test of a golfer's own will, where the likes of Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia got over their struggles in majors and where so many others have broken through. "But I enjoy it".

He later insisted that he had no idea he had broken the record until being told by his caddie.

Missing from the mix was Rory McIlroy, who looked to be a big threat when he began with three birdies in five holes, driving the green on the shortened par-4 fifth hole.

Poulter was inspired by the rousing home support, but particularly a small boy of "about five or six" who followed him all the way.

"It's been awesome playing in front of everybody and have having the support", he said.

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