St Andrews (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Australia's Marc Leishman shot the round of the championship as he carded a eight under par 64 to catapult up the leaderboard & stand within one shot of Open front-runner Dustin Johnson on Sunday.
The 34-year-old came within one shot of a record tying score of 63 at a major championship, yet will still be delighted after only making the cut deadline by one shot & starting his third round nine shots off the pace.
Eight birdies in a bogey-free round suddenly puts Leishman, whose best complete at a major was fourth at the 2014 Masters, into the running to become the first Australian to win the Open since Greg Norman at Royal St George's in 1993.
p>Englishman Eddie Pepperell, making his Open debut, was the second early huge mover as he went from two under to nine under through 15 holes thanks to seven birdies without dropping a shot.
Texan Jordan Spieth's quest for a rare third straight major title is underway as he lies six under for the tournament after opening with a birdie & is early into his front nine.
Johnson is set to tee-off at 3p.m. local time on ten under along with Danny Willett who is one shot back & chasing a first English victory at the Open since Nick Faldo in 1992.
Scotland's Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open winner, is moreover two shots back & will tee off after with compatriot Marc Warren on seven under in a crowd pleasing pairing.
American Robbie Fowler carded a 66 to climb to seven under while six other players yet to start were moreover three shots back.
In that group are former world number one Adam Scott, Americans Robert Streb & former Masters winner Zach Johnson, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen, the last man to win at St Andrews in 2010, & Australian Jason Day.
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