OPEN UPDATES: Harrington and Dunne out on the Old Course

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The headlines coming into this week were all about Jordan Spieth and his mission to complete the third leg of a calendar grand slam of majors after victories at the Masters and US Open.

But a host of other stories have developed over the weekend with the tournament forced into a fifth day due to high winds on Saturday, an Irish amateur in the final group out, a resurgent Padraig Harrington battling for a third Claret Jug and the most congested leaderboard going into the final round of a major for some time.

Paul Dunne drops his ball after playing onto the practice green practice green during day five of The Open Championship.

Spieth is just one shot off the lead held by amateur Paul Dunne, 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen and perennial major contender Jason Day and could yet claim the title and the headlines but we’re sure to be in for a bumpy ride over the next five hours or so.




Wall moves to within one of the lead after putting his tee shot on 11 to within inches for a tap in.

Dunne misses his putt on two for a bogey-bogey start but he did well to drop just the one after his tee shot.

Three birdies in four for Marc Leishman who is now 12 under alongside Scott who birdies six. The Aussies are on the charge.

There are currently 16 players within three shots of the lead so Ivor Robson may well be needed for a play-off. Don’t put the microphone back in the box just yet.

Zach Johnson takes a share of the lead with a birdie on seven as Oosthuizen catches the lip with a birdie putt on three and settles for par

Dunne stops the rot with par on the same hole and gets the biggest cheer of the day so far.

The rain has stopped now but the wind is still blowing and the weather could still play a major part.


The weather has really turned nasty but that does not appear to be a concern for Spieth who pummels a drive down the second.

Sergio Garcia is creeping up the leaderboard and a birdie-par-birdie start moves him to 11 under. What a popular winner he would be at tea time.

11 under is now two off the lead, though, as a birdie on the first moves Oosthuizen to 13 under and the outright lead.

Poor start for Dunne who nearly put his second shot in the Swilcan Burn and drops to 11 under.

Donald is in the clubhouse with a share of the lead after a 68. A bogey on the Road Hole saw him drop back but it has been a productive week for the former world number one who is slowly finding his form again.

Zach Johnson misses a long eagle chance on five but makes the birdie to move to 12 under alongside Harrington, Spieth and Day.

It gets worse for Dunne whose tee shot on two has landed on the 18th green on the New Course. He’ll get a drop from there but he is a long, long way away.

Nerves understandable from the 22-year-old and none of this will make him feel any better.

Dunne has taken that second shot and he is back on the right fairway with a short pitch in which he plays nicely. Amazingly, he’ll have a putt for par.

Meanwhile, birdie for Scott at five and he is two back.

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