The British Open Championship is back in action for Round 3 on Sunday and the final round may come Monday from St. Andrews after bad win over the weekend and this comes as Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have been battling in the lead for the Claret Jug and coverage is from ESPN and WatchESPN for TV streaming.
Johnson has been looking to bounce back from his last major performance and he has been strong at St. Andrews with two sub-70 scores. Johnson and the rest of the field had to battle wind on Saturday and many golfers felt that it was a mistake to play and now there could be a Monday finish for the major. Danny Willett has been in the mix and he had a day with his 66 to start and things could stay tight heading into the final round.
Spieth started off strong with a 67 and then went for a 72 in round 2 and he is looking for the grand slam after winning the Masters and the US Open. Johnson putted away the Open and now he is trying to stay atop the leaderboard at St. Andrews. Spieth had a run of three birdies to take a lead at one point during the third round of play and he will be looking to stay into the mix on Monday. There were multiple weather delays leading into the third round through the tournament and coming into Sunday Johnson was the overnight leader on the board.
Spieth was not happy about the wind day on Saturday and it was very tough for some golfers to even get their balls to stay still on the greens. The wind day really had an effect on play and things picked up after the R&A decided to make the move to have the players take the course. Tiger Woods is not in the mix after not making the cut and he now resets once again after a tough performance at a major. Woods did not play well at St. Andrews and this could be his last open there, as it is not set to return for a few years.
Spieth is in great position to win three straight majors and he would be only the second player to do it if he can take the British Open. Spieth and Johnson look like they can have a nice rivalry and it would be big for Johnson to bounce back to win this major after his last championship performance at the end.
The Open Championship is the most prestigious major in golf and the oldest tournament and after a nice start on Thursday in round one, Zach Johnson is atop the leaderboard while Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and a host of other players are within close distance of the top after shooting a two under par to open the major.
ESPN will be airing complete coverage during the week and the weekend for the 142nd championship and it will go from July 18 to July 21 and the network will have over 60 hours of coverage of the event, including encores of the live broadcasts. ESPN is also broadcasting from the event on radio and fans can listen online and stream through WatchESPN. The first two rounds will be live on ESPN on television and on WatchESPN online and it will start at 4 am Eastern live from Scotland and will go until 3 pm. The third round will begin at 7 am and last through 2:20 pm, while the finals round on Sunday will start at 6 am and will go through 1:30 pm or later if needed.
For any viewers that miss the live broadcasts due to the early starts for the time difference, ESPN and ESPN2 will air an edited encore of the coverage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and there will also be highlights in the afternoon after each day's play. SportsCenter will broadcast live from the major championship and it will be headlined with Scott Van Pelt and Mike Tirico as well as Andy North, Curtis Strange and David Duval. The Open Championship is the oldest major in the sport of golf and when players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson descend on the course on Thursday, they will be taking part in the 16th occurrence of the event at the location and the first since 2002, which was won by Ernie Els, who is the defending champion for the tournament.