Open Championship 2013: Sunday timeline
7 am – The Golf Monthly team is up early to play Gullane number three. It’s a short but rough-strewn layout with some spectacular holes, including the par-3 11th (below).
9 am – As the final round gets underway, the Golf Monthly team give their predictions on who will prevail at the Open.
Mike Harris: Henrik Stenson
Alex Narey: Tiger Woods
Jezz Ellwood: Lee Westwood
Paul O’Hagan: Tiger Woods
Nick Bonfield: Tiger Woods
10 am – Conditions update: it’s noticeably colder at Muirfield today and the baking sunshine that’s been ever-present over the first three days is yet to arrive. The wind isn’t as strong as it’s been at points throughout the tournament. Conclusion: there is a relatively low round out there.
11.30 am – fight for the Silver Medal. Jimmy Mullen has just carded a second-round 75 to finish 72 holes on 15-over-par. He’s currently five behind Matthew Fitzpatrick, who has seven holes to play.
1.10 pm – Leaders just an hour away from going out. Lee Westwood was very calm in his press conference last night and said he felt no pressure or nerves playing alongside Tiger Woods in round three. Perhaps he is trying to manage his own expectations; perhaps he is being honest; perhaps he’s putting a brave face on it. Still, if he genuinely believes what he says, he’ll have a great chance of major glory today.
1.30 pm – Heading out to the course to walk a few holes with Travelers Champion Ken Duke – the man I spotted strolling into ScotBet in North Berwick at 9.30 pm last night.
3 pm – The crowd in the tented village are going absolutely bisurk as Ian Poulter goes eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie to reach level par. He drops a shot at 16, but one over could win this.
4 pm – At the start of the day, three players were under par. Westwood makes a gutsy bogey putt at seven to stay at two under, one ahead of Henrik Stenson. At this stage, it looks as if level par will be a very competitive 72-hole score.
5.30 pm – Well, a tournament that looked like it would go right down to the wire has come to a slightly anti-climatic end, thanks to the genius of Phil Mickelson. Yes, we all wanted Lee Westwood to do it, but sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say the best man won. A worthy champion indeed.