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Summary

  1. -12 Stenson; -11 Mickelson
  2. -6 Haas: - 5 Johnston; -4 J B Holmes
  3. Selected: -3 Stricker, Finau, Kjeldsen; -2 Bradley, Garcia; -1 D Johnson, Z Johnson
  4. E McIlroy; +1 Day; +2 Rose; +5 Spieth, B Watson; +7 Willett; +12 Montgomerie
  5. Watch: McIlroy smashes club in frustration
  6. BBC Two highlights at 20:00

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By Michael Emons and Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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Stenson -12, Mickelson -11

Time to watch the BBC Two highlights from the third day of the Open, so press the play button at the top of this page and sit back and enjoy.

We will leave the live text commentary there for today after a great day of golf. Thank you for all your comments and pictures.

Our live text on the final day tomorrow will start at midday. You don't want to miss it. It is going to be a dramatic afternoon of golf.

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson
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The Stenson show

Henrik Stenson is 68, 65, 68 so far this week. Can the Swede become the first champion to card four rounds at the Open Championship in the 60s since Tiger Woods in 2000?

We'll find out tomorrow....

Open champions with 4 rounds in 60s: • 1993 Greg Norman • 1994 Nick Price • 2000 Tiger Woods • 2016 Henrik Stenson?

Open champions with 4 rounds in 60s: • 1993 Greg Norman • 1994 Nick Price • 2000 Tiger Woods • 2016 Henrik Stenson?

'It's a great challenge'

Mickelson -11

Some more quotes from Phil Mickelson, who started the day in the lead, but ended it in second.

"It wasn't like the first two days. I struggled and it could have been a round that got away from me but it didn't," Mickelson told Sky Sports

"I did not take advantage of the easy holes going out, I really struggled. Coming back in it was very difficult into the wind but I was able to play at even par. You just have to get the ball in the hole.

"It's a great opportunity, a great challenge. Henrik is playing really good golf and I'm going to have to go and shoot a good number."

Sunday's forecast

Weather
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Well, the weather's looking better tomorrow. Though if you're Colin Montgomerie out early in the morning then you might want to take a brolly. But Monty's used to the Troon climate, of course.

It should be dry from 09:00 BST, and there'll even be a touch of sun for those heading out in the afternoon, if they're lucky.

'Nice to be in the mix'

Haas -6 (18)

American Bill Haas, 34, will be hoping the top two slip-up on Sunday as he is third on six under.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Haas said: "We got the better end of the deal, this morning looked difficult.

"I haven't knocked on the door at majors many times, so it is nice to be in the mix and I am up for the challenge.

"I know my family are proud of what I am doing, I am proud of them. They are pulling for me back home."

Haas is the son of former PGA Tour player Jay Haas.

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'Extremely popular'

Stenson -12 (18)

Republic of Ireland's Shane Lowry, who did not make the cut after being seven over after two rounds, is another player praising the current leader Henrik Stenson.

Henrik would be an extremely popular winner tomorrow. Good luck to him and Lordy. #theopen

'I have to get my rhythm back'

Mickelson -11

Phil Mickelson, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a day when I didn't have my best day, My rhythm was out of sorts. I am looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow.

"Henrik and I have played a lot more holes together over the years in Ryder Cups and majors. I enjoy playing with him, I respect him and we will have a good final round.

"Tomorrow I have to get my rhythm back, play like I did the first couple of days and shoot a good score."

Phil Mickelson
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WATCH: Mclroy explains why he smashed club

McIlroy E (18)

Rory McIlroy is tied 18th on level par after three rounds, and a frustrating day for him saw him smash his three wood after a poor shot on the 16th fairway.

He has been telling a press conference why he did it.

"I had let one go right on the previous hole with a three iron and it was just a bad swing," said McIlroy.

"No-one likes to make the same mistake twice and that's what happened."

McIlroy explains why he smashed club

Henrik's revenge?

Stenson -12, Mickelson -11 (18)

Will this year be Henrik Stenson's revenge? 

The Swede finished second to Phil Mickelson at Muirfield in the 2013 Open Championship when Lefty birdied four of the last six holes to win by three shots and collect his only Claret Jug. 

Stenson is still waiting for a major title...

He's been in the mix plenty of times, but this is new ground for the 40-year-old who has never led the field at this stage of a major before. It's all to play for on the final day at Troon.

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson
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This was the scene at the end of the 2013 Open, with Phil Mickelson holding the Claret Jug, and Henrik Stenson watching on enviously

The lowest Open score at Troon (after 54 holes)

Stenson -12 (18)

Lowest 54 hole scores at Troon: 201: Stenson 2016 202: Mickelson 2016 202: Parnevik 1997 #TheOpen

Masters champion Willett to cheer on fellow European

Stenson -12 (18)

COME ON!! @henrikstenson gonna be a great day of golf tomorrow for ppl! I should be done and dusted and home with my feet up ready to watch!

'I'm right where I want to be'

Stenson -12 (18)

Third-round leader Henrik Stenson is understandably delighted. He tells Sky Sports: "You want to get a few birdies in early and it was a fast start, then I had a couple of wobbles on five and eight.

"But I played a really solid last six or seven holes into the wind.

"I'm playing really nicely and I know Phil will not back off, he is one of the finest players to have played in the last 50 years but I'm right where I want to be."

Highlights

Sublime from Stenson, fantastic from Phil, brilliant from Beef? You can catch all the best - and the bizarre - from the day's golf during day three at Royal Troon in our highlights package on BBC Two at 20:00 BST.

New ground for Stenson

Stenson -12 (18)

Henrik Stenson has the 54 hole lead at a Major for the first time in his career (41 starts). #TheOpen

Henrik Stenson has the 54 hole lead at a Major for the first time in his career (41 starts). #TheOpen

Day three leaderboard

-12 Henrik Stenson (Sweden)

-11 Phil Mickelson (United States)

-6 Bill Haas (United States)

-5 Andrew Johnston (England)

-4 JB Holmes (United States)

-3 Steve Stricker, Tony Finau (both United States), Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark),

-2 Patrick Reed, Keegan Bradley (both United States), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Sergio Garcia (Spain).

Full leaderboard here.

'Great play by both Mickelson and Stenson'

Stenson -12, Mickelson -11 (18)

Jay Townsend

Former European Tour player on BBC Radio 5 live

When Phil Mickelson picked his ball out of the hole there was no eye contact made with Henrik Stenson, normally they say 'well played', but there was nothing there.  

Great play by both players on a very difficult day, they do shake hands and you can see they enjoy playing against each other and will look forward to battling against each other tomorrow.

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson
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Stenson takes lead into Sunday

Stenson -12 (18) Mickelson -11 (18)

So Phil Mickelson pops that putt in from three or four foot to make par and card 70 for the third round, one under for the day.

In front of the grandstand, Henrik Stenson has about half that distance to contend with and makes no mistake. He cards 68 for the day's play.

That means the Swede is the leader heading in to the final day at Royal Troon. Mickelson trails by one stroke, and both will be venturing out alongside one another again tomorrow.

Bunker brilliance from Lefty

Stenson -12 (17) Mickelson -11 (17)

Plenty of wet sand on Phil Mickelson's ball, but that doesn't bother the American. He's straight into the bunker and fires through the sand to power it on to the green and leave him several feet from the flag.

Henrik Stenson bumps his on from the side and that stops around a foot closer to the cup than his playing partner's.

'Do you want to pick me up?'

Johnston -5 (18)

Gerald Scott

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The American press, used to the surly post-round interview-room manner of some British golfers, have particularly taken to chirpy 27-year-old Londoner Andrew Johnston.

But their line of questioning that he might be a bit of a 'salad dodger', when asking about the size of the pizza he'd had, got perhaps a bit too personal at one point.

One asked: "How much do you weigh?"

A surprised but nonetheless sportingly unflustered Johnston brought the house down and shut the interviewer up by replying: "I don't know. Do you want to pick me up?"

Mickelson finds the bunker

Stenson -12 (17) Mickelson -11 (17)

Phil Mickelson takes his time over this approach, deep in conversation with his caddy before telling him "this should be do-able".

It's a little awkward for the left-hander having to play at it down a slight slope. Oh dear. He comes up short and the shot finds its way into a bunker about 20 yards from the pin. And he's not happy with an over-eager cameraman behind him.

Henrik Stenson pushes his approach further left, it avoids the bunker and it is the Swede who will be happier strolling up the 18th.

WATCH: Mickelson chips in for a birdie at the 13th

Mickelson -11 (17)

Phil Mickelson has won the Open Championship before and at the moment it looks a straight fight between the American and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

One of Mickelson's most successful shots today came on the 13th, when he putted for a birdie.

Who is Beef?

Johnston -5 (18)

He has become a cult hero and is now fourth at The Open, but who is Beef?

  • Ranked 104th in the world.
  • Won the Spanish Open in April, his first European tour win and then declared “I can’t wait to get hammered.”
  • A member of North Middlesex Golf Club.
  • Scored a hole-in-one at the BMW PGA Championship in May 2015 to win a car and celebrated on the tee by chest bumping a mate
  • Drove a beefburger on the driving range at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
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Beef on salad and pizza

Johnston -5 (18)

It did not take long for Andrew 'Beef' Johnston to get round to talking food in another fun-packed post-round Troon press conference full of great one liners, following his one-under-par 70.

"When I was asked on TV last night what I was going to have for tea, I said 'Caesar Salad', so I had one bloke screaming 'Caesar Salad' at me for the first six holes. It was hilarious.

"Actually, I had a pizza in the end. Just a 10-inch one. I like Caesar Salad. I just don't tend to choose it."

Leaders play the last

Stenson -12 (17) Mickelson -11 (17)

So Henrik Stenson, the leader, strikes his tee shot slightly left and watches it swing right in the South Ayrshire breeze, that's nicely in the middle of the fairway.

Phil Mickelson follows, his ball takes a similar trajectory but with a little more draw to the right finds the slightly longer grass.

Stenson takes the lead

Stenson -12 (17) Mickelson -11 (17)

Henrik Stenson's tee shot leaves him with a 16-foot putt to make birdie and take a share of the lead. He does it, wonderful putt, he started wandering towards that one as it was on its way to the hole - the Swede knew that was in as soon as he made contact.

Phil Mickelson, having played a shot extra, has to attack his putt from a similar distance but to the opposite side of the pin, and he doesn't make it. 

Only a fourth bogey of the championship for Lefty, but one that drops him to second. Stenson therefore takes the lead.

Henrik Stenson
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'I'm going to have to shoot under par on the back nine'

Haas -6 (18)

American Bill Haas has never finished inside the top 10 of a major, and will start the final day in third position on six under.

"It is not a good record (in majors) and I'm a better player than that," Haas told Sky Sports. "I have not done it yet, but after three rounds I'm doing OK so hopefully I can hang in there.

"If I want to win, I'm going to have to shoot under par on the back nine and that will be the best nine holes of my life."

'Boom'

Mickelson -12 (16) Stenson -11 (16)

"That's OK, Phil," shouts a supporter in the crowd straddling the 17th fairway, but the American doesn't look so sure as his tee shot trickles off the fairway.

"Boom" is the shout - perhaps from the same spectator? - following Henrik Stenson's effort off the tee box, and that's because he's landed it nicely on the green.

Johnston -5 (18)

The p̶e̶n̶ultimate pairing.

The p̶e̶n̶ultimate pairing.

'I had so much fun out there'

Johnston -5 (18)

Andrew "Beef" Johnston speaking to Radio 5 live said: "That was fantastic, I had so much fun out there. I am loving it, the support is amazing.

"Life has changed a bit, but I am doing the same things, getting up, playing golf and enjoying myself.

"I had a job interview in the city and was offered the job for a week's trial. I was in Starbucks and made the decision to carry on playing golf or do something else. My heart came out and I carried on playing golf - luckily I made that decision.

"Tomorrow I will carry on as I have been for the last three days, I will concentrate, not give up and be happy."

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Mickelson regains lead

Mickelson -12 (16) Stenson -11 (16)

A birdie for Phil Mickelson moves him back into an outright lead. Confident putting from the American to stroke it in from around eight or nine feet.

Henrik Stenson, following a tidy bunker shot to ease it within four feet of the pin, saves par to stop the American pulling away any further.

Reigning champion Zach Johnson struggles today

Z Johnson -1 (18)

Last year's champion Zach Johnson said he was not too happy at having to give the Claret Jug back a few days ago.

Well, he is going to have to go some on Sunday to get his hands back on the trophy after a disappointing round of four over.

His third round started well with a birdie at the second, but that was as good as it got for him. Double bogeys on the fifth and 10th, as well as a bogey at the last, have left him on one under overall, a score only good enough for tied 13th at the moment.

Stenson in the sand

Stenson -11 (15) Mickelson -11 (15)

Not a good lie on the left for Henrik Stenson at the par-five 16th. He found the rough from the tee and has to chop it back on to the fairway from the right but it leaves him almost 180 yards from the flag.

He goes for green, but that finds sand instead. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, makes the green in three. Not just that, he's within 10 feet and has another chance at a birdie.

Haas aims for first top-10 major finish

Haas -6 (18)

American Bill Haas has never finished inside the top 10 of a major, but he will be devastated if he does not do so here.

After three rounds at Royal Troon, the world number 35 is currently third on the leaderboard, five strokes behind the pairing of Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson. Haas shot a 68 on Thursday, a 70 yesterday and a 69 today to sit on six under.

He had his best day with the putter today, only needing 25 putts, compared to 27 and 29 on day one and two respectively.

Windy practice of no help

Willett +7 (18)

Masters champion Danny Willett has not been the only one struggling to cope with playing into the wind at Royal Troon this week.

But one of his key frustrations, he admitted after a third-round 74, is that the practice ground limits what you can do.

"You can't do much on the range," he said. "It's straight downwind, so you can't see whether it's good or bad."

Danny Willett
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Stenson in the rough

Stenson -11 (15) Mickelson -11 (15)

Henrik Stenson takes a three wood to the 16th tee, but that one drops into a spot of rough.

Phil Mickelson struts straight up to his tee shot with a big left-hander that avoids that patch of long grass and puts him on the fairway.

Incidentally, Stenson appears to have adopted Mickelson's tactic of attaching a binder clip to his cap. If you can't beat 'em...

'Remember it forever'

Johnston -5 (18)

Well done @BeefGolf top job.... Nothing like being in the hunt @TheOpen with the home crowd cheering you on. You will remember it forever😀👍

All level at the top

Stenson -11 (15) Mickelson -11 (15)

So, back with the leaders and Henrik Stenson has a chance for a second successive birdie. This one's at about 15 or 16 feet, but the Swede knows immediately he hasn't hit it - something you have to do on the slower greens at Troon on Saturday.

He settles for par.

Phil Mickelson is attacking the pin from about half that distance for par, and he makes it - that bogey at the 14th was only his third of the week.

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Devil's Advocate: I hope the country gets behind the nicest man in sport. Andrew 'Beef' Johnston to win The Open.

Beef in contention

Johnston -5 (18)

Where's the beef? Well, right in contention.

Where's the beef? Well, right in contention.