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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons and Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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  1. Watch the highlights now

    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
  2. 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....

  3. '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."

  4. Sunday's forecast


    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.

  5. '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.

  6. '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.

  7. '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
  8. 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."

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    Video caption: McIlroy explains why he smashed club
  9. 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
    Image caption: This was the scene at the end of the 2013 Open, with Phil Mickelson holding the Claret Jug, and Henrik Stenson watching on enviously
  10. The lowest Open score at Troon (after 54 holes)

    Stenson -12 (18)

  11. Masters champion Willett to cheer on fellow European

    Stenson -12 (18)

  12. '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."

  13. 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.

  14. New ground for Stenson

    Stenson -12 (18)

  15. 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.

  16. '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
  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 'Do you want to pick me up?'

    Johnston -5 (18)

    Gerald Scott

    BBC Sport Online

    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?"

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