The Open 2022: St Andrews final round updates – live! | The Open


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Matt Cooper is live in St Andrews and regaled us with some tales from the Auld Gray Toon.

A disappointing Open for celebrity scouting – maybe they can’t even get in via ballot. Actress Kathryn Newton has been here, there, and everywhere as an R&A ambassador (I can even happily say she was kind enough to record a wonderful message for my niece coming on set). Elsewhere, Niall Horan was seen at the R&A World Golf Museum, while Tim Henman, Andrew Murray and Gavin Hastings enjoyed whiskey in the tent village. There is a rumor that Robbie Williams has come to town. I saw Panorama’s Kirsty Wark, but I’m not quite sure if she counts as a celebrity. Overall, nothing on the scale of the past, when heavy whispers of George Clooney, Tom Cruise, and even P-Diddy were common.

And another…

Fancy a front row seat today? The Rusacks Hotel, which overlooks the 1st and 18th holes, was recently renovated, with the Manning brothers, NFL players, being part of the group that undertook the project. A rooftop seat this afternoon would cost £3,000 per person.

Can anyone beat the Smith/Burns low round of 64? Danny Willett, 2016 Masters champion and winner of the 2021 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, thinks so. “Greens a bit softer, not much wind. There is a low score there. A good chance for the top two to get away from the pack,” Willett said after closing with a 3-under 69 to finish at -4.

At this point yesterday, Kevin Kisner was threatening to shoot something ridiculous. He finally signed for a 65. Nobody busted the traps like Kisner today – he was -7 after 10 – but world number 11 Sam Burns had a searing finish to shoot 64 and tie the round Cameron Smith’s bottom of the week. Burns finished with four straight birdies, a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks it’s over if someone has a big lead walking to the 15th tee. That eight-under round lifted Burns 56 spots for tied 21st.

Ahhh, lovely. Wait a second, I just got something in my eye. “Music Box Dancer”, as many of you know, was the theme music for “Around With Alliss”. Speaking of the big man, here’s Peter’s commentary on one of golf’s iconic moments. The chuckle after the ball drops is perfect. Pure stone. Imagine if Rory has a four stroke lead on the last hole and pays tribute to Seve’s celebration. I’m getting ahead!

We did the BBC Golf Open theme music on day one, so let Frank Mills play us for today’s closing round with another classic. Take it off big boy…

Frank Moulins

Preamble

Is it day? Is this the day Rory McIlroy ends his eight-year wait for a fifth Major by joining the pantheon of greats for winning an Open Championship at St Andrews? The main threat to McIlroy’s bid to join Jack, Seve, Sir Nick and Tiger is his partner Viktor Hovland. The two traded magnificent 66s when in tandem yesterday, those six under-turns putting them four away from stuttering halfway leader Cameron Smith and USA rookie Cameron Young. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler hides five behind Si Woo Kim, but if McIlroy and Hovland start to birdie the chasing pack might be too far to catch them. An extremely important day in the 150-year history of The Open awaits you. Thanks for joining us for today’s final round: always one of the great days of the sport.

Fourth round standings

-16: McIlroy, Hovland
-12: Young, Blacksmith
-11: SW Kim, Scheffler
-10: D Johnson
-9: Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick, Scott
-8: Spieth, Cantlay

Departures: all BST, (a) means amateur

7:20 am Sam Bairstow
7:30 a.m. Wyndham Clark, Jamie Rutherford
7:40 a.m. David Law Hideki Matsuyama
7:50 am Sungjae Im, Sam Burns
8:00 a.m. Adria Arnaus, Garrick Higgo
8:10 a.m. Laurie Canter, Patrick Reed
8:25 Joaquin Niemann, Cameron Tringale
8:35 am Jordan Smith, Aaron Jarvis (a)
8:45 am Danny Willett, Barclay Brown (a)
8:55 Robert Dinwiddie, Sebastian Munoz
9:05 Yuto Katsuragawa, Lars Van Meijel
9:15 a.m. Jason Kokrak, Kurt Kitayama
9:30 am Marcus Amritage, Justin Thomas
9:40 a.m. Jason Scrivener, Paul Casey
9:50 am Tony Finau, Justin De Los Santos
10:00 a.m. Thriston Lawrence, Thomas Detry
10:10 a.m. Corey Conners, Sergio Garcia
10:20 a.m. Adrien Meronk, John Parry
10:40 a.m. Robert MacIntyre, Talor Gooch
10:50 a.m. Sadom Kaewkanjana, Abraham Ancer
11:00 David Carey, Lee Westwood
11:10 a.m. Harold Varner III, Joo Hyung Kim
11:20 a.m. Brad Kennedy, Filippo Celli (a)
11:30 a.m. Billy Horschel Chris Kirk
11:45 a.m. Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Richard Mansell
11:55 a.m. Sahith Theegala, Min Woo Lee
12:05 Xander Schauele, Lucas Herbert
12:15 p.m. Victor Perez, Jon Rahm
12:25 p.m. Will Zalatoris, Nicolai Hojgaard
12:35 p.m. Anthony Quayle, Ian Poulter
12:55 p.m. Aaron Wise, Dean Burmester
1:05 p.m. Russell Henley, Dyland Frittelli
1:15 p.m. Francesco Molinari, Bryson De Chambeau
1:25 p.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Trey Mullinax
1:35 p.m. Brian Harman, Shane Lowry
1:45 p.m. Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters
2:00 p.m. Jordan Spieth Patrick Cantlay
2:10 p.m. Matt Fitzpatrick, Adam Scott
2:20 p.m. Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood
2:30 p.m. Si Woo Kim, Scottie Scheffler
2:40 p.m. Cameron Young, Cameron Smith
2:50 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland


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