The Open Social Round-Up: First-tee mix-up for Haas, train trouble for Bubba


Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson threatened to turn The Open into a two-horse race on Saturday.

We take a look at how round three at Royal Troon played out over social media.


Bubba Watson was hoping to get back on track after only just making the cut, but another wayward iron shot onto the railway line at 11 was not what the two-time Masters champion had in mind.

As the leaders prepared to begin round three, scoring was proving tricky.

Stenson made a statement of intent by sinking a birdie putt at the first to move level with Mickelson.

As many faltered, JB Holmes climbed into contention with a fine front nine.

The final pairing soon surged clear of the field, while Bill Haas emerged as their nearest rival after shaking off a false start to his round.

Mickelson was two clear when he followed fine par saves at 11 and 12 with a birdie on 13, while keeping a bogey off his card.

Yet there were still twists ahead, as Stenson twice benefited from two-shot swings either side of Mickelson birdieing 16.

The Swede will head into Sunday with a one-shot lead and Masters champion Danny Wilett, who sits tied 65th, cheering him on.