The Open Diary: I know I've seen your Grace somewhere...


The 146th Open Championship's third round saw birdies and eagles aplenty, with a new major record set as the weather gave everyone a break (for the most part!).

As Branden Grace tore up the history books and Jordan Spieth took sole possession of the lead, Omnisport's reporters were on the ground to get a fresh perspective on events at Royal Birkdale.



Becoming the first man to break 63 at a major is likely to increase your profile somewhat.

But in the midst of his historic round, Grace was still able to fly a little under some people's radar.

One spectator managed to confuse the South African with another player who, frankly, looks nothing like him from any distance.

"Ah, look, this is [Jon] Rahm, the young lad who won the Irish Open," he said as Grace arrived on the 14th green.

It's not a problem Grace is likely to encounter too often from now on.



Tommy Fleetwood has been getting plenty of attention this week as the local favourite and his appearances in the mixed zone have attracted a throng of journalists.

But when he stepped onto one of the three podiums just behind the 18th green at the end of his third-round 66, the hometown hero's face was obscured by a microphone that stood ridiculously high on its stand.

"I don't know who was in here before me," said a bemused Fleetwood.

"Peter Crouch was!" came the witty reply from one man among the press pack.



With an odd number of players having made the cut, Shaun Norris was down to play on his own.

But Grace's compatriot - who carded a fine 65 - did get the company of Birkdale club professional Gregg Pettersen, who acted as his marker.

For 38-year-old Pettersen, the huge crowds lining the course were a novel experience indeed.

He said: "For me it was just a bit surreal. Just an amazing experience.

"I've been here for 15 years as a professional, so get to play links obviously quite regularly. I've never played in front of that sort of crowd at all over the years. It's just been maybe a couple of people spectating."