Spieth in the thick of things

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – With the exception of midway leader Dustin Johnson, the competitors at the British Open pretty much had their way at St. Andrews in the third round of the British Open. Johnson began the day at 10-under with a one-stroke lead but shot a 3-over 75 to finish play 7 under par, five strokes off the lead.

At the start of final round play on Monday the lead will be shared by Jason Day, 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Irish amateur Paul Dunne at 12 under par. One shot off the pace, after a third-round 6-under 66, is Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth. His round featured seven birdies and a bogey.

The 22-year-old Dunne is the first amateur to have a share of the lead in the Open after three rounds since Bobby Jones in 1927.

The round was played in perfect conditions, which led to low scores for pretty much everybody but Johnson, who had four bogeys and just one birdie. His putting was so off base that he bogeyed the final three holes.

Because of the delays in the second round, the third major of the year will be completed on Monday.

It will be the first Monday finish at the British Open since 1988 at Lytham and the forecast calls for stronger wins and some rain.

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