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Tracking Ryan Moore at the British Open: Third round

This week: The British Open, Thursday through Sunday, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England.

Third-round score: 1-over-par 73.

Position: Moore (5-under 211) is tied for 12th, 11 strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (16-under 200).

Recap: Well, the bad news first — the Cascade Christian graduate will not be winning his first major this week at Royal Liverpool. He has been sharp from tee to green (hit 42 of 54 greens in regulation, ranking No. 2 in the field behind Kristoffer Broberg’s 43), but Moore just hasn’t made enough putts to capitalize (his 13 one-putts for the week ranks No. 106). He started poorly Saturday, hitting his approach shot into the greenside bunker on the first hole, then missing a 15-foot putt to save par. His worst sequence of the week came at the par-4 seventh hole. His tee shot landed in a prickly gorse bush, and he had to take a drop for a one-stroke penalty. His third shot clipped the same bush and did not reach the green. He ended up making a double bogey. Moore settled down to make birdies at No. 11 (made a 16-foot putt from behind the hole) and at the finishing par-5 holes, No. 16 and No. 18. He reached the green on No. 18 in two shots after his second shot hopped over a bunker and settled 30 feet away from the cup.

Tee time Sunday: 5:20 a.m. (PDT) off the first tee with Scotland’s Marc Warren. For live progress of Moore’s round, go to http://scores.theopen.com/Leaderboard.aspx

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