Keep that card
Henrik Stenson: After a riveting duel with Phil Mickelson in the last group, Stenson finished with a 3-under 68 that leaves him with a 12-under total at Royal Troon, ahead by one stroke. Saturday's performance, which matched the best round of the day, gives the 40-year-old his best shot yet at becoming the first male golfer from Sweden to capture a major championship.
Toss that card
Keegan Bradley: The 2011 PGA Championship winner put himself in fine position with rounds of 67 and 68 to start the Open. But he missed a 5-footer for par on No. 18 — his fourth bogey of the back nine — to close out a disappointing 5-over 76 on Saturday. Bradley flung his putter toward his golf bag in a sign of disgust. The round puts him at 2 under for the championship.
On the course with …
Rory McIlroy: The 27-year-old from Northern Ireland finished the third round with only 13 clubs in his bag. After a poor shot at the 16th hole, McIlroy threw his 3-wood and broke off the head. McIlroy's frustration had been building as he plodded through a mediocre round. He finished at 2-over 73 to drop to even par for the championship, all but ending his chances of making a run at his second Open title.
Playing on his home course, Colin Montgomerie will walk his final round in a British Open alone. Montgomerie, 53, has stated he will no longer try to qualify for the Open. And after his 79 on Saturday, Montgomerie dropped to 12 over for the championship — dead last among the 81 players to make the cut.
• Tony Finau's tee shot at the 100-yard No. 8 spun back and hit the flagstick for a near ace. But the ricochet forced his ball into a pot bunker, and he made bogey.
Par-4, 499-yard No. 15: Eight players walked off the green with a 6 or worse. There were just two birdies. Take a bow, Jason Dufner and Kevin Chappell.
Quote of the day
" I get you've got to cover it. But why do you have to interfere with it?"
— Mickelson, barking at a cameraman on No. 18 after his shot found a bunker amid shutter clicks.
Tweet of the day
"Phil's been cracking wise all week about golf gods. Stenson's caddie is named Lord. #Doomed."
— Bleacher Report golf writer Steve Elling (@EllingYelling)
Does Mickelson win another, Stenson win his first or Mother Nature prevail? Ch. 11 has coverage, with the leaders set for 8:35 a.m. Central time.