'Leaderboard will be blown open' - McDowell

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Graeme McDowell says he expects the leaderboard to be ‘blown wide open’ on Saturday afternoon at Royal Troon.

The Northern Irishman, who posted a one-over-par 72 in his third round, says anyone within six shots of the lead could easily haul their way back into the tournament.

“I think this is the type of conditions that could really blow the leaderboard open wide,” he told bunkered.co.uk. “I think anyone within five or six has the chance to get back in the tournament with a 68 (three-under-par) because there’s easily a two, three or four-over-par out there for the leaders.


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“It can get away from you quickly out there but if you play well you can score as well. There are 68s out there but I don’t think there’s a lot less. It’s perfect – a good test – and as long as the rain stays off it’s an afternoon that’ll separate the men from the boys.”

“It’s going to be interesting to see what happens and I really think guys who are five and six back are back in the tournament again. It’s definitely going to be a fun afternoon.”

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