Sweden’s Henrik Stenson eagled the 13th hole and charged into second place on Saturday in the third round of the British Open as leader Louis Oosthuizen teed off into gusting winds.
Stenson, who won the biggest title of his career at last year’s US PGA Players Championship, fired four birdies on his outward nine as well and stood second on eight-under par, three off the pace of South African Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen stumbled at the start, opening with a bogey that dropped him to 11-under for the tournament as brisk breezes blowed across the Old Course.
Stenson opened and closed the front nine with birdies and added two more at the par-5 fifth and par-3 eighth.
Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson joined a European charge, each two under on the front nine for the day to reach six-under for the tournament to share third.
Englishmen Lee Westwood and Paul Casey, South Korean amateur Jin Jeong and Spain’s Alejandro Canizares also shared third on six-under, five off the pace along with American Mark Calcavecchia, who began with a bogey.
Top-ranked Tiger Woods was three-under, eight back of Oosthuizen, after going one-over through seven. Woods, who made bogey at the par-5 fifth, lipped out a 60-foot birdie bid at two and missed a 15-foot birdie try at seven.
Calcavecchia, the 1989 Open champion trying to win his second major at age 50, was five strokes behind Oosthuizen in second after 36 holes, both aided by completing their second rounds Friday before high winds hit.
Oosthuizen, who missed the cut in seven of eight prior majors, had the largest midway lead at a British Open since 1982, when American Bobby Clampett led by five at Royal Troon only to collapse and finish in a share of 10th.
Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, won British Open titles in 2000 and 2005 at the Old Course and hopes to become the first three-time Open winner at the birthplace of golf. Woods has not won a title since a sex scandal engulfed him last November and led to a five-month layoff. While he shared fourth at the Masters and US Open, Woods has not shown the overpowering form he once displayed. Jeong, a 20-year-old who won the British Amateur crown last month, and Canizares, the son of four-time Ryder Cup starter Jose Maria Canizares, are both British Open debutantes.