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Double bogey hurts Darren Clarke as leader Stephen Dodd equals low round record

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Darren Clarke is three shots behind leader Stephen Dodd

Darren Clarke is three shots behind leader Stephen Dodd

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Darren Clarke is three shots behind leader Stephen Dodd

A late double-bogey in his third round has Darren Clarke playing catch-up golf in the final day of The Senior Open as he goes in search of his first seniors Major title at Sunningdale.

The former European Ryder Cup captain started his day with a one-shot lead, but a sensational course record equalling eight-under 62 from Stephen Dodd and a poor finish from Clarke has the Welshman two clear at the top of the leaderboard on 11-under with just one round to go.

Clarke had his chances to tie Dodd at the top, but a short birdie miss at the par-three 13th when 10-under and then a three-putt par at the par-five 14th cost him the opportunity to reclaim the solo lead.

And worse was to come as the 52-year-old dropped two shots at the 17th, which led to a level-par 70 that has him three back of Dodd in his bid to become only the fourth player to win both The Open and The Senior Open.

Dodd was excellent on day three at Sunningdale, carding nine birdies and just one dropped shot in his 62 — the joint lowest round in Senior Open history — as he opened up a two shot advantage over America’s Jerry Kelly, who fired a 68 to sit nine-under.


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