Two-time Major Champion Sandy Lyle will lead the home challenge on the final day of the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, with the Scot hoping he can sign off with something special at Royal Birkdale.
After a one under par third round of 69, Lyle is six shots behind leader Bernhard Langer, but feels he still has a chance of catching the German, who was the last European winner of the Senior Open in 2010.
“I feel like I can give Langer a bit of a fright now,” said Lyle, who is tied for fourth on four under par along with Australian Peter Fowler and American Gene Sauers. “If he just lets one or two slip on a few holes, you never know in this game. It's a very open tournament right now.
Having made the cut at last week’s Open Championship, Lyle is beginning to show glimpses of the kind of form that led him to an Open Championship in 1985 and a Green Jacket three years later.
“It's the sort of thing that you're hoping you're going to get one of those weeks where you're right up there,” he said. “I've had a miserable time for quite a few years on the US Champions Tour and playing over in Europe. I’ve just not playing the game that I know I can play. But you put that doubt in your mind and you think, yes, maybe I'm getting older and things are not quite the same.
“But the last few months have been a little bit of daylight in the tunnel and I’m hitting the ball a lot better and keeping the ball in play. On the range, it's been pretty good stuff. I think that we are getting closer, getting it closer.
“It's just bringing it on the golf course and you have mental hazards to get over and certain shots that maybe send the wrong message to the muscles or the brain, and you just get on with it. Today was one of those days where you keep fearing certain shots might happen but doesn't happen and so you get some good momentum, and confidence.”