Former Gopher at British Open

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Erik van Rooyen tries to make up ground at Carnoustie

Former Gopher starts third round of British Open two shots off the pace

July 21, 2018 - 8:01 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Justin Rose has started his third round of the British Open much earlier than he would have liked.

But at least he's still playing.

Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, Nos. 1 and 2 in the world, missed the cut. Rose is No. 3 and nearly joined them until he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole to make the cut on the number. He was nine shots behind Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, who shared the lead at Carnoustie on 6-under 136.

Two shots off the pace is Erik van Rooyen, the former University of Minnesota golfer who hails from South Africa.

They do not tee off until mid-afternoon Saturday, one shot ahead of Tommy Fleetwood, Pat Perez and Xander Schauffele.

Rose began by smashing driver into the left rough, although he was able to hit wedge to 6 feet for birdie.