Final Round of Brit Open Under Way
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) _ Australia’s Stephen Allan, who started the final round with the worst score of the 73 British Open survivors, finished with a 2-under 69 on Sunday as the weather finally eased at Carnoustie.
The 25-year-old Aussie collected six birdies around a course which has been described as ``brutal″ and ``vicious″ by some of the bigger names, some of whom missed the cut.
While surprise tournament leader Jean Van de Velde of France waited to go out with a five-stroke lead, Allan and England’s David Howell, who made a 1-under 70, went out in benign, near windless conditions at the par-71 course.
They were the sort of conditions that Mark O’Meara, Nick Faldo and Sergio Garcia would have appreciated on the first two days before they went home early.
Americans Jim Furyk and Scott Dunlap, both 12 strokes behind Van de Velde, each birdied two of the first three holes and Davis Love III, one of the pre-championship favorites who also started 12 off the lead, improved to 10 over after birdies at four and four.
But others didn’t take advantage of the markedly improved conditions.
Lee Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open champion who started at 20 over, finished with a 7-over 78 to wind up 27 over for the championship.
David Duval, also considered one of the leading contenders before the championship started, carded a 76 to finish 22 over.
Japan’s Shingo Katayama dropped 12 strokes on the final round for an 83 and a 28-over total of 312. His round included double bogeys at holes six, eight and nine.
England’s Derrick Cooper, who shared the championship lead at one stage during the first round, dropped 10 strokes in the first 12 holes of his final round to slip to 25 over.