The Open poised for dramatic finish

THE final round of the 140th Open Championship is poised for a dramatic finish.

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke currently holds a two shot lead over American playing partner Dustin Johnson, after 13 holes at Royal St George’s in Sandwich.

Forty-two-year-old Clarke, seven under for the championship, could be on the verge of his first major win, if he can hold off the advances of Johnson and Phil Mickelson - who sits three shots back from the leader.

Mickelson did tie for the lead earlier in the day, after an eagle putt found the hole at the par five seventh.

But Clarke secured an eagle of his own at the same hole and has made five consecutive pars since, while Mickelson birdied the 10th before bogeys at 11 and 13.

Worksop’s Westwood, an International Sports Management stablemate of Clarke’s, has played no part in the final two rounds, having missed the cut on Friday.