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  • Justin Rose of England throws his club after a poor shot out of the rough on the 2nd hole during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Justin Rose of England throws his club after a poor shot out of the rough on the 2nd hole during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth of the United States reacts and gestures that his tee shot at the 12th has gone left of the tee during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Jordan Spieth of the United States reacts and gestures that his tee shot at the 12th has gone left of the tee during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Crowd watch as Jason Day of Australia and David Howell of England play the 2nd green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championships at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Crowd watch as Jason Day of Australia and David Howell of England play the 2nd green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championships at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

The latest from the British Open (all times local):

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9:30 a.m.

The wind is strong and the greens are slower for the third round of the British Open.

Gusts already were approaching 20 mph (32 kph) when the third round began at Royal Troon, and they were expected to top 30 mph for most of the afternoon. That led the R&A to decide not to cut or roll the putting surfaces.

The wind and cool air was back to its prevailing direction, meaning the outward nine was playing downwind. And it showed. Jordan Spieth and Brandt Snedeker each made two birdies in three holes to start their rounds

The fun was to begin when they turned back into the wind on two of Troon's strongest holes, Nos. 10 and 11.

Phil Mickelson had a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson. They were still some six hours from teeing off.