The terrible weather in Sandwich, England translated into rough days for many golfers at The Open Championship, including U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy. It didn't seem to affect Darren Clarke one bit.
The Northern Ireland native shot a 1-under 69 Saturday at Royal St. George's to put him on top of the leaderboard at 5-under overall. Clarke hit the ball magnificently but also missed a lot of birdie putts, which is why he's not running away with it.
Americans Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler both shot 2-under 68s on the day to put themselves right in the thick of it for the final round Sunday. Johnson stands at second place with a 4-under score overall while the 22-year-old Fowler is tied for third with first round co-leader Thomas Bjorn of Denmark at 2-under overall. Miguel Angel Jimenez from Spain and American Lucas Glover, the co-leader at the beginning of the day Saturday, both stand at 1-under overall.
U.S. golf fans are happy to see so many Americans near the top of the leaderboard. The U.S. is currently in a five-major drought since Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters.
Clarke will play in the final group with Johnson on Sunday.