American Johnson produced a brilliant birdie putt on his last hole to move 15 under but Leishman showed nerves of steel with his next shot on the 15, retaining his one shot lead with a 10 footer just as Johnson was making his way for the clubhouse.
Those are three of the contenders to win an Open Championship at some point, but there has to be a real danger that numerous leading hopes produced by England Golf over the last two decades are in danger of missing the boat.
Danny Willett believes he is still in contention for a first major title, despite shooting a level-par round of 72 on Sunday and dropping back down the leaderboard at the 144th Open Championship. His 70 was a unusual effort, having started with an ugly double-bogey 6 but then...
This year it is being hosted at the home of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland. Yet, during this Open week, the only topic of real interest to anyone remotely associated with golf is whether the precociously talented youngster can fly back to America with the Claret Jug for company.
In the group ahead was Tiger Woods, who spent Monday with Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland. Maturity is the aspect of Spieth’s character that instantly hits anybody who spends time in his company.