Graeme McDowell was not a happy camper after a third round 71 that left him tied with Paul McGinley (70) on two over par at Turnberry.

The Ulsterman had six birdies but he was seriously ticked off by the pin positions for the second day in a row.

Three bogeys and two double bogeys left him under a black cloud with the double on the 206-yard 15th the biggest bugbear.

"The pin on 15 was just stupid," McDowell said, staring into space with a look of restrained fury on his face.

"I hit the wrong club over the back and into the back lip of the trap, no shot. Got out sideways and had a two-footer for bogey which if I missed would have gone at least ten feet past. The pin was just outrageous.”

How can he complain about the pin when he hit "the wrong club" into a bunker? 

And what club was that again Graeme? 

"Too much club!" McDowell snapped back.

For the record, the flag was positioned 23 yards on and five from the right. 

Hopefully it will be in the middle of the green for him on Sunday as he plots his way to the 65 he thinks he might need to win the Open.

“I think that I’m just about close enough to challenge. On this golf course there’s a 65 out there for sure. Although it’s a tough set-up the pins aren’t just being tucked away, they’re being tucked away on slopes. For sure I have a chance because the rough out there is tough and you can run up a big number quickly so you have to keep your ball in play. The course is fantastic but as I say I do question a couple of the pin positions out there, they are crazy.”