Tiger Woods' run at The Open proves he can win another major

Hope Soto
July 23, 2018

Tiger Woods turned back the clock and briefly tied for the lead en route a 5-under 66 as players plundered Carnoustie in ideal conditions in the third round of the British Open on Saturday. Throwing caution aside after starting the day six strokes behind, Woods wielded his driver aggressively and was rewarded with six birdies in the first 14 holes.

Americans Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell and Xander Schauffele were also five under with nine to play, with Rory McIlroy a shot further back after a three-putt bogey on the 12th.

Francesco Molinari of Italy plays his second shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 22, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

The Englishman, who had only edged his way past the cut, sunk seven birdies to go within two shots of the leaders at four under.

"I felt like it was a attractive morning to play golf, " said Rose, 37, who is ranked third in the world. "I've had a career's worth in a few years", said Spieth, who admitted he found it "difficult" to hand over the Claret Jug when he arrived in Carnoustie on Monday. "Given what happened [the] last few years, I didn't know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship".

Even as Tiger Woods was piecing together a level round, and late starters like Kisner and Jordan Spieth were still on the course, the cut figured to be about 3-over, plus or minus one shot.

"I'm right there", he said.

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Spieth and Schauffele have parred their first two holes.

You can't write off Justin Rose either.

"I've always wanted to battle it out with Tiger in a major - who hasn't?"

But it was to be Molinari's day in the limelight as the red-hot Italian avoided the card-wrecking mistakes that beset his fellow contenders, grinding out par after par and holing a series of clutch putts to keep himself firmly in the hunt.

"I got a couple of good breaks but I wouldn't say I drew on anything except the adjustments I've made during the week in my game to feel more comfortable over the ball".

"I'm pretty happy", he said. With all the spectators struggling to watch Woods, "she couldn't get close enough to the ropes to watch me". He set up birdie putts on three of first four holes but all missed, as did a par putt on the second and then there was a three putt bogey on the fifth. "I really, really did". I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around and hit it left and I was trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could.

"I've been called Dustin many times", Zach Johnson said. Rose had the entire afternoon off to rest, and he gets to sleep more on Sunday. He shot his best round in a Major and matched the lowest score in Carnoustie's Open history, a flawless seven-under 64 that rocketed him up the leaderboard on 209.

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