Tiger Woods on the charge as challengers falter

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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.

The 42-year-old began the day on level-par for the tournament but took full advantage of flawless scoring conditions to collect six birdies from his first 14 holes.

While five of the past eight Open champions have led after round three, at Carnoustie it has been a poisoned chalice.

Still, after four back surgeries in the last two years, Woods showed glimpses of his old self. Spieth said. "I've played it out at Augusta in my head".

"I've had a chance to win". In theory, he could still win a place in next year's field at Royal Portrush by coming through qualifying or winning next week's Senior Open Championship, but the Scot appeared to accept that it was very unlikely that he would...

"It's going to be fun".

For 20 minutes on a warm Saturday afternoon at the British Open, Tiger Woods' name was back atop a leaderboard at a major championship and Carnoustie was buzzing. I just needed one more birdie before the sixth hole.

His 66 wasn't even the best of the day - Justin Rose shot 64, Jordan Spieth and Francesco Molinari 65s - but it likely was what fans were talking about when they left the course.

He won the last of his 14 majors a decade ago since when he has been written off after a battle with injuries and personal problems.

As Woods headed for the fourth tee, there was a change atop the leader board, with Kisner two over through the first two holes. So I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I'm just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning. He gave another shot back on the 15th when he pulled his second shot toward the gallery, though he made enough birdies to stay within range. "It's been a few years since I felt like this". Fleetwood, the top player on the European Tour previous year, put together the best round of the week at Carnoustie with a 65. I'd like to beat Gary Player one time.

Playing alongside the resurgent Woods in the final round, Molinari carded a nerveless two-under-par 69 to win the Claret Jug by two shots from McIlroy (70), English hope Justin Rose (69) and Americans Xander Schauffele (74) and Kevin Kisner (74). I really didn't feel like I really made a bad swing until the 18th and I really felt like I had control of the golf ball today. "I've accepted that this is going to be, most likely, the last one". It was his lowest score at the British Open by two shots, and at the end of the day, Rose was in a tie for 13th. He laid up, pitched to three feet, and made a par.

"I've been called "Dustin" many times", Zach Johnson said after shooting a 4-under-par 67 Friday to get to 6-under for the tournament.

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