Tiger Woods has mixed bag and another 71 at British Open

Lawrence Kim
July 22, 2018

Spieth, the defending British Open champion and a three-time major victor, didn't trail the leaders for much longer, birdieing the fourth hole to move into a tie for first at 6 under.

Woods played his "one bad swing" at the 18th, but lady luck intervened to keep his ball out of Barry Burn and in thick rough that at least gave him a shot.

Among others taking advantage of the benign conditions on Saturday was German veteran Bernhard Langer - now aged 60, the two-time former Masters champion had a three-under-par 68 to sit at one-under for the championship.

He missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month, for the third straight year, after opening with a 10-over 80.

That's when Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open victor who is seeking his first British Open victory, made his move by shooting a 7-under 64. But he had another poor finish, closing bogey-double bogey for a 72 and is at 6-over 148 for 36 holes. 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.

As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open's undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.

Spieth, the defending champion, has also made a strong start to his third round, eagling the first hole after driving onto the green, and then rolling in a birdie at No. 4. He missed an 8-footer on No. 5 for the outright lead.

Woods has a long way to go to add the 2018 British Open trophy to his case. He was three shots behind the leaders, who had yet to tee off in the afternoon at Carnoustie. It sounded like a Woods victory march as he strode to the green to complete a memorable round, and who knows what Sunday has in store when the winds are supposed to blow. There already was a 64 on the board by Justin Rose and a 65 by Yusaku Miyazato.

Day lamented finishing bogey, bogey, bogey for a 71 to be even par and six shots back, having been only two off the lead late in his round in driving rain.

Low scores are gettable today at The Open Championship. He didn't make a bogey on the normally tough Carnoustie links.

But at a damp and chilly Carnoustie, McIlroy said that while he may not enjoy the adverse conditions any better, he has "definitely learned to handle it a little better".

Kisner, who led by a shot after 54 holes of last year's US PGA before finishing seventh, carded a five-under-par 66 to secure a one-shot lead over compatriot Tony Finau and the South African pair of Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard. "I don't foresee guys going out and making four or five birdies in the first eight or nine holes".

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