Moving day awaits at British Open

Annette Crawford
July 22, 2018

The 14-time major champion narrowly avoided disaster at the 18th hole, when his tee shot somehow stayed out of the burn.

Spieth and Fowler both made late runs as the shadows lengthened to get in at three under for the weekend.

Twelve players were separated by four shots, a group that includes Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Zach Johnson.

World number eight Rory McIlroy was an angry golfer after his British Open title charge stalled on Carnoustie's devilishly hard closing holes on Saturday.

"I'm a little bit angry right now with that finish but I just have to regroup and start again tomorrow", McIlroy told reporters after ending up four shots off the lead shared by American trio Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

McIlroy's accurate approach work yielded birdies at the seventh and 10th and, despite dropping a shot at 12, he was five under with gains at the 13th and 14th. He is even par overall.

If the prospects are good of a sixth straight major being won by an American, it is looking a little less likely that this tournament will finally be the one where Tiger Woods ends his decade-long major drought.

Another birdie followed on the fifth but it was at the par-four 10th where Spieth's round caught fire.

A win in Scotland for the Englishman would represent the first time the Claret Jug was claimed by a golfer from the homeland since Nick Faldo in 1992.

Chappell started Saturday's third round in 11th place and birdied his first three holes. "So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow", said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3. He had more bogeys (three) than he's had in any round all week despite these attempts to overpower Carnoustie, and now it will take something special on Sunday to chase down Spieth.

"The fact that I won past year, I think helps sleep a little bit", Spieth said. There already was a 64 on the board by Justin Rose and a 65 by Yusaku Miyazato.

"I would have liked to have played well and moved up the leaderboard but, at the same time, I was happy because that really could have got a way from me and I could have gone to one or two over".

Former world number one Tiger Woods made an indifferent start with bogeys at the second and third but he bounced back in style with birdies at the fourth and fifth to return to level-par, eventually going out in 37, one over par. He continued his excellent play on the links to begin the week at Carnoustie with 70-70 to begin Saturday T14.

The round ties the low at Carnoustie shot in the final round in 2007 by Steve Stricker and Richard Green.

Unhappy with his swing during the first two days, the 24-year-old found a slight adjustment did the trick, and the first hole provided a massive jolt of confidence. He is even par for the tournament.

One of the house rules: victor pays for the flight home, though not everyone will be on the same plane this year with players headed in too many different directions. "I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year", said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes.

In flawless conditions for low scoring, until a brisk breeze sprang up just as Spieth was finishing, the 24-year-old Texan drove the first green and sank a 12-foot eagle before adding four birdies.

Carnoustie is still waiting on the one element that defines a strong test at the British Open: the wind.

It also puts to bed the notion that US Ryder Cup players aren't as united as a team as their European counterparts.

Masters champion Patrick Reed shot 70 to narrowly make the cut at 3-over 145.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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