Tiger Woods shoots 66 to surge into British Open title contention

Angelo Anderson
July 22, 2018

First things first: Tiger Woods is going to make the weekend at the British Open.

The world No.10 was second at last month's US Open at a slick Shinnecock Hills, finishing with a major record-equaling 63, but he would love nothing more than a Claret Jug to open his major account.

"That was big for me, just to not finish on two bogeys in the last three holes, [after] playing as well as I did", he said. 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.

Tiger Woods is back on top of the leaderboard at a major championship.

Tiger Woods of the USA watches his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the British Open at Carnoustie.

The 42-year-old Johnson won the Open in a playoff at St. Andrews in 2015 after a torrid week of high winds and torrential rain that caused most of the Saturday to be called off, with play running into the Monday for the first time in 27 years.

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. Woods has a handful of holes left to take the lead outright and put himself in contention on Sunday.

Tiger Woods is making a bit of a move in the British Open, sinking a long putt on the ninth hole for an opening 3-under 33 on the front nine. He managed to get up and down for par.

Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it's a guest nonetheless. The greens held shots a little better. There already was a 64 on the board by Justin Rose and a 65 by Yusaku Miyazato.

The 2014 Open champion bogeyed the 16th and 18th at Carnoustie to fall back to five under par, four shots off the lead heading into the final day.

When he closed with a crowd-pleasing, 5-under-par 66, it marked his lowest number in a major tournament since the 2011 Masters (60 major rounds ago), and his lowest on a weekend since the 2010 US Open (29 such rounds ago).

Fleetwood shot a 63 at Carnoustie previous year in the Dunhill Links, but that was a European Tour event.

Good afternoon! Hope you are having a lovely sunny Saturday, and here's hoping that Tommy Fleetwood or Rory McIlory can have a good Saturday of their own on day three at Carnoustie. McIlroy was within two shots of the lead until bogeys on two of his last three holes for a 70 left him four behind. He is even par for the tournament.

Starting the day six shots off the lead after two rounds of 71, Woods birdied the fourth and sixth before holing from 40 feet for another on the ninth to reach the turn in 33.

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