Woods shoots 66, Simpson in contention with -4 round

Angelo Anderson
July 22, 2018

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.

Despite his globe trotting, the Spaniard's still keeping up to date with the leaderboard at this year's third Major and has picked a few golfers he's got his eye on. 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.

Following a shot off the drop, Kisner two-putted to card a double bogey and finish 1-under for the day and tied with Johnson for the lead at 6-under overall.

Fleetwood is still chasing his first major title, but the fast-rising Englishman, who had to borrow an umbrella Friday as he doesn't have an equipment sponsor and didn't bring his own, set the soggy course alight with a 65. After parring the first, he drifted wide on the second, and ended up in a situation where he needed to fire a shot right over the gallery. There was no evidence it hit anyone - no one was hurt, anyway - because the ball at least kept going in the rough. "We're going to just keep trying to get after it". "It grabbed the shaft and smothered it", he said. "I was very, very fortunate that it got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green". He made another bogey on the next hole, and just like that he was on the cut line. He spent the rest of the round parring his way around the course, with the occasional offsetting birdies and bogeys.

Summoning the form that saw him run and hide with the trophy on Sunday at this spring's Arnold Palmer, Rory McIlroy does everything he's already been doing plus finds a few more fairways and makes a bucket of putts, shoots seven under and re-stakes his claim to the golf throne. He missed and made birdie. Including Rosie's clutch 18th-hole birdie to make the cut on Friday, the World No. 3 has played 19 spectacular holes in a row.


And on the final hole, he hit an approach he judged perfectly to about 10 feet pin-high.

"It was a test, but I have to say the fairways were a lot easier to hit today", Woods said.

"That was good. I played well today". "I think it will blow this weekend and make it even more hard".

I tried to do that for the most part.

The pin was toward the center of the green. Woods had a 9-iron. Woods had another 71 and was six shots behind, with 28 players between him and the lead. "That was one of them", Woods said.

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