British Open logjam: 39 within six shots of joint leaders

Annette Crawford
July 23, 2018

"It was cool, really cool".

"I have no regrets". The 42-year-old who has gone more than a decade without winning one of golf's four biggest championships.

"For a while, I thought Tiger was going to win and my mindset was, "go and spoil the party here". I didn't get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

Watch his long eagle putt below.

Another birdie came on the 11th, the 2014 Open champion pumping his fist in celebration. Now we have another superstar in contention after Rory McIlroy drained a looooong eagle putt to pull even with Spieth and a host of others sitting at 6-under.

The fist was pumping again at the penultimate hole, though this time it was with relief at saving par after he had left himself a tricky putt having found a bunker prior to that.

Sunday's result was not what numerous thousands who tracked through the humps and hollows of the links course wanted, though it probably was for the male spectator who heckled Woods as he hit his drive at the final hole.

Two hours earlier, Woods had one hand on the Claret Jug for what would have been the fourth time after surging to the lead with a flawless front nine on a day when the previously missing wind finally bared some teeth.

"I don't really feel like it's a defeat", said McIlroy. "Today was a good day for both of us, I guess".

"So there's going to be a lot of European guys vying for his partnership in the foursomes at the Ryder Cup, that's for sure". I committed to everything. This is the same player who, after a particularly soggy British Open round at Royal St. George's in 2011, said he was "not a fan of golf tournaments that the outcome is predicted so much by the weather".

"If I can put the ball on the fairway and hit my irons as well as I have done the first couple of days I'll give myself a lot of chances for birdies and it's just about converting them and taking your opportunities".

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