British Open 2018 Tiger Woods updates

Tiger Woods in the hunt and loving it at The Open

Tiger Woods in the hunt and loving it at The Open

A five-under-par third round at The British Open has Tiger Woods in contention at a major for the first time in years.

The 42-year-old began the day on level-par for the tournament but took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions to collect six birdies from his first 14 holes.

Xander Schauffele then bogeyed the 17th to fall two behind and couldn't hole out for eagle at the last to force a playoff.

Woods might not win The Open this week, and he might not win the PGA Championship at Bellerive in August, and we can still debate whether or not he can catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships.

The 42-year-old American, absent from the sport's oldest major since missing the cut in 2015, carded a level-par 71 which included enough glimpses of the old magic and fighting spirit to suggest a 15th major title on Sunday is not so fanciful.

Kisner, who led after round one and was tied for the lead after round two, stayed on top thanks to a 68, with three birdies and no bogeys.

"The way Francesco played today was lovely", said Woods after ending in a tie for sixth spot.

"It's going to be fun".

Earlier, Justin Rose set the tone with the lowest score in Carnoustie's British Open history, a flawless 64 that by day's end had lifted him within five of the lead.

"I love where my putter is and love my position going into the weekend", Kisner said. Lyle's unbroken run started at Turnberry in 1977, when he also played as an amateur, before returning at St Andrews the next year in his first as a professional.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Justin Rose went all of Friday without making a birdie, finally getting one to fall on the 18th hole to make the 36-hole cut on the number at The Open.

"I've always wanted to battle it out with Tiger in a major - who hasn't?"

Woods will be in the third-to-last pairing, with Francesco Molinari. "I'd certainly rather play boring golf, but missing in the right places, I kind of take a pride in". "I really felt like I had control of the golf ball today".

"But in the air, I knew it was on a line that was going to be on the green and most likely a par, which is all I was looking for".

Lyle was accorded the honour by the R&A of hitting the opening tee shot on Thursday, in line with the recent trend which saw Mark O'Meara previous year and Colin Montgomerie at Troon in 2016 do the same, and he found the fairway for the first of three pars before he followed up with birdies at the 4th and 6th, either side of a bogey, to get his name on the leaderboard once again. Rose had the entire afternoon off to rest, and he gets to sleep more on Sunday.

American Zach Johnson described the last four as "nasty good" on Friday while Colin Montgomerie says the finish is the "most demanding" on the Open rosta, if not anywhere. I don't really think you can get a much tougher test than Shinnecock or Carnoustie. It was his lowest score in a major since 2011.

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