Spieth shares lead after third round

Tiger Woods looked like Tiger Woods at a major championship again on Saturday in the third round of the British Open at Carnoustie.

Former champion Zach Johnson and compatriot Kevin Kisner were setting the pace at eight under par midway through their rounds, with defending champion Jordan Spieth a shot behind.

Spieth had started the round on three under and three shots off the lead, but the eagle took him within one of the pace-setters at the time.

When it was over, Woods was pleased. No.

While Spieth's haircut initially drew attention - although his barber somehow managed not to recognise him - his brilliant golf and that of Woods was what really captured the attention on a thrilling third day at Carnoustie. It's rare that Woods' playing partner is more fit than he is, but there stood Norris on the first tee Saturday, ready to rumble, his 200 pounds of muscle stacked on a 6-foot-2 frame. "I've got a chance at this, which is great".

"It certainly is possible (to win it). It was a bad two-iron", Woods said.

"At first, I was going for the green and I was committed to it", the 38-year-old Scott said.

He says he has a special affinity with the challenge of playing links golf and believes if he is to add to his 14 majors it is probably going to be The Open as it suits ageing players - Tom Watson and Greg Norman both came close when in their 50's.

With no less than 15 players within two shots of the current lead, midway through third round, the battle for the Claret Jug promises to be tight and tense and Woods is in the thick of it. He predicted the lead number might get to 10-under before day's end and he seemed fine with that.

Like Kisner and Schauffele, Chappell is also dreaming of a maiden major championship triumph after his 67 left him at the head of the chasing pack.

"I know as well as anyone that anything can happen in the Open". "They won't be too far out of reach".

Of the five players separated by three shots, only Spieth has experience winning a major. Don't think ending that drought isn't on his mind.

Three-time major victor Rory McIlroy is a shot further back after a second successive round of 69 but it was a score that was compiled in a very different manner.

Rose, who finished fourth in the Open as a 17-year-old amateur 20 years ago, birdied the 18th hole on Friday evening to make the halfway cut with nothing to spare on three over par.

"That was good, " he said again.

"I played pretty similar to this at the Players Championship". And even though I made that birdie on the second, which was a good start, I couldn't really capitalise on that start. I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone at this point.

"I feel like I'm in a position now with every part of my game, I attacked the places that really needed some strong work". I know the rain is coming in tomorrow.

Woods won the last of his 14 majors at the 2008 US Open since when he has been beset by injuries and personal strife.

"It would be, as you said, better on Sunday", Woods said in response to a question afterward.

  • Julie Sanders