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The Open - Tiger Woods: I could have tidied my round

The Open - Tiger Woods: I could have tidied my round

Woods was fortunate to avoid trouble at the 18th, where he hit his worst shot of the day and narrowly missed going into the burn off the tee.

McIlroy, meanwhile, was within one shot until a long three-putt from just off the 12th green.

At 5 under overall, Woods was two shots off the lead.

The eagle put Spieth in a tie for third place, just one shot behind the leaders.

It was his only bogey of the day, but the closing holes at Carnoustie are brutal.

Woods took another opportunity at the par-five 14th to top a major leaderboard for the first time since the Masters in 2013.

As he finished and walked off the green at No. 18, playing his third major this season after missing eight in a row, the man who has won 14 major titles but none since 2008 looked absolutely younger than his 42. Sixty-two putts in 36 holes is never going to get it done at major championship level.

His ball stayed dry but with 246 yards left to the hole he made a decision to lay up from the rough before punching a 100-yard wedge to three feet and saved par. He was three shots behind the leaders, who had yet to tee off in the afternoon at Carnoustie.

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Molinari is mindful of an expected change in the weather conditions for the last day, with the wind that can be so damaging in these parts finally expected to make its presence felt. There already was a 64 on the board by Justin Rose and a 65 by Yusaku Miyazato.

It's unclear right now what time Woods will tee off tomorrow, but it's a solid bet he won't be in one of the final groups. "We knew there were going to be 10 or 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that".

Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner shared the overnight lead at 6-under par. I was putting the ball where I needed to, having maybe no more than four feet for par on every hole. Matsuyama proceeded to make a triple bogey 7, ending his week.

At the moment Woods is on par with two holes still left to play. He is even par for the tournament. Even yesterday, they're so much greener than the fairways. Even-par and well off the pace after a second consecutive 71, Tiger Woods was a frustrated figure halfway through his 20th Open Championship. With his third straight birdie of the round, Woods got to 5-under on the round and on the tournament.

It wasn't easy on everyone. With his right leg flexed on the turf and his left leg in the 3-foot deep ditch, he managed to get the ball out, but still made double bogey. "I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could".

But at least he's still playing.

Dustin Johnson was headed toward being the first No. 1 player in the world to miss the cut at the Open since Luke Donald in 2011 at Royal St. George's.

Woods will be at Carnoustie for the weekend, though, with the cut projected at 2 over. Rose is No. 3 and almost joined them until he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole to make the cut on the number. The course is scoring well and most of the leaders are still on the front nine. Too many shots have leaked right. A pull-hooked iron almost into the burn off the tee led to a thick wedge out before Tiger hit his approach from 100 yards to a three feet.


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