Prowling Tiger Woods on Open charge as Spieth joins leaders

Tiger Woods moves into share of lead at British Open

Tiger Woods moves into share of lead at British Open

Jordan Spieth will take a share of the lead into the final round of the 147th Open Championship as he looks to become the first back-to-back victor for a decade.

He eventually signed for a 74 which dropped him back to six under, which was still good enough for a share of second place, his best finish in the half-a-dozen majors he has played in, behind champion Francesco Molinari. But that last one came after an eagle putt from 20 feet skirted the hole at the Spectacles and was maybe a hint that it wasn't going to him who won his first major on this Sunday.

Spieth was at 9-under 204.

Kisner, in a three-way tie for the lead with Spieth and Schauffele, took double bogey on No. 2.

Tiger Woods led briefly Sunday, but he faded and finished tied for sixth.

Tiger Woods turned back the clock and briefly tied for the lead en route a 5-under 66 as players plundered Carnoustie in ideal conditions in the third round of the British Open on Saturday.

"I didn't play the wind the right way on those two holes", he added. He laid up, pitched to three feet, and made a par.

It used to be that Woods was steely and superhuman, and no one dared get in his way.

Brooks Koepka is unlikely to be celebrating back-to-back major victories at the British Open on Sunday.

However, a brace of bogeys, including one on the 17th, saw him slip to -4 for the day.

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Koepka is 3 over for the tournament, 10 shots off the lead. Then he flirted with contention at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide but missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills. But even the appeal of Spieth was no match for seeing Woods, in his traditional red shirt, in the mix at a major.

The 14-time major champion is 6 under for his third round. This was their chance to help bring Tiger Woods home.

The eventual victor played alongside former world No 1 Woods in the final round, who appeared ready to end his 10-year victory drought in majors midway through the round. There already was a 64 on the board by Justin Rose and a 65 by Yusaku Miyazato. That broke a tie of five players at six-under, the whole field having come back to him during his relentless run of pars.

The Indian, who tuned 22 on Saturday, said it was his best birthday ever to be playing the Open Championship this weekend, but felt he could have made a few more birdies in a decent even-par 71 outing.

Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner shared the overnight lead at 6-under par.

Molinari finished at 8-under 276, the lowest score in eight Opens at Carnoustie, the course where Jean Van de Velde threw away the British Open with a triple bogey on the last hole in 1999, where Padraig Harrington twice hit into Barry Burn on the last hole to make double bogey and still won.

Last season's PGA Tour rookie of the year began the final day in the last group alongside defending champion Jordan Spieth on nine under, but a slump began at the fifth hole and he was unable to recover.

The 42-year-old amazed the golfing world in the final round as he played flawless golf in his first 10 holes Sunday at a hard and windy Carnoustie to move from four back at 5 under into the solo lead at 7 under. And doing so a year after his fourth back surgery. He shot 77 and missed the cut by one shot.

However, Tommy Fleetwood's chances of becoming the first English victor since Nick Faldo in 1992 looked to have gone after he pulled his third shot on the sixth out of bounds, the resulting double bogey leaving him six off the pace.

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