Woods has mixed bag and another 71 at British Open

25 July, 2018, 22:28 | Author: Marlene Myers
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And yesterday was a big day because we knew what the conditions were as easy as it was going to get.

Americans Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell and Xander Schauffele were also five under with nine to play, with Rory McIlroy a shot further back after a three-putt bogey on the 12th.

Professional golfer Francesco Molinari won his first major championship Sunday, defeating an array of the sport's top stars at the British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland.

Schauffele, the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season, holed a 30-foot putt from behind the 18th green for a 67. With another tough save from off the green at the 16th, he didn't miss a shot the rest of the way.

They were at 9-under 204.

Tiger Woods shot 71 and was 5 under overall. Although he isn't necessarily expected to catch Nicklaus like he once was since battling a slew of issues - culminating in back surgery - every time Woods comes close to No. 15 people can't help but start to murmur: Is Tiger back?

"The wind is supposed to pick up, so that might be a helping hand", said Fleetwood, who holds the course record at Carnoustie with a 63 at the Dunhill Championship a year ago and also shot 63 on the final day of the US Open last month to finish second behind Brooks Koepka. But it was there.

Molinari shot a 2-under-par 69 to finish at 8 under for the tournament, becoming the first Italian to win one of the four major tournaments in men's golf. "I put good swings on it". "I didn't really feel in it on the front nine, I saw guys were hanging in there".

Kevin Kisner also was at 9 under with three holes remaining.

Woods will be in the third-to-last pairing, with Francesco Molinari.

And all of the six players still competing had a shot at the prize. "Now they just want to go play soccer with me so that's just such a great feeling".

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Heading into the final hole, Molinari was two strokes ahead of Woods at 7under, and tied for the lead with Schauffele, who was about to tee off at No. 17. He shot 76-72 to miss the cut by three shots.

After two underwhelming even-par rounds, Woods needed something special in the 3rd round at Carnoustie and he was on course for just that after reaching the 16th hole at 6 under for a tournament he has won 3 times.

If Spieth stays in the lead, he would be the first defending champion to lead going into the final round since Tiger Woods at Hoylake in 2006.

And then he lost it with two bad holes. Spieth, who spent Saturday morning watching the Open on television, asked caddie Michael Greller on the practice range, "Do we like driver?"

Schauffele had to hole out a wedge on the final hole and checked up well short of the hole.

"I was saying earlier that I need to try and keep it in perspective because, the beginning of the year, if they'd have said you're playing The Open Championship, I would have said I'd be very lucky to do that".

He secured another birdie on the par five seventh, holing an uphill putt - this time there was no fist pump just a determined look in his eyes as he strode off the green.

Woods, who insisted he had not realised he was in a share of the lead at one point, conceded at times in the past few years he had given up hope of being in such a position again.

Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead at Carnoustie as he tries to become the first repeat victor in 10 years at the British Open.

"I think maybe a little bit tomorrow just to expect the unexpected". "I'm not making excuses for myself by any means because all I had to do is shoot even par today, and I could certainly do that out here". But 69 was the low score among the first 22 players out in Sunday's final round as the breeze was blowing 15-20 miles per hour.

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