Spieth expecting the unexpected as second Open win beckons

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. Paired with Woods throughout his final round at Carnoustie, Molinari parred his first 13 holes before making a birdie at the par-5 14th hole.

Kevin Kisner, who had begun the day on nine-under with Spieth and Schauffele, suffered a awful start with a double bogey at the second and a bogey at the third to slip back.

But he could get the battle with Tiger Woods he has always pictured in his head with the 14-time major victor lurking ominously among the chasing pack after a thrilling day of low scoring at a defenceless Carnoustie.

A victory would complete a most remarkable comeback for Woods, who has had four back surgeries, a marital scandal and a DUI arrest since his last major.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were among six players who had at least a share of the lead during an enthralling afternoon on the historic Angus links, but their challenges came up just short along with English pair Justin Rose and Eddie Pepperell.

Kevin Chappell is two shots further back on 7-under, Italy's Francesco Molinari is 6-under after a superb 65 and then Woods is among a group of seven players on 5-under, after a 5-under-par 66.

The 14-time Grand Slam victor, a 25-to-1 shot at the start of this tournament, is squarely in the hunt to claim another major championship, something he hasn't done since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Spieth began the day one one-over after dropping four shots in his last four holes on Thursday, but started heading up the leaderboard with a stroke of magic on the third - chipping in from off the green for a birdie.

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"Under those conditions, I would have taken that score today going out", McIlroy 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.

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose failed to make a run on his front nine and dropped a shot at the fifth to slip to three under. "I felt like today the course was perfectly set up to take advantage of it and attack it. Maybe my wedge play wasn't quite as good as it should have been, but I gave myself plenty of chances".

"I feel like I've been improving each day (but) I know as well as anyone that anything can happen at an Open on Sunday".

"I'm playing golf for me now".

"I really didn't feel like I really made a bad swing until 18".

"I think momentum-wise, birdieing the very first hole, picking up where I left off last night, got me well into the round early".

"There you go, " Johnson said. He shot his best round in a Major and matched the lowest score in Carnoustie's Open history, a flawless seven-under 64 that rocketed him up the leaderboard on 209.

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