Vintage Tiger Woods boosts Open hopes with terrific round

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Tiger Woods carded a third round of 66 in the Open at Carnoustie

But not necessarily at the British Open.

Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, Nos. And the way he handled the rain Friday in his round of 4-under 67, he might have a chance to see it on that precious silver trophy again.

Kevin Kisner looks to bring home his first major on Sunday at the British Open. He was an elite soccer player and decathlete, whose track-and-field career was cut short by a vehicle accident on his way to training that cost him his sight in his left eye.

And here is Woods at the halfway point of The Open at 142, even par, but wondering what might have been.

Kisner is a newcomer to what amounts to an American fraternity house at golf's oldest championship the last three years.

Tiger Woods set the British Open alight with a vintage six-under 66 in Saturday's third round but he no longer possesses the fear factor that will send a shiver down the spine of his rivals, according to Tony Jacklin. But before that, he briefly had the golf world buzzing when he reached the green on the Par 5 14th in two and two-putted for a birdie and a share of the lead. Round 1 (73.160) and Round 2 (72.806) put up somewhat of a fight but Round 3 (70.228) saw the legendary track overrun by birdies. But on the very next hole, he gave a shot with a bogey on 16th.

"It will be a pretty packed leaderboard, and I'm certainly right there in it", Woods said. Spieth said. "I've played it out at Augusta in my head".

Woods made a 40-footer on the ninth for his third birdie against no bogeys on the front nine to get to 3-under par for the tournament.

To the casual golf fan outside the United States, Schauffele might best be known as the player with the strange-looking name.

Woods' last major victory - the US Open at Torrey Pines - was nearly supernatural, given the number of times he chipped in or holed long putts while playing with the pain of what turned out to be a fractured leg.

But all of Scotland and most of the golf world did.

Woods might not win The Open this week, and he might not win the PGA Championship at Bellerive in August, and we can still debate whether or not he can catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships.

Fleetwood and McIlroy were playing a few groups ahead of Johnson, and it was a race to see who would wind up on top for much of the late morning until Johnson made his birdie putt on the final hole and McIlroy dropped a shot on the 15th by pulling his approach toward the gallery. In more hard conditions, his 65 felt just as good, especially the birdie on the 18th that put him atop the leaderboard until Johnson finished. Just didn't make enough putts.

They'll have the edge going into Sunday - they're two strokes clear of the field - but the unpredictable weather (more on that in a moment) won't give anyone any peace.

Sharma made three birdies and three bogeys on a day when conditions were most ideal to post a low score.

The Northern Irishman said: "Definitely - (the plan is to) go out and hit a lot of drivers".

Dustin Johnson wasn't alone in his struggle. After a terrific third-round 66 that included six birdies, he finished his round just two shots back of the lead.

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