Tiger Woods moves into share of lead at British Open

Tiger Woods moves into share of lead at British Open

The American star sits level on nine-under par alongside compatriots Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner as he aims for a repeat of his victory at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago, although there is a large chasing pack ready to pounce, with Tiger Woods right in the mix.

"I would say yes, because of the fact that you don't have to be long to play on a links-style golf course", he said at his press conference before the tournament. A two-putt birdie at Spectacles, the other par-five on the course, after his drive flirted with a fairway bunker on the left - a "good break", he admitted later - followed after he knocked his second shot to 30 feet.

"It would be better on Sunday, but I'm right there".

Tiger likely won't have the lead going into Sunday - unless something insane happens with the weather. It's the closest he's been to the lead in a major since five years ago at Muirfield.

Here's a live hole-by-hole breakdown of his final round at Carnoustie.

After saving par at the first hole with a 15-footer, Woods made birdies at the fourth, sixth and ninth holes to get through the first 9 in 33 strokes.

However he then fell back with a double bogey at the 11th hole, leaving him one shot off the lead. "I was very, very fortunate that it got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green".

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Spieth bogeyed No. 5 then made double-bogey at the sixth hole after taking a drop then three-putting. "In some ways it was a positive day - I didn't go backwards - but it was frustrating not to move up (more)". "It's progressed nicely. We've got pretty much a new tournament tomorrow (Sunday)".

The result is a final round on Sunday that could be among the most memorable in the history of golf.

A leader after the first round, Kisner handed a couple of shots back to finish alongside Johnson on -6. On Friday, he said his swing was barely in the B-class of efforts; on Saturday, though, he was altogether different, as he played with unwavering focus and even managed a birdie on the monstrous par-3 16th hole. He is four shots off the lead.

The third round of The Open Championship did not disappoint.

Kevin Chappell, who spent most of his round watching Spieth put on a show, birdied the 18th for a 67 and was two shots behind. Tiger is just two shots back of the lead and is alone in third place. He will try to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win golf's oldest championship in consecutive years.

Woods tees off at 2.25pm BST while McIlroy will be on the first tee at 2.05pm BST.

It was one of the few times Woods was out of position all afternoon in a round where he hit driver six times, compared with three times in the second round and once on Thursday.