Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

A different-looking Jordan Spieth makes his run at juicy British Open

A different-looking Jordan Spieth makes his run at juicy British Open

For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that's been infinitely forgettable.

Spieth's victories would be the other way around and make it four wins in his last 15 majors, during which time the 24-year-old has also finished second twice, third and fourth.

But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it's little more than a temporary sleight of hand.

Justin Rose only made the cut on the mark thanks to a birdie on the 18th on Friday evening, but fired seven more on Saturday to equal the lowest score in an Open at Carnoustie.

Scott hung tough to eke out a three-under-par 68 on Saturday that left the former world No.1 five shots behind defending champion Spieth and fellow American co-leaders Xander Shauffele and Kevin Kisner entering the final round. "It won't be the case tomorrow".

Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 miles per hour there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.

"So very happy to be back in the tournament".

But then he's come by his anxiousness honestly.

It appears the rain's over and done with, for the most part; forecasts indicate gray skies, light wind, and low-60s temperatures all the way on through Sunday evening.

The PGA champion took three to get out of a pot bunker from the fairway on the par-5 sixth hole, making the first of three straight double bogeys.

"I felt like I really had control of the golf ball and I hit so many quality golf shots". "I've got a chance at this, which is great".

"My hair got a little long, and I needed to get a haircut, so I did this morning", said Spieth, who walked into town after looking up a barber shop on the app Yelp.

In 2014 McIlroy was the victor of the Claret Jug at a sun-soaked Hoylake, but he refused to let the conditions get to him on Friday in his chase for a fifth major title and first for four years. Woods made three straight birdies from the 9th-11th holes and now sits just one off the lead.

"We were on the range kind of talking it over, and I said, 'Do we like driver again?' " Spieth said.

While world number one Dustin Johnson looked certain to miss the halfway cut on Friday, Zach was putting together a superb four-under 67 to go with his opening round 69 and move top of the leaderboard with another house mate Kevin Kisner.

Fourteen-time major victor Tiger Woods registered a second level-par 71 but Justin Thomas (77), the world's second-ranked player, failed to make the weekend on 146.

"Momentum-wise, birdie-ing the very first hole, picking up where I left off last night, got me well into the round early", Rose said after his best major championship score. Like he'd never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon's knife. "I need to go get it", Woods said.

Tiger Woods rattled off six birdies in 11 holes during the third round of The Open Championship at Carnoustie en route to a 5-under 66. A bogey-less round would follow, stringing birdies while much of the people at Carnoustie were paying attention to Tiger Woods vaulting up the leaderboard.

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