Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

The Open 2018 live third round score updates and leaderboard latest

The Open 2018 live third round score updates and leaderboard latest

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland Tiger Woods didn't entirely hurt his chances in the British Open.

Better yet, he didn't hurt anyone in the gallery.

Housemates Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner set the pace in the 147th Open Championship as Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy headed the European bid to end American dominance of golf's majors.

Tiger Woods still has work to do after a rugged start, good recovery, and then a mix of birdies and bogeys that left him stuck in neutral on a better day for scoring.

"It's been a few years since I've felt like this", Woods said. And up ahead on the leaderboard, Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson weren't quite running away; the leaders stood at -6 when Woods finished up. The grass was deep enough that it was certain to twist the club on impact. There was no evidence it hit anyone - no one was hurt, anyway - because the ball at least kept going in the rough. "I've sometimes forgotten that, and just need to get back in that mindset".

"It grabbed the shaft and smothered it". Thomas made three straight double bogeys on the front nine and missed by one. And he slid a birdie putt on 18 just past the hole, another unforced error that will sit with him overnight. The man catching the eye the most is beyond a doubt Chris Wood: the man from Bristol has had six birdies today already and he's only just played the tenth. A moment later his putt rolled around the rim of the cup before dropping in for the surprising eagle. He missed and made birdie.

The opening hole is 396 yards on the card, with the fairway getting narrow between two bunkers.

And on the final hole, he hit an approach he judged perfectly to about 10 feet pin-high. "Even when you think you've got it, it will jump up and bite you".

He was six shots behind when he finished and figured the margin would be a little wider, which it was. Woods and the rest of the early starters faced an entire round of light rain, while it cleared out for the afternoon. "It'll be a pretty packed leaderboard and I'm figuring right there in it".

With him, the imaginations went off on a run, as when one reporter asked what a 15th major title might mean given all the strain and hubbub and surgery since the 14th, which was the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. This is his 12th tournament of the year, and Woods has been among the top 10 just once - the Valspar Championship in March - going into the weekend. Strategies changed. Slightly softer conditions meant power players who were driving beyond the trouble hit more irons off the tee, and shorter players hit more drivers and fairway metals.

Tiger Woods' playing partner in Saturday's third round, an obscure 36-year-old South African journeyman who plays on the Japan Tour named Shaun Norris, was mesmerized not only by what he witnessed from Woods but by the madness that surrounds Woods. I'm only a few shots behind.

Spieth had handed the trophy back to the R&A on Monday, having failed to realise there was to be ceremony on the 1st tee to do so, pronounced he had enjoyed the year with it in his keeping and said that he was hoping it would be only a week until it was back in his hands as a back-to-back champion. "I really, really did".

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