Former Champion Leads the Way at Carnoustie

Heather Diaz
July 22, 2018

"I really didn't feel like I really made a bad swing until 18". "I've never been anywhere near before, but for two rounds I'm up there on the leaderboard".

"I didn't want to be too far back and I'm definitely in reach". Fleetwood shares third place with Pat Perez and Xander Schauffele.

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.

Sequence shot 11 of 12) Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the ninth hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. When he arrived for the second round to be greeted by constant rain he changed that philosophy.

On a day of calm conditions, low scores and endless cheers, the biggest buzz Saturday was anticipating what the final round might bring.

The Northern Irishman said: "Definitely - (the plan is to) go out and hit a lot of drivers". The wind is supposed to pick up a little bit.

"This week, one of my main thoughts is just to let it go". Nothing came easily for Kuchar on a day where he hit just 39 percent of greens in regulation but some nifty work around the greens on No. 10 and No. 16 kept him in the top 10 heading into Sunday.

"But it was definitely a day of, "don't shoot yourself out of the tournament" instead of trying to press on and build a lead or get an advantage".

He said: "Obviously, the benefit of playing this morning is I get to recover a bit quicker than they do".

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McIlroy also feels there is also room for improvement in terms of the quality of his play.

"The fact that I won past year, I think helps sleep a little bit", Spieth said.

"He also added, "(But) I would like to have played better than I did but I am very happy that I am playing the round (weekend) today. "Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow". "I think I'm capable of that".

Even defending champion Jordan Spieth seemed ordinary, in a round where he was doing some extraordinary things. He had a chance to salvage his round late until a bogey on the 17th hole.

"It was insane - crazy to think so many people can follow one person".

Having carved a shot into a bank of rough he attempted a raking hook with the ball above his feet at nearly waist height but it came out low and hard and skirted inches away from the packed gallery he had only just asked to move back a couple of yards. He was six-under after scoring a birdie on the 14th hole.

All of the field will be mindful of what happened at Carnoustie in 1999, when Jean van de Velde's dream drowned in the Barry Burn and Paul Lawrie came from 10 shots back on the final day to win. And there was a welcome return to form for Australia's Adam Scott, who is level with Kopeka after second round of 70.

He was the No. 1 player in the world then, and quickly followed the Open with a win at the PGA Championship the next month. Others who won't be around for the weekend include Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

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