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Magical Francesco Molinari continues red-hot form with sparkling 65

Magical Francesco Molinari continues red-hot form with sparkling 65”

Xander Schauffele, the last one to keep alive the American streak of five straight majors, was one shot behind until he sent a long iron well to the right of the 17th hole and failed to convert a 15-foot par putt to fall two shots behind.

Woods, who electrified the galleries on Saturday with his best Open round since he won at Hoylake in 2006, a sizzling 66, will start on five-under with playing partner Francesco Molinari. Schauffele made double bogey on the next hole, leaving one in the wispy grass, another over the green.

The last player to make a successful title defence was Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who coincidentally won at Carnoustie in 2007 and again 12 months later at Royal Birkdale.

"Clearly, in my group, the attention wasn't really on me, let's put it that way", Molinari said, the gleaming claret jug in front of him.

Rory McIlroy has bogeyed two of his first five holes and is now 3 under, six shots off the lead, while Tommy Fleetwood bogeyed No. 5 to give up the stroke he picked up at the first before making double-bogey at No. 6.

And for the first time, all of them get to experience a final round at a major with Woods in the hunt.

Spieth set the tone in the afternoon when he decided on the way to the first tee to hit driver on the 396-yard hole.

Jordan Spieth of the U.S., left, and Kevin Chappell of the United States finish the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018.

Kisner, who had begun the day on nine-under with Spieth and Schauffele, suffered a awful start with a double bogey at the second and a bogey at the third to slip back although he responded with a chip-in birdie at the fifth.

Kevin Kisner of the US walks along the 17th fairway during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie Scotland Saturday

The American tried to hack himself back onto the grass but was anxious about slicing a shot into the bystanders.

Carnoustie is still waiting on the one element that defines a strong test at the British Open: the wind.

Ideal conditions in the third round led to a number of low scores, including a 64 by Justin Rose and 65s by Spieth and Francesco Molinari.

Only three of the first 42 players to complete their rounds on Sunday scored in the 60s.

And throughout his comeback year Woods has misfired every time he has gotten near contention.

Jordan Spieth entered Sunday's final round at the British Open in Carnoustie tied for the lead at nine under par.

For a proud man who spent the majority of his prime scoffing at silver linings and small victories, Tiger Woods needed little cajoling to look at the bright side Sunday at Carnoustie.

But in his traditional last-day red shirt he continued where he left off the previous day to turn the screws on those above him.

On a day that was flawless for low scoring, Woods let rip with his driver and tucked into the birdie buffet with his red-hot putter, briefly grabbing a share of the lead - something the American had not done at a major since the 2013 Masters.



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