Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Tiger Woods creates buzz with 66 at British Open

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

Johnson, staying in the same house as Kisner, Spieth and four other Americans, hooked his approach on No. 12 and three-putted for a double bogey.

"It's been bugging me for a while", said Woods of his neck complaint.

As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn't happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.

The 14-time major champion is 6 under for his third round. He missed an 8-footer on No. 5 for the outright lead.

When a 25-foot birdie putt trundled across the ninth green and into the cup things to get very interesting. Birdies followed at the 11th and 14th before another dropped stroke set him back at the 16th.

Scoring conditions were ideal on a warm day with little wind and greens softened by rain the day before.

Woods began the day six shots back.

Woods might not win The Open this week, and he might not win the PGA Championship at Bellerive in August, and we can still debate whether or not he can catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships.

"Hopefully I can get some nice weather tomorrow". He made double bogey for a 70 that cost him a two-shot lead, but not his outlook.

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The 14-times major victor started poorly with a bogey at the second where he pushed his tee shot to the right and then narrowly missed the huge gallery following his match with a recovery that squirted low out of the rough.

And then there's Tiger Woods. Many contenders remained on their front nines, suggesting Woods's position might drop further given the untroubled air.

Zach Johnson, whose name already is on the claret jug from his playoff victory at St. Andrews three years ago, played in the morning under an umbrella and finished with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 67.

Kisner had improved upon his day one lead by shooting 3-under par through 17 holes in the second round at Carnoustie, bringing him to an 8-under total. Masters champion Patrick Reed ran off three straight birdies starting at No. 5 and has made the turn at 3 under. He said he was thinking more about the outcome than the shots, and vowed to make sure that doesn't happen again.

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

Justin Rose has started his third round of the British Open much earlier than he would have liked.

This is the 16th time he has been in at least a share of the lead in the majors in the five years he has been playing them on a regular basis.

It took a chunk out of Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the Nos. He didn't miss the cut so it will be good.

And if you doubt that, check out this approach on 18 to save par after almost putting his drive in the burn.

Day lamented finishing bogey, bogey, bogey for a 71 to be even par and six shots back, having been only two off the lead late in his round in driving rain.

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