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On Final Day at British Open, Tiger Is on the Prowl

For brief moment Saturday, Woods sat atop the leaderboard
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2018 2:21 AM CDT
Tiger Woods of the US watches his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – For 20 minutes on a Saturday afternoon at the British Open, Tiger Woods' name was back atop a leaderboard at a major and Scotland was buzzing. Not much in golf compares with Woods on a charge. So when he rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 9, stiffed an approach inside two feet for birdie at No. 10, and nearly drove onto the green to set up a tap-in birdie at No. 11, there was a feeling something special was happening. Three holes later, Woods two-putted for birdie at No. 14 and there he was, right at the top of the yellow leaderboards all around Carnoustie, tied for the lead with five players at 6 under. "It would be ... better on Sunday," Woods tells the AP after his 5-under 66 to get back into the mix. "But I'm right there." The last time Woods led or shared the lead at the end of a round at a major was the 2012 US PGA Championship. On Saturday, it happened during a round, and only briefly.

A bogey at the par-3 16th stalled the momentum, and Woods had to scramble for a par at the last. His 66 wasn't even the best of the day—Justin Rose shot 64, Jordan Spieth and Francesco Molinari 65s—but it likely was what fans were talking about. It left Woods tied for sixth on 5-under overall, four shots off the lead and in contention for his first major in 10 years. "It's been a few years since I've felt like this," Woods said. Ian Poulter, who missed the cut, tweeted a photo of the leaderboard with Woods' name on top, and wrote: "I can't say I've ever been so excited for Tiger Woods before.. If he can pull this off, it would be 'stuff dreams are made of.'" Woods will be in the third-to-last pairing, with Molinari. "Given what happened the last few years, I didn't know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It's going to be fun," Woods said.

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