Tiger Woods Moves Into Contention at Carnoustie

Tiger Woods 2018 British Open, Round 3
Tiger Woods waits with caddie Joe LaCava on hole three at Carnoustie Golf Club during the third round of the 2018 Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. Credit: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Tiger Woods shot a third-round 66 to move into the top 10 after 54 holes of the 2018 Open Championship. Woods will enter Sunday’s finale at Carnoustie four off the pace of co-leaders Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner, and Xander Schauffele, who share the lead at 9-under par.

Tiger Woods 2018 Open Championship
Tiger Woods waits with caddie Joe LaCava on hole three at Carnoustie Golf Club during the third round of the 2018 Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. Credit: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Woods began the day at even par and tied for 29th, six shots back, but after a round that included six birdies – highlighted by a hat trick on Nos. 9, 10, and 11, the 42-year old sits just four behind with only two players between him and the lead group.

Despite the aforementioned six-pack of gains, it may have been a par on 18 that keyed Woods’ round. After a tee shot that came within inches of landing in the burn, Woods laid up to about 90 yards, and then set up a par putt with a 56 wedge laser.

“It was huge. I didn’t want to drop two shots coming in. I played so well I didn’t want to end on a bogey,” said Woods.

Woods continued his improved accuracy off the tee, hitting another 12 fairways on Saturday en route to a field-best 34.

“I really didn’t feel like I really made a bad swing until 18,” said Woods, who also hit 14 of 18 greens.

“I really felt like I had control of the golf ball today. And on top of that, I made some longer putts, which was nice.”

Woods will be paired with Francesco Molinari on Sunday in the third to last group.

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