Tiger Woods in hunt for Open pretension after third-round 66

3:28 PM ET

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Tiger Woods didn’t comprehend his name was atop a leaderboard during The Open on Saturday.

But all of Scotland and many of a golf universe did.

It was his usually spook of a day, though a shutting holes during Carnoustie are brutal. Woods was advantageous to equivocate difficulty during a 18th, where he strike his misfortune shot of a day and narrowly missed going into a bake off a tee. He managed to punch down a fairway afterwards strike a 60-degree crowd from 83 yards to a few feet to save par.

“Just like a ones I’ve used in my backyard,” he said, adding, “That was large for me only to not finish with dual bogeys on a final 3 holes, personification as good as we did.”

Woods trails Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kisner by 4 shots. He was anticipating to not be too distant behind streamer into a final round.

“It would be good if there weren’t a lot of guys between myself and a lead, though not a approach this golf march was going to set up,” Woods said. “We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a probability to win on Sunday, and it’s branch out to be that. we didn’t wish to be too distant behind if a guys got to 10 [under] today. So 5 [behind] is positively doable, and generally if we get a foresee tomorrow.”

There is a probability of sleet Sunday morning, followed by 20-25 mph winds in a afternoon.

Woods, who is personification in his 12th contest this year after blank many of a past dual seasons due to 4 behind surgeries, non-stop a contest with uninterrupted scores of par-71.

The 66 was his initial turn in a 60s on a weekend of an Open in 11 years, when he shot a Saturday 69 during Carnoustie. But it is in gripping with his Saturdays on a PGA Tour this year; he leads with a third-round scoring normal of 68.44. It was also his lowest turn in any vital given sharpened 66 in a second turn of a 2011 Masters.

It is also a initial time he has led during any indicate of a vital given 2012, when he common a 36-hole lead during a PGA Championship.

Woods played with a bit some-more coercion Saturday, attack 5 drivers off a tee after attack only 5 by a initial dual rounds. After saving standard during a initial hole with a 15-footer, Woods done birdies during a fourth, sixth and ninth holes to get by a initial 9 in 33 strokes.

He combined a kick-in birdie during a 10th and rolled in a 40-footer during a 11th before two-putting from prolonged stretch during a 14th.

If zero else, Woods gave himself a boost streamer into a final round.

“It positively is possible,” he said. “I’ve shown that I’ve been there tighten adequate with a probability to win this year. Given what happened [the] final few years, we didn’t know if that would ever occur again, though here we am with a probability entrance Sunday in a vital championship. It’s going to be fun.”

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