The 14-time major victor put himself firmly in contention at Carnoustie with a 66 in Saturday's third round, moving to five under. Another American Kevin Chappell (67) is two shots off the lead with Italy's Francesco Molinari (65) on six under alone in fifth. Rory McIlroy was one shot behind Molinari. Spieth said. "I've played it out at Augusta in my head". "But it's been the same the whole of my career".
And it wasn't an accident.
Tiger Woods is in the outright lead of the British Open after a stunning turnaround at Carnoustie. All he did at the BMW PGA Championship was go head-to-head with McIlroy in the final round and beat him by two.
Carnoustie tempered some of that confidence. Molinari's 69 was the only bogey-free round on the final day at Carnoustie. "I've shown that I've been there, close enough, with a chance to win this year". "I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling".
It was the first time the three-time Open champion, who had begun the day on level par, had led in any major since the 2013 Masters.
The lead at the top changed several times with 14-time major victor Tiger Woods briefly out in front on his own and 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy also challenging.
He then three-putted from 30 feet for double bogey seven.
A monster birdie putt on the ninth had him punching the air in celebration and took him to three-under for the day and the tournament. But even the appeal of Spieth was no match for seeing Woods, in his traditional red shirt, in the mix at a major. "I couldn't have written it any better".
He scrambled for par at the tough 18th hole at Carnoustie, after his tee shot landed on the bank of the Barry Burn and bounced right into the thick rough.
"It was a attractive morning to play golf", he said after Saturday's round, which featured only 25 putts. "He's been working his butt off", Spieth said.
Peter Morrison British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy is congratulated by Tiger Woods at the end of the fourth round
"I think it will take a long time for this to sink in". I'm certainly happy for him. I knew the front nine with today's wind would play mostly into the wind, so pars were great.
ELKHORN, Neb. (AP) - David Skinns rallied to win the Pinnacle Bank Championship for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory. Westwood beat everyone else by nine shots in the HSBC Champions and lost by one to Molinari.
At the end of all that, it was Francesco Molinari who claimed glory at Carnoustie - giving Italy its first major victor - and here's how he did it. You kind of feel a bit more grateful to be here rather than Friday night, [when] you feel frustrated to be there.
Woods embraced his two children, telling them he hoped they were proud of him for trying hard.
Daly wound up winning the four-hole playoff.
There is a birthday celebration later in the evening, the guest list includes the man who played a major role in him becoming a golfer - Anirban Lahiri - but Sharma is already thinking of a Sunday charge.
"It depends", he laughed, noting that the Formula One race at Hockenheim, Germany, would be bigger news if the Ferrari racing team finished on top. Four of them are among the top 11 on the leaderboard going into the weekend with Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who shot 69 and was at 3-under 139. "Leaders were off to solid starts the first couple of holes, then all of a sudden something happened and they dropped a bunch of shots and then I knew it was game on from that point". And now it's moving in the right direction.
"He's always been a great player", McIlroy said.
Woods had the tournament in his hands after hitting a brilliant fairway bunker shot to make par on No. 10. "So there's going to be a lot of European guys vying for his partnership in foursomes at the Ryder Cup".
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