Tiger Woods In Contention For 15th Major

Woods rolled back the years on Saturday at Carnoustie and has a genuine shot at winning his 15th major on Sunday

Tiger Woods In Contention For 15th Major

Woods rolled back the years on Saturday at Carnoustie and has a genuine shot at winning his 15th major

Tiger Woods In Contention For 15th Major

Tiger Woods was on the prowl on Saturday at The Open with a sensational 66 to give himself a genuine shot heading into what will be a windy Sunday at Carnoustie.

The 14-time major winner has put himself in a fantastic position to claim number 15, and will be full of confidence after a clutch up-and-down on the 18th from short of the Barry Burn.

Woods started quietly with three pars, firstly making a great save on 1, missing a short birdie chance on 2 and a routine 4 at the 3rd.

Tiger Woods In Contention For 15th Major

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He stuck it close on 4 to around 8-10ft and rolled home his first birdie of the day before a two putt birdie at the par-5 6th took him to two under.

Woods caught fire around the turn, holing a tram-liner on the 9th for a birdie and he then stiffed his approach into 10 to tap-in for another.

Woods' birdie on 9:

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Woods' birdie on 10:

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He would drive it over 380 yards on the 11th and two-putted from just off the green for his 3rd birdie in a row. Tiger was five under for the day and tournament, and within one of the lead.

Woods' strategy was different on day three, notably using his driver on 10 and 11 for the first time this week. He would get the big stick out on the par-5 14th for the first time too.

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That resulted in the easiest of birdies to take him to six under and tied for the lead. He had sent Carnoustie wild.

Another birdie chance at 15 just slipped by and a fine tee shot on the 250 yard par-3 16th was unlucky to fall off the green. Three putts saw him drop his first stroke of the day.

He had already dropped one on Carnoustie's brutal closing stretch but how would he react? Very well.

It would have been easy to drop another stroke or two but the 42-year-old closed it out with two pars and cemented his position at -5.

His up-and-down at the last will give him huge confidence heading into tomorrow, where winds are due to get up

His 4 down the last will give him plenty of confidence going into tomorrow. A wayward tee shot left forced him to lay up and he proceeded to pitch it to within five feet, check it up and calmly hole for par.

Woods' par save at 18:

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That meant he signed for a 66 and his lowest round at a major in over seven years, since the 2nd round of the 2011 Masters.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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