Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

The Open: Tiger Woods challenge comes up short at Carnoustie

The Open: Tiger Woods challenge comes up short at Carnoustie

Jordan Spieth will take a share of the lead into the final round of the 147th British Open Championship as he looks to become the first back-to-back victor for a decade.

Molinari shot a bogey-free, 2-under 69 to finish on 8-under 276.

The 14-time major champion briefly topped the leaderboard on six under.

Schauffele, who seemed to be unravelling completely when he went 5-6-6 to drop four strokes in three holes from fifth, rallied impressively with birdies at the tenth and 14th.

The moment Schauffele's approach stopped short on the 18th green the celebrations could start.

Canada's Adam Hadwin shot 1-over (71) and sits tied for 51st heading into Sunday.

A disruptive fan was ejected from The Open after shouting during Tiger Woods' drive on the 18th hole at Carnoustie.

Molinari tapped in for birdie at the par-5 No. 14 to break out of a five-way tie for the lead, which included Rory McIlroy after his eagle at the same hole.

Tiger Wood plays from the third tee at the British Open championships where he tied for sixth place.

A day that started with a three-way share for the lead had at one point a six-way tie at the summit.

After 37 groups had finished their tournaments and returned to the clubhouse, just three were left out on the course.

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Pepperell teed off at 11.40 a.m. local time with Phil Mickelson. Missing the 10th fairway gave him the opportunity to execute an exciting shot that harkened back to his best days.

"This wasn't a fluke", 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth told reporters.

Typical of his first full season since 2015 because of back surgeries, the challenge is more the number of players in front of him than the deficit he faces.

Former champion Zach Johnson and compatriot Kevin Kisner were setting the pace at eight under par midway through their rounds, with defending champion Jordan Spieth a shot behind. He made double bogey for a 70 that cost him a two-shot lead, but not his outlook.

Schauffele bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6, then double-bogeyed the seventh hole.

The eventual victor played alongside former world No 1 Woods in the final round, who appeared ready to end his 10-year victory drought in majors midway through the round.

Woods found the sand on the par three eighth but got it to puttable range and parred it and again on the ninth he found sand but repeated the escape act with a par and found himself alone in the lead. Another poor swing followed and led to another bogey, and just like that, Woods was two shots behind and reeling. The biggest advantage he sees is to "expect the unexpected", and the most windy conditions of the week might make it every bit of that.

The 42-year-old, who had five prescription drugs in his system, later pleaded guilty to reckless driving. He shot 66 in the third round to make a move up the leaderboard.

Rory McIlroy was also heading in the wrong direction, the four-time major victor dropping shots on the second and fifth to join Fleetwood on three under. Then he missed a 4-footer for par at No. 3.

However, in a reflection of his final nine holes, the birdie putt did not drop while Molinari's did and it was the Italian who pumped his fist and Woods who patted his back in congratulations.

Woods shot 71 in the final round, finishing tied for sixth place at 5-under par and three shots behind the victor, Italy's Francesco Molinari. Throwing caution aside after starting the day six strokes behind, Woods wielded his driver aggressively and was rewarded with six birdies in the first 14 holes.

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