Tiger Woods creates golf buzz as he plays himself into Open contention

Tiger Woods creates golf buzz as he plays himself into Open contention

After a terrific third-round 66 that included six birdies, Woods sits four shots behind co-leaders Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner. He shot his only bogey of the day on 16, falling behind Kevin Kisner at that point.

On his Open debut, Van Rooyen went out in the second group of the day at 6.46am local time and shot a four-under 67, the only flaw on his scorecard coming with a bogey at the last.

When it was over, Woods was pleased. No. I've kind of got a cleared mind.

There would be a sense of symmetry to the achievement if Spieth does win on Scotland's North Sea coast - Harrington's double came at Carnoustie in 2007 and then Birkdale in 2008. "It was a awful two-iron", Woods said.

"It's been a few years since I've felt like this", Woods said.

The way Golf has been going the last few years, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the No. 1 player in the world.

"It's going to be fun", Woods added.

With no less than 15 players within two shots of the current lead, midway through third round, the battle for the Claret Jug promises to be tight and tense and Woods is in the thick of it. Even fellow golfers were excited for him, with Ian Poulter describing Woods joint leader as the "stuff dreams are made of".

"But it was definitely a day of, "don't shoot yourself out of the tournament" instead of trying to press on and build a lead or get an advantage".

"But I made that eagle on 14 and played the last four really solid, parred the last four, so it was a good bad round, I guess".

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"I don't even know where I went", he said when asked whether he had just wandered into town in the downtime before his 4pm tee off. "They won't be too far out of reach".

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TIGER TALES: Woods had his best score at a major since a 66 in the second round of the 2011 Masters.

Moments later, Woods began his charge to get into contention at a major for the first time in five years.

The three-times Open champion walked off to a rousing reception from the gallery, before signing for his lowest score in 11 sorties around Carnoustie at the Open.

"That was good, " he said again.

Stefan moved to America, discovered golf, became a PGA Tour professional and taught his son how to play the game. I really did. I hit a lot of good shots.

"A lot of the shots I was looking up and I was really happy they were going straight".

The 14-time major victor - plagued in the past eight years by personal issues and back problems - fired in six birdies in a round only marred by a bogey at the 16th as he seeks a first tournament win in five years.

"We're not there yet, " Woods said. "The intent was to get by the pot bunkers 60 yards short", Spieth said of the drive later, "but when we got close Bones [from US TV] said: "You're putting". That was above my normal level, and then you sort of - you go back down, and then you build yourself back up again.