Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Fleetwood: Open Championship is the one for me

Fleetwood: Open Championship is the one for me

Carnoustie was a far different test from the opening round, when sunshine baked the fairways crisp and it was hard to figure out how far the ball was going when it hit the ground. "I knew I was within one". It is irrelevant to me. A lot of putts that I thought were good ended up being far from them.

On Monday, Jordan Spieth reluctantly returned the Claret Jug he won a year ago for his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale. Spieth said. "In the future I'll be kind of able to kick it back into gear a little quicker and under the gun be able to compensate a little bit better".

With him, the imaginations went off on a run, as when one reporter asked what a 15th major title might mean given all the strain and hubbub and surgery since the 14th, which was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. "It's one of my better rounds I've played". Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy is also in the hunt, as is Xander Schauffele.

Woods might not win The Open this week, and he might not win the PGA Championship at Bellerive in August, and we can still debate whether or not he can catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships. When he arrived for the second round to be greeted by constant rain he changed that philosophy. "I felt like it was an opportunity to score well out there".

The Northern Irishman said: "Definitely - (the plan is to) go out and hit a lot of drivers".

"There were a few shots I hit poorly out there". He goes into the weekend just three shots back. The last two Opens at Carnoustie have ended with the victor coming from down 10 strokes (Paul Lawrie, 1999) and six strokes (Padraig Harrington, 2007) down entering the final day. There the anthropomorphic cat tries to cheer up two bored children, alone at home, by first playing with the fish and then bringing along a box, containing two creatures similar to him who then wreak havoc in the house.

McIlroy also feels there is also room for improvement in terms of the quality of his play. "Maybe my wedge play wasn't quite as good as it should have been, but I give myself plenty of chances", McIlroy said.

"I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone at this point".

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"We've got pretty much a new tournament tomorrow", Spieth said. [It was] 20 pounds, I think.

Not since Woods in 2006 has the defending champion gone into the final round with at least a share of the lead.

If Spieth was satisfied with his day, Woods was positively delighted to put himself within striking distance in his quest to end a decade-long major drought. They are the two holes that will nag at the Holywood native but, overall, he should be very content with his solid start to the third Major of the year.

Tiger Woods rattled off six birdies in 11 holes during the third round of The Open Championship at Carnoustie en route to a 5-under 66.

McIlroy was within two shots of the lead until bogeys on two of his last three holes for a 70 left him four behind.

Woods shot five-under 66, while Norris carded a respectable two-under 69 in an atmosphere unlike any other he had experienced before. He turned in 41 and eventually stumbled to a 78 and missed the cut, which fell at four over.

Woods, who has three Open wins in his 14 majors, will be a big contender on Sunday as Carnoustie Golf Links was benign and amiable with no wind and ideal weather. From tickets and transfers to hospitality & golf, Golfbreaks.com can build the flawless package to help you experience The Open in style.

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