Watch Zach Johnson drain a mammoth eagle putt at the British Open

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. He laid up, pitched to three feet, and made a par.

Asked what his reaction was Friday night when he learned he'd be paired with Woods, Norris said, "The only person who wasn't happy was my mother, because she couldn't get up close outside the ropes to see me play because it was 15 to 20 people deep". He's zeroing in on another top-10 finish at a major, having placed fifth at last month's U.S. Open and 10th at the Masters.

The idea of Tiger Woods as a major tournament threat returned fiercely on Saturday when the American golf superstar's name appeared atop the British Open leaderboard.

"I've always wanted to battle it out in a major with Tiger". In scenes reminiscent of those in the prime of his career, waves of excitement rippled through the massive gallery as 14-times major champion Woods charged up the leaderboard. He missed an 8-footer on No. 5 for the outright lead.

On a day ideal for low scoring on Saturday, Woods let rip with his driver and tucked into the birdie buffet, briefly grabbing a share of the lead - something the American had not done since the 2013 Masters. When he completed his round, Rose, at 4-under, was just two shots out of the lead.

"I could have cleaned up the round a little bit", he said. I'm only a few shots behind.

Played in the United Kingdom as the only major not in the US, the British Open is being held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland in 2018. A par on the 18th would have given him a two-stroke lead over Zach Johnson, already in the clubhouse.

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McIlroy made his splash on the global stage as an 18-year-old amateur when the Open was last staged at Carnoustie in 2007, and he spoke in the build-up about how he hoped to rekindle some of that boyish enthusiasm.

Tiger Woods is out on the course, making a par on the first hole. He is even par for the tournament.

Fleetwood entered the weekend on five under par - just one off the lead - while McIlroy started Saturday on four under.

Tiger Woods slogged through a wet Friday at the British Open. "I think it will blow this weekend and make it even more hard". With his right leg flexed on the turf and his left leg in the 3-foot deep ditch, he managed to get the ball out, but still made double bogey.

This is the 16th time he has been in at least a share of the lead in the majors in the five years he has been playing them on a regular basis.

It took a chunk out of Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the Nos. He didn't miss the cut so it will be good. Rose is No. 3 and almost joined them until he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole to make the cut on the number.

Woods and Fleetwood are among a gaggle of players who are four shots behind joint-leaders Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner and it is the 27-year-old Englishman that Jacklin fancies to pick up the trophy.


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