The Open 2018: Jordan Spieth relishes Tiger Woods challenge at Carnoustie

Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead at Carnoustie as he tries to become the first repeat victor in 10 years at the British Open.

As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open's undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.

Kisner and Zach Johnson shared the lead entering the third round.

They have a two-shot edge over American Kevin Chappell, and a three-stroke cushion over in-form Italian Francesco Molinari.

Kevin Kisner has dropped out of the lead at the British Open after a double bogey and a bogey in his first three holes. He is four shots off the lead. "I feel really positive for tomorrow, and I'm going to fight for it".

Kisner had the outright lead going down the 18 but pushed his second shot at the par-four 18 into the Barry Burn and made a double bogey. "I've got a chance at this, which is great".

Kisner had the 54-hole lead at the PGA Championship a year ago.

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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.

Jul 21, 2018; Carnoustie, SCT; Xander Schauffele plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Carnoustie Golf Links. "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".

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Tiger Woods stirred this remote Scottish town on Saturday afternoon, briefly finding his name atop the leaderboard at The Open and leaving some hope for a legitimate Sunday charge to a 15th major championship.

Three players - including defending champion Jordan Spieth - are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 9-under par. Woods tees off with Molinari at 9:25 a.m.in Scotland.

He vaulted into a tie for sixth in a group that includes Rory McIlroy (70) and Tommy Fleetwood (71), who were left by the wayside on a day of low scoring. Birdies followed at the fourth, 11th, 14th and 16th as the Texan entered the clubhouse nine shots under.

Spieth had got his round going with an eagle at the par-4 first hole which signalled his intent, and a birdie on the 4th to 6 under. Woods, as you remember from the olden days, has never come from behind to win a major ... but these are different times now. "He didn't really say much". He also added, (But) I would like to have played better than I did but I am very happy that I am playing the round (weekend) today.

In his second major (he played the US Open earlier this year), Herbert woke feeling uneasy.

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