Tiger Woods playing cards his lowest main rating since 2011 The 147th Open Championship Venue: Carnoustie, Scotland Dates: 19-22 July Protection: Dwell throughout BBC Radio, highlights on BBC TV and on-line, dwell textual content commentaries on BBC web site. Jordan Spieth says it’s a “dream come true” to battle 14-time main winner Tiger Woods on the ultimate day of the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Defending champion Spieth shares the lead with fellow People Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele at 9 below. Former world primary Woods, 42, is 4 photographs behind after his lowest spherical at a serious since 2011. “I’ve at all times wished to battle it out with Tiger in a serious – who hasn’t?” mentioned 24-year-old Spieth. Woods has not received a serious since 2008 after private issues and severe harm interrupted his profession, however performed himself into competition at Carnoustie with a five-under 66 on Saturday. The three-time Open champion says “it is going to be enjoyable” discovering out if he can win on the Scottish hyperlinks for a 15th main. “It has been a couple of years since I’ve felt like this,” he mentioned. “I am proper there. I’ve acquired an opportunity at this, which is nice. I needed to keep inside attain.” Spieth, bidding to turn into the primary man to defend the Claret Jug since 2008, eagled the par-four first in a bogey-free 65. However, on a course the place Paul Lawrie fought again from a file 10-shot deficit to win the 1999 Championship, the Texan believes Woods will pose a big risk throughout Sunday’s ultimate spherical. “I believe I performed it out at Augusta in my head,” he mentioned. “It is form of a dream come true simply to have the chance.” Co-leader Jordan Spieth shoots ‘world class’ 65 at CarnoustieThe pair won’t be collectively for the ultimate spherical however the roars that the followers following their respective teams generated on Saturday will definitely make them conscious of one another’s actions. “I noticed he performed fairly properly. I am not stunned. He appeared assured strolling off the placing inexperienced right now, the little that we talked,” mentioned Spieth. “It is good that he is on level. It is actually good for the game, clearly, for the additional curiosity. “And the best way that he is hanging these two or three irons, he is actually going to be in it, which is absolutely thrilling for us.” But it surely’s not nearly Tiger v Jordan. With excessive winds and rain forecast for Sunday afternoon on the Carnoustie hyperlinks on the east coast of Scotland, BBC Sport commentator Ken Brown mentioned: “There are 35 gamers who will assume that if they’ve the spherical of their lives early on earlier than the winds hit they’ve an actual probability.” Saturday was performed in largely benign circumstances, with the solar breaking by cloudy skies amid gentle winds. And that led to low scoring and a leaderboard that swayed wildly. Three-time Claret Jug winner Woods, who missed the earlier two Opens with again points, added: “That was good. I performed properly. I needed to keep in attain. And 4 is certainly in attain. Particularly if we get the climate that has been forecast. “Nonetheless, if the unhealthy climate does not are available, then we all know we will need to shoot eight below par on Sunday.” Hundreds adopted Woods across the hyperlinks and it was not troublesome to know precisely the place he was with cheers echoing throughout the course, heralding every of his six birdies. That isn’t to say there was not help for others in competition. However evaluating the group’s response to Woods strolling from the 15th inexperienced to 16th tee, which was spine-tingling to be within the midst of, with these of Spieth, and even Rory McIlroy, it is obvious who the overwhelming majority need to win. Tiger Woods displays on a ‘good day’ at CarnoustieAnd it isn’t simply the followers. Commentator Andrew Cotter declared within the BBC Two highlights programme: “I’m giddy with pleasure. There is a wave of nostalgia and also you see what he does for golf. “To have him in competition on the ultimate day is what you need. He was so spectacular, and if he is not fairly again to his absolute best he is getting there.” McIlroy is, like Woods, 4 again after dropping a shot on the final. The Northern Irishman, who received the final of his 4 majors 4 years in the past, mentioned: “I have to get off to a quick begin. I am nonetheless within the event and the wind is meant to select up so it is going to make issues attention-grabbing.” On his strategy to Sunday, the 2014 Open champion added that the plan is “undoubtedly to exit and hit loads of drivers”. Spieth mentioned he had spent Saturday morning watching on the tv and realising “the course was gettable”. He then walked into Carnoustie for a hair minimize. “He went a bit excessive and tight,” smiled Spieth. “A traditional £9 British hair minimize. Value me £20.” Again to the golf, he added: “I am simply glad to have given myself an opportunity after the best way I performed on day one. And now it is arrange for a traditional Carnoustie Open with a bunched-up area and 25mph winds due. “Saturday was about it taking shot by shot and I used to be actually strong. Sunday may be extra about anticipating the sudden. And it’ll imply a bit extra with Tiger in there competing too. It is good to get the chance.”
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