Tiger Woods hopes his children are proud despite falling short at Carnoustie

Tiger Woods hopes his children are proud despite falling short at Carnoustie

Tiger Woods hopes his children are proud despite falling short at Carnoustie

But he could get the battle with Tiger Woods he has always pictured in his head with the 14-time major victor lurking ominously among the chasing pack after a thrilling day of low scoring at a defenceless Carnoustie.

The tone was set when Spieth drove the first green on the 363-metre par-4 and holed a three-metre eagle putt on his way to a bogey-free 65 to finish at nine under; a total matched by compatriots Xander Schauffele (67) and Kevin Kisner (68).

Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Kevin Kisner were also 6 under. But it was the American's playing partner Molinari who wrote his own script to claim his major breakthrough at the 36th time of asking.

"I told them I tried, and I said, "Hopefully you're proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did", he said".

Other top players weren't as fortunate. Woods arrived at all three of this year's majors with high hopes after promising finishes.

From there Woods two-putted from long range for another birdie and when he did the same on the par-five 14th, he was tied for the lead in a major championship for the first time since the second round of the 2013 Masters.

"That putt on the last, I'll never forget", he said.

"It kept me in the fight", he said of his lucky break. "I looked up, and I saw Tiger at number one and he was leading solo, and I went to (caddie) Michael (Greller), I was like, 'Dammit, I looked at the board, dude'".

Woods tied for sixth at the weekend's British Open, thrilling golf fans by threatening to win once again on Sunday.

The 14-times major victor had to settle for a closing 71 and a 279 aggregate.

Woods leaked another shot at the tough 12th and, although he got back to within a shot of the lead with a birdie at 14, he could only par in from there for a 71 which left him three behind champion Francesco Molinari.

So the player in the best form of anyone in the world over the last two months with two wins and two second place sin his last five starts, retained his respect for the great course and wasn't going to take any liberties. "And he's like, 'I put my chips behind anything you decide, always.' And that kind of gave me that little extra boost", Spieth said. I know I was within one.

Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar were within one of the lead, having played four and two holes respectively.

"But I'm right there". You get the right side of the draw, and you're playing some good weather, and you might be able to make some shots back and make it happen.

He was pumping his fist and even raised a two-fingered V for victory to the gallery at the fourth as he sank a longish birdie putt to move to three off the lead.

Woods made a solid par at 17 before flirting with disaster at 18. I've played with him before in Ryder Cups and in big occasions, so I knew what was coming, and I was ready for it. "Either I hit that shot and it clears the burn, or I hit it right next to my feet", he said. But I felt really good this morning. "This time, it's me". "The golf course was gettable".

Sitting atop the leaderboard felt familiar, Woods said. "I was very, very fortunate that it got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green". It's been five years since Woods' last win and a decade since he won a major.

Woods, however, will not yet allow himself to consider how he might feel should he succeed.

"We've got pretty much a new tournament tomorrow", Spieth said. Perez was tied for the lead until he hit into a bunker on the 18th hole and took bogey.

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