British Open Day Three

Rory McIlroy starts Saturday two off the lead at Carnoustie with a fifth Major title in his sights

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  • 13:29

    Hello, hello good afternoon and welcome to day three of the 2018 British Open. My name is Ruaidhrí Croke and I will be with you for the afternoon to keep you up to date on what looks to be a very good day for scoring at Carnoustie. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke. Tee times and leading scores below!

    Leading scores
    -6: Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner
    -5: Chris Wood (13), Tommy Fleetwood, Pat Perez, Xander Schauffele
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Rory McIlroy, Erik Van Rooyen, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau, Zander Lombard
    -3: Kevin Chappell, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler
    -2: Thorbjorn Olesen, Danny Willett, Luke List, Brandon Stone
    *Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy, +3 Paul Dunne (11)

    Third round tee times
    All times Irish (a denotes amateur, Irish in bold)

    09:15: Gavin Green (Mas)

    09:25: Rhys Enoch (Eng), Patrick Reed (US)

    09:35: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Justin Rose (Eng)

    09:45: Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)

    09:55: Ross Fisher (Eng), Keegan Bradley (US)

    10:05: Ryan Fox (NZ), Jason Dufner (US)

    10:15: Bryson DeChambeau (US), Henrik Stenson (Swe)

    10:25: Tom Lewis (Eng), Sam Locke (Sco) (a)

    10:35: Paul Casey (Eng), Chris Wood (Eng)

    10:45: Bernhard Langer (Ger), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)

    11:00: Paul Dunne (Irl), Brett Rumford (Aus)

    11:10: Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn), Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)

    11:20: Cameron Smith (Aus), Brendan Steele (US)

    11:30: Marc Leishman (Aus), Lee Westwood (Eng)

    11:40: Byeong-hun An (Kor), Kevin Na (US)

    11:50: Julian Suri (US), Adam Hadwin (Can)

    12:00: Gary Woodland (US), Si Woo Kim (Kor)

    12:10: Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn)

    12:20: Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

    12:30: Beau Hossler (US), Haotong Li (Chn)

    12:45: Cameron Davis (Aus), Sean Crocker (US)

    12:55: Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Stewart Cink (US)

    13:05: Phil Mickelson (US), Austin Cook (US)

    13:15: Shaun Norris (SA), Tiger Woods (US)

    13:25: Lucas Herbert (Aus), Michael Kim (US)

    13:35: Jason Day (Aus), Francesco Molinari (Ita)

    13:45: Sung Kang (Kor), Webb Simpson (US)

    13:55: Patrick Cantlay (US), Eddie Pepperell (Eng)

    14:05: Matthew Southgate (Eng), Brooks Koepka (US)

    14:15: Kyle Stanley (US), Adam Scott (Aus)

    14:30: Charley Hoffman (US), Alex Noren (Swe)

    14:40: Ryan Moore (US), Brandon Stone (SA)

    14:50: Luke List (US), Danny Willett (Eng)

    15:00: Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Rickie Fowler (US)

    15:10: Jordan Spieth (US), Kevin Chappell (US)

    15:20: Zander Lombard (SA), Tony Finau (US)

    15:30: Matt Kuchar (US), Erik Van Rooyen (SA)

    15:40: Rory McIlroy (NI), Xander Schauffele (US)

    15:50: Pat Perez (US), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)

    16:00: Kevin Kisner (US), Zach Johnson (US)

  • 13:31

    If Rory McIlroy is to go on and lift the claret jug tomorrow evening it will bring him up to a tally of five Major titles. Aside from Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson that would put the 29-year-old at the top of the list of Major winners in the current era with a full four more than the world number one, two and three. Not bad for a man who, if some are to be believed, lacks ambition, can't putt and hasn't fully lived up to expectations.

    The McIlroy conundrum is an interesting one in that he is a spectacularly successful player on the very biggest of stages but, thanks to a certain Tiger Woods, our minds have al been warped to think that winning Majors is easy. It's not. It is exceptionally difficult. Reel off some of the names we all consider to be the best in the world and that point is clear to see. Dustin Johnson - one Major title. Justin Thomas - one Major title. Justin Rose - one Major title. Jon Rahm - no Major titles. Rickie Fowler - no Major titles.

    The closest to McIlroy of the twentysomethings is Jordan Spieth and a win tomorrow would only put him level on Major wins with McIlroy. A win for McIlroy would put him just one behind Mickelson and Nick Faldo and just two behind Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead. These are the godfathers of the game and, before he reaches the age of 30, McIlroy could have them in his sights.

    Ireland doesn't produce many superstars on a world stage but that, undoubtedly, is what McIlroy is. The closest in current times is probably Conor McGregor but what even is Conor McGregor these days? Can a man who hasn't plied his trade in nearly two years (discounting the Floyd Mayweather pantomime) really be considered a sportsperson? Perhaps that's why McIlroy is judged so harshly.

    Much is expected and whatever he achieves may never be enough. What's certain, however, is that a second claret jug and a fifth Major title would move him ever closer to golf's pantheon of greats.

    Another man looking to move in that direction is Spieth. By all accounts it’s been a poor year for the American but, as he always does, he has got himself into contention on the biggest stage of all.

    Last year’s win at Royal Birkdale and all the drama that went with it showed just how incredible his competitive nature is and he will not let this claret jug go without a fight. With just two previous Major winners – Zach Johnson and McIlroy – ahead of him, Spieth will look to make an early move and get the more inexperienced players quaking in their boots.

    Remember at the start of 2016 all of the talk was of a McIlroy v Spieth rivalry to define the age? Maybe, just maybe, we will get it this weekend.

  • 14:04

    Time to catch up with some of the early action as we properly kick into action with the leaders tee times less than two hours away.


    And, as expected, there has been plenty of action already. It's a beautiful day in Carnoustie with temperatures around the 18 degree mark, little or no wind and no rain. Add to that the fact that yesterday's heavy rain took much of the sting out of this course and your result is a Carnoustie that is about as scoreable as it will ever be in a British Open. And that makes for some moving day.


    The biggest movers so far are the English duo of Justin Rose and Chris Wood. Out early this morning Rose made the most of the perfectly benign conditons to post seven birdies and no bogeys for a round of 64 which saw him cover the back nine in just 30 shots. It moves the 2013 US Open champion to -4 for the tournament and into a tie for sixth alongside McIlroy. Rose will undoubtedly fall back as the day goes on but he has certainly given himself a chance going into the final day.


    And, alongside him at -4, is Wood. The tall Englishman is -6 through his first 16 holes thanks to five birdies on the front nine and two so far on the back with just one bogey. It is called moving day for a reason.


    Another man looking to make a move is Tiger Woods. The 14-time Major winner got underway at 1.15pm and held an excellent par saving putt at the first. That got the momentum going and pars followed at the second and third before he made his first birdie of the day just now at the fourth to get to -1 for the tournament and within five of the lead.


    One group ahead and alongside Woods at -1 is Phil Mickelson who has birdied the fifth to add to four previous pars and he is now also within five of the lead.


    We're still a long way from the final groups getting underway and already we have plenty of drama!

  • 14:11

    Wood's run has hit a bit of a bump at the 17th after his approach shot turned over left and into the heavy rough. From there he failed to get up and down and he now slips back to -3.


    The latest low round comes from Yusaku Miyazato of Japan who has signed for a 65 to get into a tie for 12th at -3.  


    Paul Dunne was the only other Irish player to make the cut but, so far, he hasn't made the most of these easy conditions. After 14 holes he is +1 for the day and back in a tie for 65th at +3.


    Speaking of the cut, after yesterday's rain and damp conditions it looks like today has dawned with birdies and eagles to be made on a scoreable Carnoustie. The birdie-fest predicted by some at the start of the week has never really materialised as this devilishly difficult links course holds its own. The burnt out fairways and trecherous bunkers have claimed many a victim with many of the pre-tournament favourites not even making the weekend.


    The frustration even led to Shane Lowry seemingly splitting from his long-time caddie Dermot Byrne after the first round with coach Neil Manchip taking the bag on Friday. A quick rundown of some of those to miss the cut makes for interesting reading:


    Daniel Berger (+4)
    Justin Thomas (+4)
    Branden Grace (+4)
    Sergio Garcia (+4)
    Hideki Matsuyama (+4)
    Russell Knox (+4)
    Martin Kaymer (+4)
    Matt Fitzpatrick (+5)
    Shane Lowry (+5)
    Jon Rahm (+5)
    Dustin Johnson (+6)
    Bubba Watson (+6)
    Pádraig Harrington (+8)
    Brandt Snedeker (+12)
    Ian Poulter (+12)

  • 14:21

    It's all getting a little ugly for Wood at the last now. After turning his approach over left again it looked destined to go out of bounds but the small picket fence on the left held it up. However, his ball remained nestled up against the fence meaning he could only bunt his third shot forward with a putter, leaving 60 feet across the green for par.

    And he's nailed it!

    What a putt that was. He pours it right in the middle to save his four and sign for a round of 66 to get into the clubhouse at -3.

    As for Woods plural, a par at the fifth keeps him at -1. He's been very cautious so far, steadfastly sticking to his plan of irons off the tee but, if he's going to make a real run at this, he needs to get the driver out.  

    That's exactly what he has done at the sixth and it's reaped dividends as his tee shot bounds well down the fairway, leaving no more than a wedge to that green.

  • 14:32

    It's a bad bogey for Mickelson at the sixth and it comes via a very short missed par putt. That sees him drop back to level par.

    As for Woods, he sent an excellent long iron shot onto the front of the sixth green, leaving a long eagle putt on that Par 5. However, two putts there and he moves to within four of the lead. Don't rule him out.

    Leading scores
    -6: Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner
    -5: Tommy Fleetwood, Pat Perez, Xander Schauffele
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Rory McIlroy, Erik Van Rooyen, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau, Zander Lombard
    -3: Yusaku Miyazato (F:65), Chris Wood (F:66), Byeong Hun An (13), Sean Crocker (8), Austin Cook (6), Kevin Chappell, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy, +3 Paul Dunne (16)
    Notable scores: E Phil Mickelson (6), -1 Tiger Woods (5)

  • 14:36

    Birdie for Woods!

    His long, long eagle putt stops about eight feet short but no matter. He steps up and rolls it into the middle for his second birdie of the day to move to -2 and four off the lead.

    Look over your shoulder leaders, the big cat is prowling...

  • 14:44

    An iron down the seventh fairway and a beautiful approach sets up another birdie chance for Woods. He has about 15 feet there to get to -3 and into the top 20.

    One better than that is Patrick Cantlay who has come flying out of the blocks with three birdies in his first four holes to get to -4.

    Over at the 17th Dunne has found a birdie to get back to level par for the day and +2 for the tournament.

  • 14:49

    No joy for Woods with that birdie putt as it hangs left and stays out. He now moves to the Par 3 eighth at -2.

    Over at the first Alex Noren - much fancied at the start of the week - has opened with a birdie to get to -2 while Brandon Stone - who won the Scottish Open last week with that final round of 60 - has parred the first to remain on the same mark.

  • 14:59

    Woods' tee shot at the Par 3 eighth looks straight down the barrel but lands short and spins back off the green.  

    From there his long putt looks in the middle the whole way but stops inches short!  

    That was very nearly a bomb holed to get to -3 but he'll take the par and remain at -2.

    Over at the first Danny Willett has opened with a par to remain at the same mark. It would be great to see him make a charge up the leaderboard today and continue this comeback after hitting the absolute doldrums of 442 in the world just two years after his US Masters win at Augusta.

  • 15:03

    We're starting to get into the real meat of the action now.

    On the first tee Rickie Fowler (-3) and Thorbjorn Olesen (-2) have both whipped irons down the fairway and are underway.

    Fowler was the pick of a lot of people at the start of the week. Still majorless he surely must make the move soon but he's been in this position many times now and not converted. With these conditions and out an hour before the leaders perhaps it sets up perfectly for him to make a run.

    Over at the ninth Woods found the heavy rough down the left with his tee shot but has managed to muscle his approach to the front of the green. From there he will face about 50 feet for birdie.

  • 15:05
  • 15:09

    And Jordan Spieth is now on the first tee. He starts the day at -3 alongside Kevin Chappell who is at the same mark.

    It's a year since Spieth collected the claret jug with all of the final day drama along the way. In a quirky coincidence, the referee with his group today is the same referee who gave the ruling to Spieth on the 13th last year.

    A poisitive omen perhaps.

    Up at the 11th Sean Crocker has rolled in his fourth birdie of the day to get into the group at -4.

  • 15:10

    TIGER!

    After that hack out of the long stuff on the ninth Woods has nailed a 50 foot putt for birdie!

    That sees him out in -3 and now -3 for the tournament.

    Tiger Woods is just three off the lead, ladies and gents.

    Alongside him is Francesco Molinari who has just made back-to-back birdies to get to -3. It's all happening now.

  • 15:13

    Wow, what a drive from Jordan Spieth.

    On the very first hole he has laid down a huge marker of intent by taking driver and spearing it down the left. From there it bounds on ... and on ... and on ... all the way onto the green 387 yards away!

    That leaves him with just 12 feet for an eagle two on the first. What a shot that was.

    On the first it's a par for Fowler after a good approach and he will be a little disappointed with that missed birdie putt. He stays at -3 while Olesen remains at -2 after he also made par.

  • 15:16

    Woods really has that look in his eye now.  

    On the long Par 4 10th he has ripped a drive down the middle and is hunting for his second birdie in a row after that huge putt at the ninth.

    Over to Spieth we go at the first.

    He has 12 feet up the hill for eagle to get to -5 and within one of the lead...

  • 15:21

    And he makes it!


    His putt tries to sneak right and stay out but it catches the edge, spins all the way around and drops for an opening eagle two!


    What a start that is and we have even more drama over at the 10th!


    After that long drive Woods has sent a gorgeous approach into the green which almost lands in the hole but spins up to a few inches. That's a kick-in birdie and Woods is now just two off the lead while Spieth is just one off!


    Leading scores
    -6: Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner
    -5: Jordan Spieth (1), Tommy Fleetwood, Pat Perez, Xander Schauffele
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Sean Crocker (11), Tiger Woods (10), Patrick Cantlay (6), Kevin Chappell (1), Rory McIlroy, Erik Van Rooyen, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau, Zander Lombard
    -3: Yusaku Miyazato (F:65), Chris Wood (F:66), Byeong Hun An (17), Satoshi Kodaira (14), Austin Cook (10), Francesco Molinari (8), Webb Simpson (1), Rickie Fowler (1)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy, +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 15:23

    We still have 40 minutes to go until the leaders go off and already everyone is trying to catch their breath.

    That is just a stunning start from Spieth and a serious statement of intent while Woods is now really and truly in the mix for a 15th Major title. It's still so difficult to believe that is actually true.

    Just 15 minutes now until McIlroy gets underway and, judging by the scores so far, he's going to need a fast start.

  • 15:25

    And now Fowler moves to -4.

    After a poor drive at the second which caught the left rough he sends a gorgeous wedge in to 12 feet and rolls the putt right into the middle to join the group at -4 which includes McIlroy, Woods, and Rose. What a stellar lineup we have ready to pounce on the leaders.

    That group also includes Chappell whose birdie at the first was overshadowed by the heroics of Spieth.

  • 15:28

    Tiger Woods has just driven the green at the 382-yard Par 4 11th.  

    Okay, we have a Major for the ages on our hands now - McIlroy, Spieth and Woods are all right in the middle of this.

    At the 11th Woods will have about 50 feet across the green to negotiate. If he can do it in two it will be his third birdie in a row and he will move to -5, one off the lead.

  • 15:30

    After a poor drive out right at the second Spieth recovers well with an approach to the heart of the green.

    From there he lags a good putt up to a few feet and rolls in his putt for par to remain at -5 and one off the lead..

    Just 10 minutes now until McIlroy time!

  • 15:37

    From 95 feet across the green at the Par 4 11th Woods' eagle putt comes up a few feet short and bang on line.  

    That's a great effort and from there he rolls in his birdie putt to get to -5 and into a tie for third. He is now just one off the lead after three birdies in a row.

    Also at that mark is Chappell who has followed his birdie at the first with another at the second for the perfect start.

    And they're joined by Cantlay who has birdied the eighth to get to -4 for the day and also within one of the lead.

    Leading scores
    -6: Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner
    -5: Tiger Woods (11), Patrick Cantlay (8), Jordan Spieth (2), Kevin Chappell (2), Tommy Fleetwood, Pat Perez, Xander Schauffele
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Rickie Fowler (2), Zandar Lombard (1), Tony Finau (1), Rory McIlroy, Erik Van Rooyen, Matt Kuchar
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy, +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 15:41

    Now on the tee, Rory McIlroy!

    Okay, it's time.

    This is a day to attack and few are better at doing that than McIlroy. He takes driver at the first and launches a stunner down the middle, leaving him with a 20 yard pitch up to the pin.

    At the first Kuchar - beaten of course by Spieth last year - has opened with a par to remain at -4.

    Speaking of Spieth, a good drive down the third and a solid iron into the heart of the green leaves him with 15 feet for birdie to tie the lead.

  • 15:43

    We have a new man into the lead!

    Kevin Chappell has come absolutely storming out of the blocks and he's doing it completely under the radar of these big names.

    Another solid iron into the third green and another perfect putt gives him his third birdie of the day and he now moves to -3.

    At the difficult Par 4 12th Woods again opted to lay back and has sent an approach in to the back of the green, leaving a routine up and down to save his par.

    We're right in the thick of this now, hold onto your hats.

  • 15:47

    Spieth's birdie putt at the third is bang on line but comes up short. He'll be disappointed with that but it's okay. It's a par and he remains one back.

    Alongside him is Woods after he got down in two from the back of the 12th green.

    Back to McIlroy we go.

  • 15:48

    McIlroy's drive held up on a slope 20 yards short of the green, leaving a very difficult shot. He opts for the putter and lags it down towards the hole but it rolls eight feet past. That's for an opening birdie.

    Hoffman and Molinari are the latest men to move to -4. There are so any moving now that it's hard to keep track of.

  • 15:51

    Another super approach shot to the fourth sets up an easy birdie putt for Fowler who dutifully knocks it in the middle to get to -5 alongside Spieth, Cantlay, Woods, Fleetwood and Perez.


    Here comes McIlroy for the birdie at the first...


    And it stays out on the left. That looked like a good putt all the way but it kissed the edge and stayed out. It's an opening par and McIlroy remains two off the lead at -4.


    Leading scores
    -6: Kevin Chappell (3), Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner
    -5: Tiger Woods (11), Patrick Cantlay (8), Rickie Fowler (4), Jordan Spieth (3), Xander Schauffele (1), Tommy Fleetwood, Pat Perez
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Francesco Molinari (10), Charley Hoffman (6), Matt Kuchar (1), Erik Van Rooyen (1), Rory McIlroy (1)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (1), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 15:53

    At the first tee Fleetwood and Perez have got underway with two good drives.

    And we have another man to -5.

    After an approach to 20 feet at the second Kuchar has rolled his putt right into the middle to get to within one of the lead. Can he perhaps get his revenge for last year?

    Over at the Par 3 13th Woods' leaves his tee shot out to the right a little but it finds the green, leaving him 25 feet for birdie.

  • 15:54

    Jordan Spieth ties the lead.

    A stunning wedge into the fourth spins up to two feet, leaving a tap-in birdie for last year's winner and he now makes it a four-way tie for the lead at -6 with Chappell, Johnson and Kisner.

    Back at the second McIlroy again opts for driver and sends an absolute bomb down the fairway. That leaves nothing more than a flick of the wedge.

    With the way things are going he needs a few early birdies just to keep up.

  • 15:57

    Fleetwood was left with a tricky distance at the first and it shows as his wedge into the green kicks on and rolls 15 feet past.

    No such problems for Perez who has knocked a gorgeous approach in to seven feet. He will have that to tie the lead.

    Up ahead at the fourth Chappell misses a good chance for a fourth birdie in a row and to take the lead on his own.

    He has to settle for par and remain in that tie at -6.

    And the tie oh-so nearly had one more member. Woods' birdie putt at the 13th looked good all the way but dived left at the very end and stayed out!

    He stays at -5 and one off the lead.

  • 16:00

    Trouble for McIlroy.

    And this is not what he needs with everyone else making birdies galore.

    After that huge drive at the second his approach is a little too aggressive, flying right over the pin and bouncing into the little pot bunker where, I'm afriad to say, it has plugged. This is bad news.

    Back at the first Perez and Fleetwood have both opened with pars to remain at -5. And on the tee Johnson and Kisner have teed off.

    We are now fully underway in this final round!

  • 16:05

    Spieth is taking the bull by the horns here and it's up to the rest of the field to keep up.

    Another super approach to the Par 4 fifth leaves him with 12 feet for birdie to take the lead on his own.

  • 16:08

    What a par save from McIlroy!

    From that plugged lie he can only pop it out to the fringe but, from 15 feet, he rolls his par putt right into the centre and gives it a big fist pump.

    That is a huge save there and keeps him within two of the lead.

    Leading scores
    -6: Jordan Spieth (4), Kevin Chappell (3), Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner
    -5: Tiger Woods (13), Rickie Fowler (5), Matt Kuchar (3), Tommy Fleetwood (1), Pat Perez (1)
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Austin Cook (14), Francesco Molinari (10), Charley Hoffman (8), Alex Noren (8), Zandar Lombard (4), Rory McIlroy (2), Xander Schauffele (2)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (2), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 16:10

    Spieth is on the move early after he hits his putt at the fifth. It's right all the way and stays out, leaving him in a tie for the lead with Chappell, Johnson and Kisner.

    Up at the 14th Woods has reached the Par 5 and hit the green in two with a super second shot. That leaves 40 feet for eagle. Two putts and Tiger ties the lead...

  • 16:11

    After that great par save McIlroy is taking the Par 4 third on with driver but he hooks it well left. However, that's fine there and it actually leaves a good angle to the green from the far side of the fifth tee box.

    At the first Johnson did well to get down in two from the back of the green after his approach from the fairway bunker flew long. Kisner also pars and they both remain in the tie for the lead at -6.

  • 16:12

    Tommy Fleetwood ties the lead!


    A solid approach to the second green left him with 30 feet for birdie and he pours it right in the middle to get to -6!  


    We now have a five-way tie for the lead.

  • 16:13

    A beautiful pitch from the heavy rough on the left of the third rolls out beautifully to 10 feet for McIlroy. That's a great shot from there and gives him a good look at birdie to get within one of the lead.

    And the lead may soon be changed as Spieth has launched a huge drive down the Par 5 sixth which leaves the green well in range in two.

  • 16:16

    TIGER WOODS IS TIED FOR THE LEAD ON SATURDAY AT THE BRITISH OPEN!

    A good lagged eagle putt up the 14th green leaves Woods with a routine tap in for birdie to get to -6 and make it a six-way tie for the lead.

  • 16:18

    McIlroy's birdie putt is agonisingly close at the third but it slips past the edge, meaning he has to settle for a third straight par.  

    That's okay for the moment, he hasn't lost any ground on the leaders but everyone above him is only going in one direction so he needs birdies soon.

    Elsewhere, Kuchar has dropped a shot at the fifth to drop back to -4 alongside McIlroy.

    Leading scores
    -6: Tiger Woods (14), Jordan Spieth (5), Kevin Chappell (5), Tommy Fleetwood (2), Zach Johnson (1), Kevin Kisner (1)
    -5: Rickie Fowler (5), Erik Van Rooyen (3)
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Austin Cook (14), Francesco Molinari (12), Patrick Cantlay (11), Charley Hoffman (8), Alex Noren (8), Zandar Lombard (4), Matt Kuchar (4), Rory McIlroy (3), Xander Schauffele (3), Pat Perez (2)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (3), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 16:20

    What an unbelievable performance this is from Woods.

    Less than a year ago it looked like he'd never play golf again. Now he's tied for the lead on a Saturday at golf's oldest championship. Just incredible.

    However, he now faces into the terrifyingly difficult four-hole stretch to finish.

    He goes with iron off the tee at the 470-yard Par 4 15th and finds the centre of the short stuff.

  • 16:22

    Disaster for Fowler at the sixth.

    This could even spell the end of his Open chances.

    After hitting his tee shot out of bounds he's wound up with a triple bogey eight to slip all the way back to -2 which is now in a tie for 30th. How quickly it cann all change.

    And there is also trouble for Spieth at the same hole after his second shot to the green found a pot bunker and looks to be sitting very awkwardly. That looks like a pitch out sideways.

    And now the wind is beginning to pick up.

    This is just superb.

  • 16:23

    Woods is absolutely on it now.

    After that iron down the 15th fairway he has speared a gorgeous approach right down the flag, leaving 20 feet for birdie. That is to take the lead on his own.

    At the second it's two pars again for Johnson and Kisner and they remain in the six-way tie at -6.

  • 16:26

    McIlroy's drive at the fourth found the heavy rough on the right and from there he can only hack it forward to the left of the green, leaving a tricky up-and-down to save his par.

    It hasn't quite been the quick start he wanted but what he really can't afford is to let a shot dropped. It's so bunched now that he would fall a long way back.

    At the sixth Spieth is, in fact, able to play out towards the pin and he does a good job of it to get it rolling down to 20 feet or so. That's for a birdie to take the lead on his own.

    Someone has to get past third -6 mark eventually...

  • 16:28

    Six becomes five.

    Trouble off the tee for Chappell at the sixth sees him wind up with a bogey and he drops back to -5.

    At the 15th Woods' long birdie putt looks good all the way once again but misses by milimetres on the right. He has putted so, so well today and he remains in a tie for the lead at -6.

  • 16:32

    Bogey for McIlroy.

    This is not the start he wanted one bit.

    His long birdie putt across the green leaves him with six feet for par and he pushes that putt out right.

    That one dropped shot sees him tumble down the leaderboard into a tie for 18th and yet he is still only three off the lead.

    That's because Spieth's birdie putt at the sixth moved right and stayed out.

    No one can jump out of this group at -6 it seems.

    Leading scores
    -6: Tiger Woods (15), Jordan Spieth (6), Tommy Fleetwood (3), Zach Johnson (2), Kevin Kisner (2)
    -5: Kevin Chappell (6), Zandar Lombard (5), Erik Van Rooyen (3)
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Austin Cook (16), Francesco Molinari (13), Adam Scott (10), Charley Hoffman (10), Tony Finau (5), Xander Schauffele (4), Pat Perez (3)
    Irish scores: -3 Rory McIlroy (4), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 16:34

    McIlroy needs a birdie big-time and he's opted for the iron at the fifth. It's the right option as he finds the centre of the fairway, leaving a short iron for his approach. He really, really needs to get a move on; this is a birdie-fest at the moment and so far he hasn't been invited.


    At the Par 3 16th Woods' tee shot is right down the barrel of the pin but it catches the ridge to the right and rolls down into a collection area leaving a tricky up-and-down for par.

  • 16:36

    Kevin Kisner takes the lead on his own!

    An absolutely superb approach into the Par 4 third left the American with no more than three feet for the birdie to break out of the tie at -6 and set the target at -7.

    Alongside him Johnson makes an excellent save from six feet to remain at -6.

  • 16:39

    McIlroy needs to get going and he has a chance at the fifth.


    His wedge into the green pulls a little left and looks like it may catch the bunker but it stays up and spins back, leaving 15 feet for birdie. Oh how he needs that.


    At the 16th Woods putt up from the right of the green comes up a good six feet short. Big putt coming up for par...


    And he misses.


    That's a big error and Woods drops out of the lead with his first bogey of the day.

  • 16:43

    No birdie for McIlroy.

    His birdie putt starts left and stays left at the fifth and he remains at -3 and now four behind the lead.  

    He goes to the Par 5 sixth in serious need of a birdie.

    At the seventh Spieth does well to two-putt from a long way away for par to remain at -6.

    Leading scores
    -7: Kevin Kisner (3)
    -6: Jordan Spieth (6), Tommy Fleetwood (4), Zach Johnson (3)
    -5: Tiger Woods (16), Francesco Molinari (14), Kevin Chappell (7), Zandar Lombard (6), Erik Van Rooyen (5), Xander Schauffele (5), Pat Perez (4)
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Austin Cook (17), Charley Hoffman (10), Alex Noren (10)
    Irish scores: -3 Rory McIlroy (5), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 16:45

    Trouble for Johnson at the fourth.

    He pulled his tee shot straight left and into the stream. From there he had to take a drop. However, he has sent a lovely wedge in with his third shot to about 12 feet which gives him a chance to save the par.

    Up ahead at the sixth McIlroy has absolutely launched a drive down the Par 5. That will be nothing more than a short iron in. An eagle here and it will all change for him.

  • 16:49

    A perfect tee shot down the 17th fairway is followed by an excellent approach from Woods which leaves about 20 feet for birdie.

    At the fourth Kisner maintains his one shot lead with a good two-putt for par to stay at -7.

    And the tie at six is now just three players - Spieth, Perez and Fleetwood - after Johnson's par putt slipped right and stayed out at the sixth, meaning he drops back to -5.

  • 16:52

    McIlroy has 246 to the pin for his second at the Par 5 sixth but it flies right and catches a greenside bunker. That looks like it could be a tricky one off the downslope with no green to work with. A par there will feel like a dropped shot.


    Up at the eighth Spieth has made a good job of a long birdie putt by lagging it up to a foot and tapping in for his par to stay at -6.


    And, over at the 17th, there is no joy for Woods as his birdie putt misses right. He has to settle for a par to stay two back at -5.

  • 16:56

    Over to Woods at the 18th tee.

    The hardest hole on the course is not exactly the finish you want but that's what makes Carnoustie what it is.

    Woods opts for an iron and pulls it left. It's headed for the water. It bounces and is still headed for the water...

    But it catches the edge, bounces right and stays out!

    What a break that is. He could have a difficult stance on the edge of the burn but that is some bit of luck.

  • 17:00

    Birdie for McIlroy!

    That's a super up and down from that downslope in the bunker and hopefully it will kickstart his round now. He currently sits three behind.

    Alongsie him Schauffele has moved to within one of the lead with a birdie there which gets him to -6.

    And another man up to that mark is Perez thanks to a birdie at the fifth.

    Leading scores
    -7: Kevin Kisner (4)
    -6: Jordan Spieth (8), Xander Schauffele (6), Pat Perez (5), Tommy Fleetwood (5)
    -5: Tiger Woods (17), Francesco Molinari (15) Kevin Chappell (8), Zandar Lombard (8), Erik Van Rooyen (7), Zach Johnson (4)
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Austin Cook (F:67), Webb Simpson (14), Patrick Cantlay (14), Charley Hoffman (12), Rory McIlroy (6)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (6), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 17:01

    Kisner's birdie putt at the fifth misses right and he remains at -7 with a one-shot lead.

    Up at the 18th Woods can only lay up from the heavy rough alongside the burn. He could really do with getting up and down from there to stay in touch.

  • 17:03

    The latest man to -5 is Webb Simpson after a birdie at the 15th.

    Back to Woods we go from 100 yards at the 18th.

    And he's played a beauty! A stunning wedge shot in spins up to a few feet and should see him save par to sign for a 66 and post -5.

    At the fifth Johnson has made another good par save but he remains two behind after that bogey at the previous hole.

  • 17:05

    Trouble for Perez and Fleetwood at the Par 5 sixth.

    Both got into bother off the tee and both wound up with bogeys to drop back to -5.

    And we have another man to -6!

    From off the right side of the 16th green Molinari has rolled a huge putt in for birdie to get to within one of the lead!

     

  • 17:09

    Back-to-back birdies for McIlroy!

    After a huge drive at the seventh he sent a wedge in to about 15 feet and sunk the birdie putt. That's McIlroy on the move and up to -5, just two behind.

    At the 18th Woods successfully holes out for that par to sign for a 66 and post -5. What a round of golf.

    And we now have a tie for the lead!

    Alongside McIlroy, Schauffele has rolled in yet another birdie putt - his third in a row - to get to -7 and join Kisner!

    Leading scores
    -7: Xander Schauffele (7), Kevin Kisner (5)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (16), Jordan Spieth (9)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (15), Zandar Lombard (8), Erik Van Rooyen (8), Rory McIlroy (7), Pat Perez (6), Tommy Fleetwood (6), Zach Johnson (5)
    Irish scores: -3 Rory McIlroy (6), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 17:14

    ZACH JOHNSON!

    What a putt that was!

    At the Par 5 sixth he has just rolled in an eagle putt from what must have been at least 90 feet up and over a ridge! That's incredible!

    He now moves back into a tie for the lead with Kisner and Schauffele.

  • 17:15

    Kisner takes the lead at -8!

    Well that didn't last long.

    Kisner's long eagle putt is perfectly judged, leaving a tap-in for birdie and he now gets to -8 and one ahead of Schauffele and Johnson.

    Over to McIlroy at the eighth.

  • 17:20

    At the Par 3 McIlroy sent a good shot into the front left of the green. His birdie putt is bang on line the whole way but comes up short meaning he remains at -5.

    Ahead at the 10th Spieth also has to settle for par to stay at -6.

    And, at the seventh, Perez has got that dropped shot straight back with a monster birdie putt!

    Leading scores
    -8: Kevin Kisner (6)
    -7: Xander Schauffele (8), Zach Johnson (6)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (17), Jordan Spieth (10), Pat Perez (7)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (16), Zandar Lombard (9), Erik Van Rooyen (9), Rory McIlroy (8), Tommy Fleetwood (7)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (8), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 17:24

    McIlroy is three behind now but he has the momentum.


    And he's made it count with his drive at the ninth. A monster tee shot down the fairway has chased out a long, long way, leaving no more than a wedge for his approach.

  • 17:26

    After that huge drive had just 114 yards in for his second but he's misjudged it. It comes up a bit short and spins back to about 25 feet or so. Very average.

    At the seventh Kisner will have some work to do to save par after coming up short with his approach.

  • 17:27

    Johnson ties the lead!

    After that monster eagle putt at the sixth he has followed it up with another big birdie putt at the seventh to get to -8 alongside Kisner who did manage to make par.

  • 17:31

    Spieth gets within one of the lead!

    After a fast start he's gone a little quiet but the defending champion is still right there. A gorgeous approach into the 11th left him with no more than three feet for the birdie and he now moves to -7.

    At the ninth McIlroy's 25-foot birdie putt turns left at the hole and stays out. He has to settle for a par and remains at -5, three shots behind.

    Leading scores
    -8: Kevin Kisner (7), Zach Johnson (7)
    -7: Jordan Spieth (11), Xander Schauffele (9)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (17), Pat Perez (8)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (17), Alex Noren (14), Zandar Lomard (10), Erik Van Rooyen (9), Rory McIlroy (9), Tommy Fleetwood (8)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (9), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 17:34

    After a stunning iron in to six feet at the 18th it's a disppointing finish for Molinari as he pulls his birdie putt left. He has to settle for a par but that's a superb round of 65 and means he takes the clubhouse lead at -6.

  • 17:36

    Kisner looks very cool at the top of the leaderboard, just tipping along.  

    Another good par at the eighth means he maintains that lead at -8.

    Alongside him Johnson made an excellent up-and-down from the greenside bunker to save his par and stay tied for that lead.

    At the 12th there is some trouble for Spieth after he sent his approach way right at the Par 4 and it looks to have buried down in the hay. That could be ugly.

  • 17:39

    Back to McIlroy at the 10th.

    A huge drive down the fairway left him with just 72 yards to the pin. A lovely delicate shot up in the air spun up 15 feet away and leaves him with a great chance for birdie to get within two.

  • 17:40

    Spieth found the bunker and not the long grass at the 12th and he's made the most of it with a superb splash shot up the green to eight feet. That will be a serious momentum booster if he can sink it to save par.

    Back at the ninth Perez found the fairway bunker off the tee and was forced the splash out. It's resulted in a bogey and he slips back to -5.

  • 17:43

    No birdie for McIlroy.

    His putt at the 10th lips out on the left and he remains at -5.

    Alongside him Schauffele also makes par to stay at -7 and one off the lead.

    And Spieth also stays at that mark after he made the par putt at the 12th for an excellent save.

    Leading scores
    -8: Kevin Kisner (8), Zach Johnson (8)
    -7: Jordan Spieth (12), Xander Schauffele (10)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Erik Van Rooyen (10)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (15), Kevin Chappell (12), Zandar Lomard (11), Rory McIlroy (10), Pat Perez (9), Tommy Fleetwood (9)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (10), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 17:47

    It's been a slow round so far from Fleetwood who is level par through nine but he may just be about to go better after a superb approach in to six feet at the 10th.

  • 17:49

    No birdie for Kisner.

    After that excellent iron into the ninth green his birdie putt lipped out, leaving him to settle for a par and a front nine of -2 to remain in the lead at -8.

    Alongside him is playing partner Johnson who also made par to match Kisner.

    Back to McIlroy we go at the 11th.

  • 17:50

    After another monstrous drive which almost reached the green McIlroy has pitched a nice shot up the green where it checks up and stops six feet short. That's a big putt. Miss that and it could kill the momentum, make it and he's within two of the lead.

    Back at the 10th Fleetwood has missed his good birdie chance and the frustration goes on. He stays at -5 and three behind.

  • 17:53

    Birdie for McIlroy!

    He makes no mistake with that birdie putt from the 11th to get to -2 for the day and up to -6, just two off the lead. He's right in the middle of this now.

    Alongside him Schauffele misses an excellent chance from closer than McIlroy after a beautiful approach. That was to tie the lead but, as it is, he stays one behind.

    Over at the Par 3 13th Spieth has done very well to get up and down from the right of the green to save par and remain one behind at -7.

    Leading scores
    -8: Kevin Kisner (9), Zach Johnson (9)
    -7: Jordan Spieth (13), Xander Schauffele (11)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Erik Van Rooyen (11), Rory McIlroy (11)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (16), Kevin Chappell (13), Zandar Lomard (12), Pat Perez (10), Tommy Fleetwood (10)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (11), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 17:57

    McIlroy has reached the monster Par 4 12th - it's 530 yards on the card - and has reduced it to size with yet another screamer of a drive. His driving was poor the first day but it's clear today that he's sorted that. What is usually a par hole is now setting up to be   birdie chance for McIlroy.

    Schauffele also takes driver and sends it right but it misses the bunkers. What a stroke of luck that was.

  • 17:59

    The leaders are at the 10th. From the left rough Kisner pulls his approach slightly but it gets a nice bounce and rolls out to 15 feet.

    From the middle of the fairway Johnson finds the dead centre of the green to leave 30 feet for birdie.

    And, finally, Fleetwood has found a birdie!

    He has been very patient today and it's rewarded at the 11th where he rolls in a putt for three to get to -6. He is still well in this and his patience has been excellent today.

    Also now at -6 is Noren who has holed a huge birdie putt at the 17th to get to -5 for the day.

  • 18:04

    Jordan Spieth ties the lead!

    After missing the bunker with his drive at the Par 5 14th he found the green in two and successfully two-putted for his birdie to join Kisner and Johnson at -8.

  • 18:05

    Two pars for the leaders at the 10th means it's as you were at the top of the leaderboard.  

    Back at the 12th Schauffele is up first with his approach and he plays an absolute beauty in to 10 feet. What a shot that was. He has that putt to tie the lead.

    McIlroy, way further up on the left, sends his effort to the back of the green, leaving about 40 feet for the birdie.

  • 18:06

    Trouble for Fleetwood at the 12th.

    His drive was left straight off the bat and kept going that way where it has found the ditch.

    And that comes just after he had finally made a move up the leaderboard. He's now staring bogey or worse in the face.

  • 18:06
    After that super approach to the 12th Schauffele fails to take advantage with the putt and has to settle for par to remain one behind at -7.
  • 18:09

    Bogey for McIlroy.

    Well that is not what he needed.

    After his first putt came up short McIlroy then missed his par putt from about six feet to slip back to -5 and give his birdie at the 11th straight back.

    Leading scores
    -8: Jordan Sppieth (14), Kevin Kisner (10), Zach Johnson (10)
    -7: Xander Schauffele (12)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Alex Noren (17), Kevin Chappell (14), Tommy Fleetwood (11)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Zandar Lomard (13), Erik Van Rooyen (12), Rory McIlroy (12), Pat Perez (11)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (12), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 18:13

    Spieth is starting to take control now.

    Another stunning drive at the 15th is followed by another stunning approach shot in to 12 feet. That's for birdie to take the lead on his own at -9.

    And it would leave Johnson two behind after he bogeyed the 11th. After missing the green with his approach he failed to get up and down and is now one off the lead, possibly about to go two behind.

  • 18:15

    After that bogey at the 12th McIlroy is struggling again at the 13th.

    His approach to the Par 3 was long and finished right up the back of the green. From there his long putt is well off the mark, leaving six feet for par - the same length he missed on the last...

  • 18:16
    After finding theditch at the 12th Fleetwood has wound up with a double bogey to slip all the way back to -4 and into a tie for 12th. How quickly it can change.
  • 18:17

    No birdie for Spieth.

    Well, that's a chance gone as Spieth's birdie putt at the 15th slides right meaning he has to settle for remaining in a tie for the lead at -8.

  • 18:19

    Great par save for McIlroy!

    Well he would have been nervous over that one after missing from the same distance at the last but he cleans up nicely for a par three to remain at -5 and three behind.

    Alongside him Schauffele's birdie putt stays out and he also takes par to stay at -7.

  • 18:22

    Big trouble for Johnson at the 12th.

    His approach at the Par 4 flies way left and into some serious bother. It looks like heavy rough and gorse and jut all sorts of trouble.

    At the Par 3 16th Spieth has pulled out yet another superb iron shot into the heart of the green where it settles 15 feet away. That, again, is to go into the lead on his own.

    Leading scores
    -8: Jordan Sppieth (15), Kevin Kisner (11)
    -7: Xander Schauffele (12), Zach Johnson (11)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Kevin Chappell (15)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (F:67), Zandar Lomard (14), Rory McIlroy (13)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (13), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 18:23

    McIlroy has reached the Par 5 14th and it is absolute go-time. He has sent a drive so far down there (over 400 yards!!) that he could have a wedge in for his second.

    An eagle there would make a huge difference.

  • 18:26

    Jordan Spieth takes the lead on his own!

    The Spieth klaxon has sounded. This claret jug may be going right back to where it came from.

    His birdie putt at the seriously difficult Par 3 16th is tracking perfectly all the way and drops right in the middle, deadweight.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Sppieth (16)
    -8: Kevin Kisner (11)
    -7: Xander Schauffele (12), Zach Johnson (11)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Kevin Chappell (15)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (F:67), Zandar Lomard (14), Rory McIlroy (13)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (13), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 18:27

    Johnson found his ball in the hay on the left of the 12th and has managed to muscle it onto the green.

    However, he faces a good 60 or 70 feet for par.

    Up at the 17th Spieth has split the fairway with a driving iron.

  • 18:28

    Okay, hold on. This is ridiculous.

    McIlroy's drive at the 14th went 408 yards and has left him with just 115 yards to the green ON A PAR 5!

    That's outrageous, but can he make it count?

    Over at the 13th Fleetwood has followed his double with another bogey and is now back to -3.

  • 18:29

    McIlroy's flick of a wedge (with his second shot on the Par 5 14th) is right down the barrel and spins up about 12 feet away. That is for eagle and to move within two of the lead.

    This could be huge.

  • 18:32

    After that good tee shot at the 17th Spieth has sent another speared iron in to the heart of the green where it settles about 30 feet away. Perfect.

    Back at the 12th Johnson has taken three from the back of the green to follow his bogey at the 11th with a double at the 12th and he now slips all the way back to -5.

    Meanwhile, Kisner makes his par to remain at -8 and one behind but he has been joined by Schauffele who successfully two-putts at the 12th for birdie.

    Next up, McIlroy for eagle...

  • 18:34

    McIlroy's eagle putt looks good all the way but it wiggles left at the end and stays out!


    What a chance that was after that ridiculous drive. Anyway, he takes his birdie four to get to -6 and three behind Spieth. However, he now enters the dreadfully difficult four hole finishing stretch.

  • 18:36

    Spieth's birdie putt at the 17th scares the hole once again but this time it stays out and he remains at -9 with one hole to play. And that's only the hardest hole on the course...

    At the Par 3 13th Kisner has found the centre of the green with his tee shot and faced 30 feet or so for birdie.

  • 18:40

    At the 15th McIlroy goes with iron and finds the right hand side of the fairway, leaving the perfect angle into the green. Even just one more birdie before he finishes would have him right in this.

    Up to Spieth at the 18th. He takes driver and finds the left rough but it looks to be sitting nicely. He will take par all day there.

  • 18:42

    Back at the 13th Kisner rolls his birdie putt a good five feet past but does well to regain his composure and roll in the par putt to remain at -8.

    Alongside him it's also a par for Johnson to stay at -5.

    Up at the 14th Fleetwood has answered back to those three dropped shots in two holes with a birdie at the Par 5 to get back to -4.

  • 18:43

    Two magnificent shots from McIlroy and Schauffele!

    At the difficult Par 4 15th they have reduced it to size with two super approaches. Schauffele is the best of the two, his shot coming to a stop six feet behind the pin while McIlroy's finishes 12 feet to the right.  

  • 18:43
    Peter So Did McIlroy make his Eagle??
  • 18:43
    Check the update at 18.34!
  • 18:45

    Birdie for McIlroy!

    Now he's right in it!

    After that excellent approach to the 15th he rattles his birdie putt right into the middle of the hole to get to -7.

  • 18:46
    Peter No 18:34 feed here in Brazil
  • 18:47

    Apologies, it was posted but it doesn't seem to have shown up. What it read was:


    "McIlroy's eagle putt looks good all the way but it wiggles left at the end and stays out!


    What a chance that was after that ridiculous drive. Anyway, he takes his birdie four to get to -6 and three behind Spieth."


    Not sure what happened there but I can tell you for definite that McIlroy is now -7 and two off the lead with three to play!

  • 18:50

    Xander Schauffele ties the lead!

    He matches McIlroy's birdie at the 15th to make a three of his own and join Spieth at -9.

    Speaking of Spieth he did well to gouge out of the rough on the left of the 18th before two-putting for par to sign for a round of 65 and the clubhouse lead at -9.

    He is not letting that claret jug go easily at all.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (F:65), Xander Schauffele (15)
    -8: Kevin Kisner (13)
    -7: Kevin Chappell (F:67), Rory McIlroy (15)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (F:67), Matt Kuchar (16), Zach JOhnson (13)
    Irish scores: -7 Rory McIlroy (15), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 18:52

    Okay, I think we're all under control now!

    Apologies about that. The update on McIlroy's eagle putt showed up on my feed but doesn't seem to have shown up on the website.  

    What we do know for sure is that he has work to do to save par on the 16th. That's after his tee shot at the par three missed the green right and found the little collection area where Woods made bogey from earlier. Hopefully no such trouble for McIlroy.

  • 18:53

    Schauffele has played seriously well today and has done it very quietly alongside McIlroy but, at the moment, he is playing his way into the final group with Spieth tomorrow.

    But Kisner may have something to say about that!

    A good two-putt at the Par 5 14th gives him a birdie four and he now jumps back into a tie for the lead alongside Spieth and Schauffele at -9.

  • 18:58

    Bogey for McIlroy.

    After the back-to-back birdies that is very disppointing.

    His putt from down in the hollow never had the pace to get to the hole and came up 10 feet short. From there pushed his putt right and winds up with a bogey four to slip back to -6 and three behind.

    Schauffele makes a lovely up and down to save his par and remain in that tie for the lead.

    Back up to -5 is Fleetwood who has answered back to the three dropped shots at the 12th and 13th with back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th to get back to within four of the lead.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (F:65), Xander Schauffele (16), Kevin Kisner (14)
    -7: Kevin Chappell (F:67)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Rory McIlroy (16), Zach Johnson (14)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (F:67), Matt Kuchar (16), Tommy Fleetwood (15)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (16), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 19:00

    McIlroy needs one or two birdies now on these final two holes. Two pars would still have him nicely placed but a birdie would be a great boost.


    What would be an even better boost is an eagle and that's exactly what Zandar Lombard has done! The young South African has holed out for a two at the 18th to finish at -4 after making a double at the 17th!


    What McIlroy would do for that.

  • 19:05

    Back at the 15th Johnson finds the front of the green with his approach and will face a long birdie putt while Kisner's effort comes up short, leaving a tricky pitch. He would bite your hand off for four pars now that's for sure.

    Up at the 17th McIlroy takes an iron off the tee but sends it a long way right into the rough. However, it looks to be sitting up okay and will give him a shot to the green

    Schauffele finds a similar spot but doesn't look to have got such luck with the lie.

  • 19:06

    Schauffele plays first and can only lay it up short, leaving a tough up and down to save par.

    McIlroy can get it all the way there but is a little unlucky in that his ball cannons off the back of the front bunker and runs all the way out to the back of the green.

  • 19:06
    Back at the 16th Fleetwood has given another back with a bogey at the Par 3 and he slips back to -4.
  • 19:08
    Kisner makes a great up and down at the 15th to save that par and remain in the tie for the lead at -9 while Johnson also gets down in two to stay at -6.
  • 19:09

    Up at the 17th McIlroy has played a gorgeous pitch from the back of the green down to five feet. That is a huge putt, he can't really afford to drop back.

    And he's just watched Schauffele drop a shot after he failed to get up and down meaning it's just Kisner and Spieth at -9 now.

  • 19:11

    McIlroy makes no mistake!

    That's a super par and he remains at -6, three behind.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (F:65), Kevin Kisner (15)
    -8: Xander Schauffele (17)
    -7: Kevin Chappell (F:67)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Rory McIlroy (17), Zach Johnson (15)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (F:67), Matt Kuchar (17)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (17), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 19:14

    What a shot from Fleetwood at the 17th.

    Coming straight back into the strengthening wind he fires a stunning approach right down the flag, leaving about six feet for birdie to get back to -5. He's been a long way off his best today but he is hanging right in there.

  • 19:15

    A mistake from McIlroy at the 18th.

    His tee shot flies right once again and bounds into a fairway bunker. That will all depend on how close it is to the face if he is able to get it over the water and onto the green or not.

  • 19:16

    Kisner is struggling at the 16th and Spieth could soon lead on his own.

    Kisner's long birdie putt came up a good eight feet short after a very poor effort and he now has work to do to save par.

    Johnson does make his par and remains at -6.

    Back to McIlroy at the 18th.

  • 19:17

    He's far enough back from the lip to go for it and go for it he does but it's not good.

    It flies right and finds the heavy rough near the grandstand, leaving a seriously tough pitch over the bunkers to save par. He does not want to fall four behind here.

  • 19:18

    What a save from Kisner.  

    He makes no mistake with the par putt after that very poor effort for birdie and he remains at -9 and tied with Spieth.

    The question now is whether McIlroy will be three behind or four behind.

  • 19:22

    McIlroy has got a stroke of luck in that his ball went far enough to get past the bunkers and take them out of play for his pitch.

    However, it's still extremely difficult from that heavy grass and it shows. His ball gets up onto the green, stops, and rolls back down. This could get ugly now.

  • 19:25

    McIlroy absolutely has to make no worse than five here. This leaderboard is so bunched. Five would put him in a tie for eighth, a six in a tie for 13th.

    From off the green he takes his putter and lags it up to five feet.

    From there, for bogey...

    He makes it.

    Well, it's not the finish he wanted but he is still well in this when he could have blown himself out of it over the last few holes.

    It's a round of 70 for McIlroy and a totla of -5 but he is now four off a three-way tie for the lead after Schauffele poured in a long birdie putt from the back of the 18th green to card a 67 and join Spieth and Kisner at -9.

    What a round.

  • 19:28

    At the 17th Fleetwood converted following that great second shot for a birdie to get back to -5. He is fighting so hard today and deserves to be still in with a shout.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (F:65), Xander Schauffele (F:67), Kevin Kisner (16)
    -7: Kevin Chappell (F:67)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65), Zach Johnson (16)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (F:67), Matt Kuchar (F:70), Rory McIlroy (F:70), Tommy Fleetwood (17)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (F:70), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 19:33

    At the 18th Fleetwood narrowly misses his fourth birdie in five holes and has to settle for a level par round of 71 to go into Sunday at -5 after a round which included a double bogey. That's a great effort from the Race to Dubai champion.

    Back at the 17th Johnson has wound up with a bogey after trouble from the tee and he now slips back to -5.

    Alongside him Kisner does well to tidy up for a par and keep his card bogey-free with just one hole to go.

  • 19:37

    The final group have reached the final hole.

    This rollercoaster of a day is nearly over and what a day we have set up for tomorrow when the winds are expected to reach 20mph.

    From the 18th tee Kisner takes three-wood and sends a perfect tee shot straight down the fairway where it scampers down to within short iron range of the green.

    Johnson follows him down. It's been a very disappointing back nine for the 2015 champion who was tied for the lead halfway through his round but now sits four behind.

  • 19:42

    Johnson is first to play from a long way back and he sends a lovely approach in to the back of the green where he will face about 15 feet for a much-needed birdie.

    Kisner, from the middle of the fairway and possibly pumped with some adrenaline, sends his wedge shot a bit too long where it bounces through and rolls down into a collection area at the back. That will be a tricky up and down.

  • 19:49

    Kisner opts for the putter from the back of the green and does a great job of it. He lags it up to a few inches and will tap that in for a superb bogey-free round of 68 to go into the final day tied for the lead at -9.

    Johnson's birdie putt slides right and he also has to settle for a par and a disappointing round of 72 to go into the final day at -5 but still well in with a shout.

    What a final day it sets up to be.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (F:65), Xander Schauffele (F:67), Kevin Kisner (F:68)
    -7: Kevin Chappell (F:67)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (F:65)
    -5: Tiger Woods (F:66), Webb Simpson (F:67), Alex Noren (F:67), Matt Kuchar (F:70), Rory McIlroy (F:70), Tommy Fleetwood (F:71), Zach Johnson (F:72)
    -4: Justin Rose (F:64), Austin Cook (F:67), Adam Scott (F:68), Charley Hoffman (F:68), Zandar Lombard (F:71), Tony Finau (F:71), Erik Van Rooyen (F:70)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (F:70), +4 Paul Dunne (F:73)

  • 19:54

    So, that's that for a rollercoaster moving day at this year's British Open.

    From Justin Rose getting it going early on with a 64 to the dramatics of Tiger Woods contending at a Major, the up and down round of Rory McIlroy, the brilliance of Jordan Spieth and so much more in between.

    McIlroy will be frustrated with how he finished by bogeying two of the final three holes to slip back to -5 after getting with two of the lead at one stage.

    The 20mph winds forecast tomorrow won't suit him too well but it won't really suit anyone particularly well as it will be a lot more difficult than it was today.

    A fast start will be absolutely imperative if he is to make a charge at Spieth, Schauffele and Kisner but four shots is very little in Major championships as we know. It's wide open - it is the Open after all - and tomorrow sets up to be a final day for the ages.

    I will be with you for all of that once again from around midday so tune back in for that. Keep and eye on www.irishtimes.com/sport for Philip Reid's day three report from Carnoustie which will be there shortly. Thanks for reading, bye!