British Open Day Four

It's the final day at Carnoustie where Rory McIroy and Tiger Woods are among those chasing

Ruaidhrí Croke Sun, Jul 22
 
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  • 12:12

    Hello, good afternoon and welcome to the final round of this year's British Open where Jordan Spieth is the heavy favourite to defend his title but Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are among those hunting the leaders down. My name is Ruaidhrí Croke and I will be with you for the afternoon as the drama unfolds around 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
    -9: Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner
    -7: Kevin Chappell
    -6: Francesco Molinari
    -5: Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson, Alex Noren, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Zach Johnson
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy, +5 Paul Dunne (14)

    Final round tee times
    All times Irish, (a) denotes amateurs

    08:00 Beau Hossler (US)

    08:10 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)

    08:20 Si Woo Kim (Kor), Bryson DeChambeau (US)

    08:30 Keegan Bradley (US), Luke List (US)

    08:40 Brendan Steele (US), Cameron Smith (Aus)

    08:50 Paul Dunne (Irl), Tyrrell Hatton

    09:00 Brooks Koepka (US), Cameron Davis (Aus)

    09:10 Kevin Na (US), Brett Rumford (Aus)

    09:20 Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson (Swe)

    09:30 Ryan Fox (NZ), Gavin Green (Mal)

    09:45 Gary Woodland (US), Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)

    09:55 Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn), Sam Locke (a)

    10:05 Rhys Enoch, Matthew Southgate

    10:15 Jason Day (Aus), Marcus Kinhult (Swe)

    10:25 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Adam Hadwin (Can)

    10:35 Brandon Stone (SA), Sung Kang (Kor)

    10:45 Stewart Cink (US), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

    10:55 Julian Suri (US), Lee Westwood

    11:05 Marc Leishman (Aus), Tom Lewis

    11:15 Jason Dufner (US), Ross Fisher

    11:30 Patrick Reed (US), Rickie Fowler (US)

    11:40 Eddie Pepperell, Phil Mickelson (US)

    11:50 Bernhard Langer (Ger), Pat Perez (US)

    12:00 Patrick Cantlay (US), Michael Kim (US)

    12:10 Lucas Herbert (Aus), Shaun Norris (SA)

    12:20 Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Sean Crocker (US)

    12:30 Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)

    12:40 Danny Willett, Ryan Moore (US)

    12:50 Kyle Stanley (US), Haotong Li (Chn)

    13:00 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Chris Wood

    13:15 Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Erik Van Rooyen (SA)

    13:25 Tony Finau (US), Zander Lombard (SA)

    13:35 Charley Hoffman (US), Adam Scott (Aus)

    13:45 Austin Cook (US), Justin Rose

    13:55 Zach Johnson (US), Tommy Fleetwood

    14:05 Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Matt Kuchar (US)

    14:15 Alex Noren (Swe), Webb Simpson (US)

    14:25 Tiger Woods (US), Francesco Molinari (Ita)

    14:35 Kevin Chappell (US), Kevin Kisner (US)

    14:45 Xander Schauffele (US), Jordan Spieth (US)

  • 12:36

    “I don’t know what my future holds. We’re taking one step at a time, it’s a process and I’m in no hurry. My timetable is basically what my surgeon says. I’m hitting 60-yard shots, very straight right now.”

    Those words were spoken by Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup just 10 months ago. Two years previous to that he uttered the words that he may never play golf again and that everything beyond then was “gravy”.

    Fast forward to July 22nd 2018 and Tiger Woods enters the final round of the British Open with a real chance of claiming a 15th Major title and a fourth claret jug. The greatest comeback story in the history of sport could unfold before our eyes today. It’s not long since the 42-year-old was unable to walk after yet another surgery on his back to add to the four surgeries he has already had on his knee. There are so many points to the story that are hard to believe. Another claret jug would be getting beyond comprehension.

    However, if Woods is to win today he will have to do something he has never done before and that is come from behind on a final day – all 14 of his Major titles have come when he either lead or co-lead going into the final round. Today he starts four behind a trio of men headed by the defending champion Jordan Spieth.

    The last man to defend a British Open title was Pádraig Harrington in 2008 and today Spieth will attempt to imitate him after what has been a disappointing year so far for the 24-year-old (yes, he is still only 24). Spieth was never going to let this claret jug slip easily and his incredible competitiveness has pulled him to the top of the leaderboard this week.

    And what of Rory McIlroy?

    Well, at one stage yesterday he was just two off the lead at -7 before dropping two shots in his final three holes. McIlroy left the course furious with himself and let off a lot of steam before doing his media duties. The fire is undoubtedly in the belly of the 29-year-old and a fast start today would see him cut that four shot deficit pretty quickly.

    It’s the final day of the oldest and best championship in the sport of golf. It doesn’t get much better than this so let’s enjoy all of the drama that will unfold over the next six and a half hours or so.

  • 12:48

    The wind is up at Carnoustie today and the scoring certainly won't be as low as yesterday. At this stage 24 hours ago we had Justin Rose and Chris Wood shooting up the leaderboard hours before the final groups started off but there's none of that so far today and what is a much more difficult day.

    Thorbjorn Olesen is currently the best placed player on the course at -4 after a birdie at the first.

    The winds are forecast to get stronger as the day goes on which could give any of probably 12-15 players a chance of winning if the leaders fall back.

    If we get half of the drama we saw in last year's final round then we'll all be happy. Pars are good today as Carnoustie fights back.

  • 12:52
  • 12:59

    It's been a scintillating start from Olesen who has followed his birdie at the first with another at the second to get to -5.

    The Dane is now just four off the lead and making a charge.  

    Also on course is Eddie Pepperell who has birdied three of the first six holes to get to -4 for the tournament and into the top 15.

  • 13:03

    Prediction time.  

    Who is winning this?

    I'm going with Tiger Woods because I'm a hopeless optimist.

    Use the 'Contact Us' button to get in touch with your picks.

  • 13:06
    Eoin Kevin Kisner will win and spoil the party
  • 13:06
    Aaaa Rory
  • 13:07
    Out of those two picks I know which one I'd be choosing.
  • 13:09
  • 13:24

    Philip Reid is our man at Carnoustie is Philip Reid and he has been putting all the good stuff out this week. You can read his dispatch from yesterday below.


    Jordan Spieth moves closer to British Open defence after 65

  • 13:27

    Henrik Stenson has just finished his round of 69 to post +1 and he's been talking to Sky Sports about the conditions out there today.

    "It's drying out again, getting firmer," Stenson said. "The wind is 20 yards or so, long irons are flying a long way, it's very tricky out there.

    "If you need four pars to win over the last four holes it's not an easy task - one wrong step and you'll pay the price. Eighteen is straight downwind so you have to miss the bunker right and then it'll just be a wedge to the green."

    So, basically, it's tough out there.

  • 13:30

    The latest man to get to -5 is form player Erik Van Rooyen. The South African lead by four going into the final round of the Irish Open before faltering but he has carried that good form into here and is on course for his best Major finish by a long way.

    Tiger Woods alert: He has arrived on the driving range. The blood red polo shirt, black trousers, black shoes and black cap are on. Tiger is well and truly back.

  • 13:37

    The latest group on the tee box is Charley Hoffman and Adam Scott who both start at -4.

    The group five behind are definitely still in this but they're going to need something very special as you would imagine the winning score will probably get to -10 or -11 meaning McIlroy or Woods are looking at a 65 or a 66. On a day like this that's a big ask but certainly not unattainable.  

  • 13:40

    Erik Van Rooyen is going to win this isn't he?

    A second consecutive birdie in the first two holes has moved him to -6 and just three off the lead.

  • 13:46

    Justin Rose has just cracked an iron down the first fairway and is off with Austin Cook.


    The Englishman made a 20 foot putt on the 18th green on Friday just to get into the weekend right on the cut mark before firing a superb 64 yesterday. If you're going on form he looks to be the man who has just hit a rich vein.


    Starting at -4 another 64 would get him to -11. That could be enough.

  • 13:51
  • 13:56

    10 MINUTES UNTIL RORY MCILROY TEES OFF, THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING.

    Before that we have Tommy Fleetwood and Zach Johnson who are both at -5.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner
    -7: Kevin Chappell
    -6: Erik Van Rooyen (3), Francesco Molinari
    -5: Thorbjorn Olesen (6), Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson, Alex Noren, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Zach Johnson
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy, +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 13:57

    A closing 74 ends a disappointing weekend for Paul Dunne who currently sits in a tie for 70th at +7.  

    At the first green Rose has opened with a par after his long birdie putt stopped right in the jaws.

    Back on the tee Fleetwood and Johnson have both found the fairway with their tee shots.

    Nex up: Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar.

  • 14:02

    McIlroy needs a fast start today and it's what he didn't do yesterday. The first few holes are gettable but this wind is really getting up now with gusts up to 22 or 23mph.

    The first is straight into the wind and Fleetwood has sent a nice approach in to 20 feet. Johnson, off a slight upslope on the fairway, pulls his approach a little left, leaving 50 feet or so for birdie.

  • 14:06

    Now on the tee: the 2014 champion, Rory McIlroy!

    The seagulls are moving further inland with the wind getting stronger and stronger as McIlroy smashes a driver down the left of the first fairway, leaving the perfect angle to the pin.

    Alongside him, Kuchar takes three-wood and also finds the short stuff.

    We're off and running!

  • 14:07

    Birdie for Fleetwood!

    The Englishman is making a move right from the off with a perfect 20 foot birdie putt right in the centre!

    He is now up to -6 and three off the lead.

  • 14:12

    Kuchar is so far back at the first that he has to take a hybrid into the wind but he pushes it a long way right into the heavy stuff.

    From at least 100 yards closer on the left McIlroy's wedge shot hangs up in the wind a little and lands softly about 20 feet short of the pin and on the fringe.

  • 14:13
  • 14:14

    A par, par start for Rose means he remains at -4.

    Meanwhile Olesen has made three good par saves in a row to stay at -5 through the first eight holes.

  • 14:18

    McIlroy's putt from the fringe is well short of the pace needed to get to the hole and it comes up five feet short but he holes out for a par to start and he remains at -5.


    Kuchar, from the heavy grass on the right, could only chip it out to 20 feet and from there his par putt comes up short meaning he opens with a bogey to slip back to -4. Not what he wanted.


    Back on the first tee Alex Noren and Webb Simpson have just got underway. Could one of these two fly under the radar perhaps?

  • 14:20

    Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari have arrived on the first tee.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner
    -7: Kevin Chappell
    -6: Erik Van Rooyen (4), Tommy Fleetwood (1), Francesco Molinari
    -5: Thorbjorn Olesen (8), Rory McIlroy (1), Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson, Alex Noren
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (1), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 14:26

    Fleetwood makes a solid six-footer to save par at the second and maintain the momentum he got from his birdie at the first.

    On the first tee Woods takes a driving iron and sends a beauty of a stinger down the fairway, cutting through the wind. Perfect.

    Molinari also goes with iron and also finds the fairway.

    This is the 42nd time Woods has gone into the final round of a Major in the top-10. Mindblowing.

  • 14:28

    At the second McIlroy's approach came up short and right, leaving him hanging on a mound with a tricky lie. He does well to bump it down the green but it runs 10 feet past and leaves what is already a pretty crucial par putt.


    At the ninth the challenge of Olesen has ended after he found the hazard off the tee and wound up with a double bogey to slip back to -3.

  • 14:31

    Bogey for McIlroy.

    Well that is the last thing he needed. It's not a quick start and not even a mediocre start. McIlroy slips back to five off the lead and in bad need of birdies.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner
    -7: Kevin Chappell
    -6: Erik Van Rooyen (5), Tommy Fleetwood (2), Francesco Molinari
    -5: Webb Simpson (1), Alex Noren (1)
    -4: Tony FInau (5), Justin Rose (3), Zach Johnson (2), Rory McIlroy (2), Matt Kuchar (2)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (2), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 14:33

    The wind is really getting up now and is probably making the first play two clubs longer.

    Not that that bothers Woods. He flights a super approach through the wind and right down the barrel of the pin where it comes to a stop 15 feet away.

    What a statement that would be if he sinks it for an opening birdie and sends a major jolt through Carnoustie.

    Molinari also finds the green but faces about 40 feet or so for his birdie.

  • 14:35

    At the thirdMcIlroy opts for an iron off the tee and finds the fairway. That will leave just a wedge to a very tricky pin which sits barely over the burn. He needs birdies and he needs them fast.

    Back to Woods at the first...

  • 14:37

    So close.

    Woods' birdie putt is perfect for speed and looks good for line but it wiggles left right at the end and stays out. However, it's a par to start and he remains four behind at -5.  

    Most importantly they were two very impressive shots and a good roll with the putt.

    Molinari lags a good long birdie putt up to holeside and also opens with a par.

    Back on the first tee Kisner and Chappell are underway.

  • 14:40

    Chappell's driving iron off the first turns over left and looks to have run into some nasty heavy rough.

    No such problems for Kisner who launches his tee shot down the fairway.

    On the second tee Woods goes for driver and hits a beauty right down the middle. He is swinging it very, very nicely. Could this actually happen?

  • 14:41
    McIlroy's wedge to the third is a bit cautious, flying over the pin and taking the water out of play completely. It spins back nicely and will leave him 25 feet across the green for birdie.
  • 14:42

    On the first tee the final group of Spieth and Schauffele are ready to go.

  • 14:45

    McIlroy's effort for birdie looks good for line all the way but it falls away right at the end as it dies. He taps in for par and remains five behind at -4.

    Back at the first Chappell has hit a lovely approach into the heart of the green where he will face 40 feet for birdie. That hole has suddenly got very tough with the wind and has gone from a birdie hole to a par hole.

    Kisner's approach from further back drifted right and looks to have found the greenside bunker.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner
    -7: Kevin Chappell
    -6: Tommy Fleetwood (3), Francesco Molinari (1)
    -5: Erik Van Rooyen (6), Webb Simpson (2), Alex Noren (2), Tiger Woods (1)
    -4: Eddie Pepperell (14), Tony FInau (5), Justin Rose (4), Zach Johnson (3), Rory McIlroy (3)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (3), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 14:46

    On the first tee Schauffele takes iron and sends a beauty down the left side of the fairway.

    Next up is Spieth.

    He also opts for an iron and also finds the fairway.

    We are fully underway in the final round!

  • 14:49

    Back to Woods at the second.  

    From the left side of the fairway he sends another solid approach right up the green and a little left where it settle 25 feet away.  

    Back at the first Kisner has made a super up and down from the greenside bunker to save par and settle any nerves. That's impressive stuff form the American and he remains tied for the lead at -9.

    Not so impressive from his playing partner Chappell who has taken three putts from 40 feet to open with a bogey and slip back to -6.

  • 14:50

    It's a poor effort from Woods.

    His 25-footer for birdie is far too strong and offline to the left, leaving a testy five footer back for par.

  • 14:52

    On the first Schauffele is first to play and he sends a solid iron shot into the middle of the green, leaving 40 feet or so for birdie.

    Spieth, from the semi rough, has played a beauty!

    What a shot that was. He flights a gorgeous approach through the wind and right at the pin where it comes to a stop 10 feet away. That's for an opening birdie and to take the lead on his own at -10.

    This wind is getting stronger and stronger and the course is getting ever tougher. Pars are good out here now.

  • 14:54

    And a par is what Woods has made at the second after cleaning up well with that five-footer. He remains at -5 and four off the lead while Molinari stays three behind after he also made par.

    Over at the fourth McIlroy gives up his best chance of birdie so far with a 12 footer which misses left. He stays at -4 and five back.

  • 14:57

    Kisner is collapsing.

    A poor tee shot found the fairway bunker at the second and from there it's only got worse.

    His first attempt at getting it out hit the lip and dropped back in, plugging right up against the face. From there he manages to get it out but it's embedded down in heavy rough and he's now playing his fourth from a long way back at the Par 4.

    Back to the first we go and Spieth's birdie putt.

  • 14:58

    He's up and off it very quickly.

    That was poor. Breaking from left to right his putt is short and right and Spieth has to settle for an opening par.

    Schauffele also takes par after a good two-putt.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (1), Xander Schauffele (1), Kevin Kisner (1)
    -6: Tommy Fleetwood (4), Francesco Molinari (2), Kevin Chappell (1)
    -5: Erik Van Rooyen (7), Webb Simpson (2), Alex Noren (2), Tiger Woods (2)
    -4: Eddie Pepperell (15), Tony FInau (6), Justin Rose (4), Zach Johnson (4), Rory McIlroy (4)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (4), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 15:00

    At the third Woods found the right rough with his tee shot, leaving a tough approach to the green with the wind really howling now.

    He gets it safely onto the putting surface but it's a long way away, probably 60 feet or so for the birdie.

    Molinari also safely finds the green and will face about 40 feet for his three.

    Back to the travails of Kisner.

    With his fourth from the heavy rough he manages to chase his approach up to the back of the green and he will have up and down from there just to make double bogey.

  • 15:06

    it's a double for Kisner and in the end it's not a bad one after a good up and down. However, it means he slips back to -7 and is now two off the leaders.

    Speaking of those leaders, Schauffele found the left rough with his tee shot and has managed to send an approach up to the front of the green. But this is a huge green. And the pin is at the back. He will have well over 100 feet there for his birdie putt and may even opt to chip it from there.

    Next up is Spieth from the fairway with 179 to go all the way back to the pin. He also fails to get it all the way back and will face at least 60 or 70 feet for his three.

  • 15:07

    Up at the third green Woods and Molinari both do well to get down in two from 60 feet or so for their pars. Woods remains at -6 while Molinari stays at -6.

    The trouble is continuing for Kisner at the third as his tee shot finds more heavy rough. His head is scrambled after that double and he could be playing himself out of the tournament here.

  • 15:11

    Bogey for McIlroy.

    At the fifth it was another poor approach with his ball coming up 60 feet short and down on the first tier of the green with the pin right up the back.

    He lags a good putt up to a few feet but from there he misses the short par putt and now drops back to -3, six behind and as good as out of the running. What a disappointing start.

    Alongside him Kuchar manages to make his birdie after an excellent approach and he now moves ahead of McIlroy at -4.

    Back on the fourth tee Woods again opts for driver and again finds the fairway. If he's driving it well it is a very good sign and so far he has done - that's two perfect drives in a row now.

  • 15:15

    An excellent par for Schauffele.

    That monster par putt could easily have resulted in a bogey but he very tidily lagged his birdie effort up to four feet and sunk the par putt.

    Spieth also manages to make his par after an equally good first putt and that pair remain locked in the lead at -9.

    Over at the 17th Pepperrell has made another birdie to move up to -5.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (2), Xander Schauffele (2)
    -7: Kevin Kisner (2)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (3), Kevin Chappell (2)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (17), Tommy Fleetwood (5), Alex Noren (4), Tiger Woods (3)
    -4: Matt Kuchar (5), Webb Simpson (4)
    Irish scores: -3 Rory McIlroy (5), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 15:17

    After that excellent drive at the Par 4 fourth Woods flights a beautiful wedge in to about 12 feet with the wind blowing into him.

    That was very nice and will leave him 12 feet for birdie.

    At the third Kisner three-putts from the back of the green to add to the damage made by the double at the previous hole with another bogey which sees him drop back to -6 and now three off the lead.

    How quickly it can change.

  • 15:18

    Fleetwood's challenge could be ending.

    After a three-putt bogey at the fifth he has put his third shot out of bounds at the Par 5 sixth.

    He's already back to -5 and will now do well just to drop one there.

  • 15:21

    Birdie for Woods!

    Well now we really have a story on our hands!

    After that gorgeous approach to the fourth Woods rolls his birdie putt right into the centre of the hole to move to -6 and into a tie for third, just three off the lead. Could this actually happen?

    Back at the third Schauffele sticks a lovely approach in to 20 feet or so while Spieth will face 30 feet across the green for his birdie.

    Tiger Woods is right in the mix on Sunday at the Open. Hold onto your hats.

  • 15:22
  • 15:23

    Double bogey for Fleetwood.

    And that could end his challenge. It's three shots gone in the last two holes for the Englishman and he slips back to -3.

    Alongside Woods, Molinari tidied up nicely for his par to remain at -6 and tied with Woods, Chappell and Kisner in third.

    Back to the leaders we go at the third.

  • 15:27

    What an effort from Spieth.

    Down the hill and breaking left-to-right from 30 feet his birdie putt looks good all the way but stops right on the edge! That's a par and he stays at -9.

    And Schauffele also stays at that mark after his birdie putt also came up short.

    At the fifth it's an iron down the centre for Woods. Bar a bad putt at the second he has not put a foot wrong today.

    However, one man who has put a foot wrong is Noren who had serious bunker trouble at the fifth and now drops back to -3 after a double bogey. This is so so difficult out here and Woods is just cruising along, under par for the day. Ominous.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (3), Xander Schauffele (3)
    -6: Tiger Woods (4), Francesco Molinari (4), Kevin Chappell (3), Kevin Kisner (3)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (17), Alex Noren (4)
    -4: Matt Kuchar (5), Webb Simpson (4)
    Irish scores: -3 Rory McIlroy (5), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 15:29

    Back to Woods we go at the fifth.

    From the left side of the fairway with 165 yards to go downwind he looks to have played a beauty into the middle of the green but it stops on the top of the ridge ... hangs there for a second ... and then tumbles all the way back down.

    That leaves 30 feet or so up the ridge for his birdie. That was so close to being perfect.

    Over at the 18th Pepperell has finished with a par to sign for a 67 and post the clubhouse lead at -5.

  • 15:33

    McIlroy finally makes a putt.

    But unfortunately it's only for a par at the Par 5 sixth. However, that's a great save from 25 feet or so and means he stays at -3.

    At the Par 4 fourth Spieth sends his approach a little too long where it catches the slope and rolls down to a good 30 feet or so away with a ridge to negotiate.

    Schauffele opts for a more cautious approach and his ball comes up 40 feet short.

    Back to Woods at the fifth.

  • 15:35

    Molinari went long and left with his approach but he's tidied up very nicely with a lovely pitch down to tap-in distance where he tidies up for par to remain at -6.

    From down on the level below the pin Woods lags a superb putt up to holeside and taps in for his par.

    He remains at -6 and three off the lead.

  • 15:38

    It's bombs away for McIlrot at the Par 4 seventh but his drive flies right an into the heavy rough but he looks to have a decent lie.

    At the Par 5 sixth Woods also goes with drive and narrowly misses the right bunkers but it's fine now as it bounds down the fairway. It's playing dead into the wind today and probably isn't reachable in two.

  • 15:42

    Two solid two-putts once again from Spieth and Schauffele gives them two more pars and they remain as they were, tied for the lead at -9.

    Those four pars each to open have actually pulled them further away from the field as almost everyone makes bogeys.

    Leading scores
    -9: Jordan Spieth (4), Xander Schauffele (4)
    -6: Tiger Woods (5), Francesco Molinari (5), Kevin Chappell (5), Kevin Kisner (4)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67)
    -4: Matt Kuchar (6), Webb Simpson (6)
    -3: Ryan Moore (14), Tony Finau (10), Justin Rose (8), Zach Johnson (7), Rory McIlroy (6), Alex Noren (6)
    Irish scores: -3 Rory McIlroy (6), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 15:44

    Woods is absolutely on this today.

    From 299 yards into the wind at the Par 5 sixth he smashes a three-wood right up to the apron of the green. He'll face a long pitch up the green from there but it's a very good chance to make birdie and move into third on his own at -7.

    Molinari had some bunker trouble off the tee and could only hack out, leaving 207 yards for his third. From there he has found another bunker at the green with his third and will have a tough up and down to save par.

  • 15:45

    No joy for Kisner and Chappell at the sixth as they both watch their birdie putts slip past and remain at -6.

    However, there is trouble for Spieth at the fifth. After taking iron off the tee he committed the cardinal sin of finding the left bunker and his ball has rolled right up against the face. He'll be doing well to make a par four from there.

    No such trouble for Schauffele who sends an iron right down the centre.

  • 15:47
    If this wind continues to strengthen as it is doing - it's well over 20mph now - Eddie Pepperell may just have an outside chance at -5. He's just told Sky Sports he will be sticking around anyway.
  • 15:48
    It's another par for McIlroy at the seventh and he still hasn't found a birdie today. He stays at -3 and +2 for the day in a tie for 10th.
  • 15:49

    Spieth can only splash out of the bunker at the fifth and will face a long third shot into the Par 4 there.

    Over at the seventh Kuchar has holed a bomb for birdie to move to -5 and into a tie for seventh.

    But back to Tiger at the sixth. His long putt from the front of the green is aggressive and rolls five feet past. He has that to get to -7 and within two of the lead.

  • 15:52

    Birdie for Woods!

    Well, well, well. This is real. Very, very real.

    No mistake there for Tiger as he rolls his putt for a four right into the centre to move to -7 and into third on his own.

    Molinari tidies up nicely for his par and stays at -6.

    And there is trouble for the leaders.

    Spieth's third to the fifth comes to rest 40 feet away, leaving a very tough putt to save par while Schauffele is also struggling.

    His approach has found the greenside bunker. In a few minutes Woods may just be one off the lead...

  • 15:56

    Tiger Woods is within one of the lead.

    Schauffele's ball plugged in the bunker right up against the face. Somehow he managed to get it up and out but only barely and it is just teetering on the edge.

    From there he takes two to get down and makes a bogey five to slip back to -8.

    Alongside him Spieth's long par putt is so, so close but it falls away right at the end and he also makes a bogey five to drop back to -8.

    This is going to be some finish.

    Leading scores
    -8: Jordan Spieth (5), Xander Schauffele (5)
    -7: Tiger Woods (6)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (6), Kevin Chappell (5), Kevin Kisner (4)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Matt Kuchar (7)
    -4: Ryan Moore (15), Webb Simpson (7)
    -3: Tony Finau (11), Justin Rose (9), Zach Johnson (8), Rory McIlroy (8), Alex Noren (7)
    Irish scores: -3 Rory McIlroy (8), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 15:58

    Iron for Tiger off the seventh tee and it's perfect. Straight down the right hand side at the Par 4, leaving a nice angle into the green.

    As I said already, bar one putt at the second he has not missed a shot. This is absolutely flawless golf on a seriously tough day - Woods is the only player in the top-5 under par for the day.

  • 16:00

    Spieth bails right with his drive at the Par 5 sixth and finds the gallery. It all depends on how it's lying there but it will be a lay up anyway.

    Schauffele is right down the middle but, with the wind straight into their face, he will also be laying up.

    Back to Woods at the seventh we go.

  • 16:02

    Once again, it's spot on.

    This is one of the best course management performances you will ever see on such a tough day. Woods again flights a perfect iron shot into the sixth green where it sits down pin high about 25 feet away.

    But he now has company in third. At the Par 5 sixth Kisner was facing bunker trouble for his fourth but he's only gone and holed it to get to -7!

  • 16:06

    Major trouble for Spieth!

    He found a decent lie on the right of the sixth but, for some reason, pulled a three-wood. And it hasn't gone well. It flies way right and looks to have buried in a gorse bush. I can't say for certain but that may be unplayable.

    Schauffele is also down the right and learns from Spieth by taking an iron. He sends it down the fairway to nice layup distance. He may soon be in the lead on his own.

    And, over at the ninth, McIlroy has finally made a birdie!

    That gets him back up to -4 and now only four behind with the lead possibly set to come back further. He is not out of this just yet.

  • 16:07

    A solid two-putt par for Woods at the seventh.

    His birdie putt is again a perfect speed and stops at tap-in distance. That's a par and he remains at -7.

    Molinari is holding his own despite a few loose iron shots in the last few holes. Another one there at the seventh was tidied up nicely with a good pitch and putt and he stays at -6.

    They now go to the Par 3 eighth.

  • 16:08
    There is a search on for Spieth's ball at the sixth.
  • 16:10

    They've found it but it's not pretty. It's right in the middle of a gorse bush and he has to take an unplayable.

    With all of that going on Schauffele goes ahead and plays from 157 and he finds the bunker. That is going to be a seriously tough up and down to save par. In a few minutes Tiger Woods may be leading the Open.

  • 16:12

    Back to Woods we go at the Par 3.

    His first loose iron shot of the day found the front right bunker but from there he's played a beauty. He splashes it up to a four feet and should save his par.

    Back at the sixth Spieth has taken a drop and will now play his fourth from the right rough.

    This is getting messy now and McIlroy could soon be right back in it.

  • 16:15

    Par for Woods.

    This is looking so, so ominous for the leaders. Woods walks in his par putt there at the eighth for a great save and he remains at -7. That's one back for now but he may soon be tied.

    After taking his drop Spieth sends a good shot over the pin where it stops about 40 feet away. That's for par and Schauffele is in the bunker in three.

    It may all be about to change.

  • 16:16

    How about a back nine charge from McIlroy resulting in Spieth/McIlroy/Woods playoff?

    Or am I asking for too much?

  • 16:17

    Another iron off the tee for Woods at the ninth and another perfect shot down the fairway.  

    Back at the sixth Schauffele is in big trouble. He has one leg in and one leg out of the little pot bunker, playing off a downslope.

    He can only send it shooting across the green, leaving 60 feet for par while Spieth has 40 feet.

    Barring something very special, Woods is about to be tied for the lead.

  • 16:18

    And now McIlroy is looking to get back in this!

    A lovely low-flighted wedge into the 10th green stops eight feet away. That's for a birdie to get to -5 which is most likely about to be within two of the lead!

  • 16:23

    Tiger Woods is tied for the lead on the final day of the Open Championship.

    And he is tied with Schauffele only.

    The American two-putted his par putt to make six and slip back to -7.

    But Spieth has had a disaster. After rushing his par putt past he also missed the bogey putt coming back and winds up with a double bogey seven!

    That's Spieth back to -6 and now one off the lead.

    At the 10th McIlroy's birdie putt slipped past the right edge and he remains at -4 but is now only three back and is in perfect position down the 11th fairway.

    Leading scores
    -7: Tiger Woods (8), Xander Schauffele (6)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (8), Kevin Kisner (7), Jordan Spieth (6)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Kevin Chapell (7)
    -4: Ryan Moore (17), Rory McIlroy (10), Matt Kuchar (10)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Tony Finau (13), Justin Rose (11), Zach Johnson (10), Alex Noren (9), Webb Simpson (9)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (10), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 16:25

    Another loose iron shot from Woods at the ninth has the potential to cause trouble as it finds the front right bunker.

    However, he flips another gorgeous sand shot up to five feet an will have that for par and to stay tied for the lead as the carnage unfolds around him.

  • 16:28

    At the centre of that carnage is Spieth who is trying to make up for his mistakes at the last.

    After a good tee shot down the fairway at the seventh he flights an iron shot well over the pin where it bounds over the back. However, he has plenty of green to work with for that pitch.

    Schauffele, meanwhile, is in more trouble. A hack out from the heavy rough with his second didn't exactly go to plan and only moved a little way up the rough.

  • 16:29

    Par for Woods.

    What a save that was once again. His putt is a little edgy but drops in on the left side to complete a magnifcient front nine of -2 and leave him tied for the lead at -7 but probably soon to be in the lead on his own.

    That's because Schauffele has pulled his third shot long and left at the seventh. He has a seriously tough up and down from there just to make bogey.

  • 16:31

    Birdie for McIlroy!

    He is now just two off the lead and we are actually getting a Woods, Spieth, McIlroy battle that seemed like the stuff of dreams not so long ago.

    After a huge drive at the 11th he sent a lovely checking wedge shot in to five feet and from there popped the birdie putt in to get back to -5 and level par for the day.

  • 16:35

    Tiger Woods leads the Open Championship on his own going into the back nine on Sunday.

    Schauffele's pitch from back left is heavy handed and rolls out to 15 feet or so and from there he takes two putts. That's a double bogey and his fourth shot dropped in the last three holes to fall two behind Woods.

    Spieth, from the back of the green, does well to get down in two and save his par to remain at -6.

    Leading scores
    -7: Tiger Woods (9)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (8), Jordan Spieth (7)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Rory McIlroy (11), Kevin Chapell (8), Kevin Kisner (8), Xander Schauffele (7)
    -4: Ryan Moore (17), Tony Finau (14)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Justin Rose (12), Zach Johnson (11), Matt Kuchar (11), Alex Noren (10), Webb Simpson (10)
    Irish scores: -5 Rory McIlroy (11), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 16:37

    Woods' drive at the Par 4 10th is pulled a little left and finds a bunker. It's not right at the face but it's still very tough with a burn to carry just short of the green as well.


    But he does it with aplomb!


    He lashes it up and out, recoiling with the power of the swing and his ball dances on to the front of the green!


    I'm not sure I can take this much longer.

  • 16:40

    That shot from Woods was just outrageous. 99 players out of 100 are pitching that out sideways from there.

    But not Tiger and that's why he has always been the one out of 100.

    Alongside him Molinari now looks to be the nearest challenger after another solid iron shot to the middle of that 10th gree, leaving 25 feet for birdie.

    At the Par 3 eighth there is more trouble for Spieth after his tee shot found the greenside bunker.  

  • 16:41
    It's only a par for Molinari as his birdie putt misses right. That's his 10th par in 10 holes but pars are good today. He is just one off the lead and playing with the man who heads that leaderboard.
  • 16:42

    Par for Woods.

    His birdie putt is perfect pace and good for line until it drifts right at the very end.  

    He taps in for a par and remains one shot clear at -7.

  • 16:44

    McIlroy's drive down the left found the semi rough and from there he is a club out with his approach. It stops a good 40 feet short of the pin, leaving an outside chance of birdie.

    Meanwhile, Spieth has played a lovely bunker shot at the eighth to about six feet. That's to save par and remain just one back.

  • 16:46

    Woods' tee shot with an iron at the 11th is a little wayward and finds the rough but it seems to be sitting okay. He has got just a little loose in the last few holes it has to be said but he's saved himself. Can that continue on one of the hardest back nines in golf? We shall see.

    Molinari also takes iron but also pushes it right where it finds the same stretch of rough that Woods is in.

    Back at the eighth Spieth rolls in his putt for par to remain at -6 before splitting the fairway with his drive at the ninth.

  • 16:52

    And McIlroy drops a shot.


    That's just terrible. After a heavy-handed first putt at the 12th he then pulls his five foot par putt left and winds up with a bogey five to slip back to -4 and now three behind. The putting just is not there, is it?


    Back to the 11th we go. Molinari is first to play from the right rough and finds the front of the green, leaving a long birdie putt.


    Woods' approach is a shocker. He pulls it way left into the gallery where it looks to have hit a few people and bounced back out. That is a serious break there but it leaves a seriously tough pitch over the bunkers for his third. He's battling now.


    Leading scores
    -7: Tiger Woods (10)
    -6: Francesco Molinari (10), Jordan Spieth (8)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Kevin Chapell (9), Kevin Kisner (9), Xander Schauffele (8)
    -4: Tony Finau (16), Rory McIlroy (12), Alex Noren (11)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Justin Rose (13), Matt Kuchar (12), Webb Simpson (11)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (12), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 16:54

    And now Kisner and Chappell are getting involved!


    Huge drives at the 10th, followed by lovely wedge aprroaches and good putts give them both much-needed birdies to get to -6 and now just one off the lead with Woods in trouble at the 11th.

  • 16:56

    Eagle for Justin Rose!

    Suddenly he is right in the equation now! A stunning approach to the Par 5 14th stops just inches short on the hole, leaving a tap-in eagle to move him up to -5 and possibly within one of the lead.

  • 16:57

    That's because Woods is in bother at the 11th.

    From the heavy rough he tried to flip a big flop shot up and over the bunker but it came up short and rolled back down into a hollow.

    From there he opts for the putter and sends it six feet past. That's to drop just one shot and make it a five-way tie for the lead...

  • 17:01

    Double bogey for Woods.

    Well that's a momentum killer. His putt for the bogey misses on the right and he winds up with a six after that terrible second shot and poor pitch. From leading by one he is now one off the lead at -5, meaning there is now a four-way tie for the lead.

    It also means that McIlroy is just two behind after a par at the 13th while Rose is just one off after making the cut on the nuber on Friday.

    Spieth is back into a tie for the lead now after his par at the ninth while Schauffele is again within one after he also parred.

    To say there's a lot going on is an understatement!

    Leading scores
    -6: Francesco Molinari (11), Kevin Chappell (10), Kevin Kisner (10), Jordan Spieth (9)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Justin Rose (14), Tiger Woods (11), Xander Schauffele (8)
    -4: Tony Finau (16), Rory McIlroy (13), Alex Noren (12)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Matt Kuchar (13)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (13), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 17:03

    It will be interesting to see how Woods responds to that six. At the 12th he takes iron off the tee and finds the left rough but it's sitting fine and is a good angle into the green.

    Meanwhile, Molinari also finds the centre of the fairway while Chappell and Kisner have good birdie chances at the 11th.

    Two threes there and they could move into the lead.

    This is just impossible to call now.

  • 17:04

    McIlroy is on the short Par 5 14th knowing that eagle will putt him into a tie for the lead.

    However, he pulls his drive left into the rough. He will still only have a short iron in but that's not a good angle to come at the front left pin with bunkers waiting to gobble his ball up.

  • 17:04
    Molinari has now made 11 pars in a row. Will he do a Nick Faldo and win with 18 straight pars on the final day?
  • 17:07

    Rose comes within inches of joining a tie for the lead. His birdie putt at the 15th shaves the edge but stays out and he remains at -5, one behind.

    Back to Woods we go at the 12th and there is more trouble. From the heavy rough on the right he pulls his second shot left into more heavy rough. He'll do very well to make par there.

    Molinari has a much better lie and makes a much better job of his second shot but still comes up short, leaving an up-and-down to save par.

    Over at the 11th Kisner and Chappell both two-putt for par to remain in that tie for the lead at -6.

  • 17:09

    Schauffele may be about to join the lead once again. After a huge drive at the 10th he bunts a wedge shot forward where it lands short and checks up five feet away.


    From a similar spot Spieth sends his effort well past the pin, leaving 40 feet or so down the green for birdie.

  • 17:12

    Xander Schauffele makes it a five-way tie for the lead!

    He makes no mistake with that short birdie putt to join the big group at -6. There is just absolutely no calling this.

    Spieth can only two putt for par and also remains in that group at -6.

    Leading scores
    -6: Francesco Molinari (11), Kevin Chappell (11), Kevin Kisner (11), Jordan Spieth (10), Xander Scauffele (10)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Justin Rose (15), Tiger Woods (11)
    -4: Tony Finau (17), Rory McIlroy (13)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Zach Johnson (14), Tommy Fleetwood (14), Matt Kuchar (13), Alex Noren (13)
    Irish scores: -4 Rory McIlroy (13), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 17:14

    RORY MCILROY EAGLES THE 14TH TO TIE THE LEAD!

    After a superb approach from the heavy rough on the left, bouncing it up between the bunkers, he then gets up and converts for an eagle three from 25 feet to tie the lead!

    There is just too much happening at the moment!

    Over at the 12th Woods has fallen two behind after failing to get up and down from the left rough for his par and he now slips back to -4.

    But there is no such trouble for Molinari who makes a brilliant up and down from short of the grene to save par and remain at -6 in that six-way tie for the lead.

  • 17:17

    There is just so much happening at the moment and it's becoming more and more difficult to keep track.

    As it stands:

    Leading scores
    -6: Rory McIlroy (14), Francesco Molinari (11), Kevin Chappell (11), Kevin Kisner (11), Jordan Spieth (10), Xander Scauffele (10)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Justin Rose (15)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (14), Tiger Woods (12)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Zach Johnson (14), Alex Noren (13)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (14), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 17:17
  • 17:19

    Woods now needs something big and he could do it because he still has the Par 5 14th to come.

    At the Par 3 13th he has sent a lovely tee shot in to 20 feet and will have that to get within one of the lead.

    Meanwhile, Fleetwood is now coming back into this. Back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th have moved him back up to -4 and just two behind.

  • 17:20

    A perfect tee shot down the 15th fairway sets McIlroy up perfectly to attack the pin.

    From absolutely nowhere he could actually win this and claim a fifth Major title.

    Back at the 111th Spieth's birdie putt slips past the left edge and stays out meaning he remains in the tie for the lead at -6.

    Alongside him Schauffele has just made the up and down of his life to save par from a lie in the bunker where he had one leg in and one leg out. He also remains at -6 and tied for the lead.

  • 17:24

    Woods is very aggressive with his putt at the 13th and it rolls past on the high side, leaving a tester coming back for par. However, he makes no mistake and stays at -4.

    Alongside him Molinari makes an absolutely superb up and down once again from the back of the green to save par (his 13th in a row) and remain tied for the lead at -6.

    And finally one man falls out of the lead. It's Kisner and its because of bunker trouble at the 12th which caused him to drop a shot and slip back to -5.

    Leading scores
    -6: Rory McIlroy (14), Francesco Molinari (13), Kevin Chappell (12), Jordan Spieth (11), Xander Scauffele (11)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Justin Rose (16), Kevin Kisner (12)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (15), Matt Kuchar (14), Tiger Woods (12)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Zach Johnson (15), Alex Noren (14), Webb Simpson (14)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (14), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 17:26

    From the right of the 15th fairway McIlroy sends a good approach into the heart of the green but it will be a long look at birdie.

    With these exceptionally difficult four holes to finish if he can make four pars and post -6 he will be very, very hard beaten.

    Woods now has the short Par 5 14th to play and will have eagle in his sights. As will Molinari who could pull away from that pack at -6.

  • 17:28

    McIlroy's long birdie effort comes up just short and he has to settle for par to remain in the tie for the lead at -6.

    Surely someone has to break out of that?

    It could be Molinari after a perfect drive down the 14th fairway which leaves the green well in range at the Par 5.

    Woods also finds the fairway and will also be eagle-hunting.

  • 17:30

    Back at the 12th Schauffele's approach flies long and will leave a difficult up and down for him to save par.

    Spieth also catches a flier from the left rough and his ball stays up on a bank at the back of the green.

    At the 16th there's some trouble for McIlroy. He pulls his tee shot left at the Par 3 where it bounds down into a hollow and leaves a seriously tough up and down.

    At the 17th it's a par for Rose who will now be looking for a birdie on the last to post -6.

  • 17:30
  • 17:33

    Woods, in fact, did not find the fairway at the 15th but he did find a bare patch in the left rough, leaving just a nine-iron to the green for his second at the Par 5. He gets it right up and onto the green but it absolutely bounds through and onto the fourth green which shares a putting surface with the 14th. He will have - no exagerration - probably about 160 feet for eagle from there with a big ridge in the middle. So that will be interesting.

    From 162 yards Molinari also goes long but nowhere near as long as Woods. He will have 40 feet for eagle and two putts to break this run of pars and pull himself into the lead on his own.

  • 17:34

    Back to McIlroy at the 16th from 45 feet away off the green and up a huge ridge. This is next to impossible but he has played an absolutely beauty with the putter!

    He lags it up to about five feet and will have that to save par and remain in the tie for the lead.

    Over at the 18th Rose has launched a drive absolutely miles down the fairway, leaving just a wedge in. A birdie here would see him post -6!

  • 17:38

    What a par save from McIlroy!

    After that excellent putt up the ridge he tidies up for par, gives it a fist pump and moves to the 17th still tied for the lead.

    At the 12th Spieth and Schauffele make excellent up and downs to save par and remain in that tie at -6.

    Back at the 14th Woods is 56 yards away but still on the green. He opts to chip it but it's a very poor effort, coming up 20 feet short. No birdie here and his chances could be gone.

    Leading scores
    -6: Rory McIlroy (16), Francesco Molinari (13), Kevin Chappell (13), Jordan Spieth (12), Xander Scauffele (12)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Justin Rose (17), Kevin Kisner (13)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (15), Tiger Woods (13)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Zach Johnson (16), Tommy Fleetwood (16), Alex Noren (15), Webb Simpson (15)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (16), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 17:39

    Birdie for Woods!

    He cans his 20-footer right in the middle to get back to -5 and now just one off the big tie for the lead!

  • 17:40

    Francesco Molinari takes the lead on his own!

    Well that didn't last long. After a good eagle putt down the green Molinari successfully tidies up for birdie to break his run of 13 pars and take the lead on his own at -7.

    Over at the 14th there is big trouble for Chappell who looks to have foiund the gorse with his tee shot.  

    Back to the 18th we go and Rose.

  • 17:41

    What a shot from Justin Rose!

    He spins an absolutely superb wedge shot in to three feet and taps in for a closing birdie to sign for a round of 69 and post -6 as the clubhouse lead.

    This is all just too much.

    At the 17th McIlroy has split the fairway with his tee shot and will face a long approach to the threcherously difficult Par 4.

  • 17:44

    Rose taps in and posts -6.

    Leading scores
    -7: Francesco Molinari (14)
    -6: Justin Rose (F:69), Rory McIlroy (16), Kevin Chappell (13), Jordan Spieth (12), Xander Scauffele (12)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Tiger Woods (14), Kevin Kisner (13)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (16)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (16), Alex Noren (15), Webb Simpson (15)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (16), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 17:45

    It's two solid pars for Schauffele and Spieth at the 13th but they're both one behind now.

    Over at the 15th Woods and Molinari both find the fairway with their tee shots.

    Meanwhile, at the 14th, Chappell didn't find the gorse with his tee shot and has done very well to get out with a par five to remain at -6 and one off the lead.

  • 17:46
  • 17:46

    Trouble for McIlroy.

    After that big drive at the 17th he gets his approach just a little to high in the wind, it stalls and plummets into a bunker short of the green. If that's plugged he can probably say good night.

  • 17:49

    To the leader at the 15th we go.

    From the right side of the fairway and 173 yards out Molinari gets his shot up to the front of the green, leaving 30 feet or so for birdie. That's a very smart shot. You have to imagine if he can get in at -7 he will be lifting the trophy.

    Alongside him Woods misses the green right but it's not too bad as it bounces down in a hollow which will give him a putt at it.

    Over at the 14th Kisner has two-putted for birdie to jump into the six-way tie for second at -6.

  • 17:50

    Good news for McIlroy!

    His ball had not plugged meaning he at least has a shot. And he's played a beauty. He chops it down the slope where it spins up and stops five feet away. That is a big, big par putt. Knock it in and birdie the last and he may just have won his fifth Major title.

  • 17:53

    What a putt McIlroy!

    That was a lot longer than five feet for the par at 17 - probably closer to 10 - but it's no problem for McIlroy as it goes right in the centre. He has the fire in his eyes now and knows that a birdie at the 72nd hole would make him very, very hard to beat.

    Over at the 15th Molinari has rushed his birdie putt six feet past leaving a real tester for par.

  • 17:54

    Rory McIlroy.

    Give him the chance and he will take it.

    He has launched a monster, adrenaline-filled drive down the 18th fairway which bounds miles down there. That will leave no more than a flick of a wedge for his second shot. A birdie there and he posts -7!

  • 17:56

    But Molinari will not falter!

    After sending that first putt six feet past he knocks the par putt in for a huge momentum saver and to remain at -7 and one shot clear.

    Alongside him Woods gets down in two from the side of the green to make par and remain at -5. He is going to need something really special down these last three holes which are extremely difficult.

  • 18:01

    We have a two-way tie for the lead!

    At the Par 3 16th Molinari has missed the green right and will face a tricky up and down to save his par and remain at -7.

    However, he now has company!

    That's because Schauffele has two-putted at the Par 5 14th to get to -7 and make it a two-way tie!

    ALongside him Spieth should have made it three at the top after a good long eagle putt but the birdie effort from six feet slid right and stayed out.

    Can McIlroy make it three at the top?

    Leading scores
    -7: Francesco Molinari (15), Xander Scaufelle (14)
    -6: Justin Rose (F:69), Rory McIlroy (16), Kevin Kisner (14), Kevin Chappell (14), Jordan Spieth (14)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Tiger Woods (15)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (17)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (17), Alex Noren (16), Webb Simpson (16)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (17), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 18:02

    Over to McIlroy at the 18th. This is a huge moment.

    He get the distance bang on but leaves his approach 20 feet out to the right. That's to take the clubhouse lead at -7.

  • 18:05

    McIlroy posts -6 alongside Rose.

    His putt starts left and never came back. That's a par to finish, a round of 70 and a total of -6, alongside Rose in the clubhouse.

    Back at the 16th Woods and Molinari have both tidied up nicely for pars. Woods will need a birdie in the final two holes to join the clubhouse lead. Molinari could very well take two pars to win.

    Leading scores
    -7: Francesco Molinari (15), Xander Scauffele (14)
    -6: Justin Rose (F:69), Rory McIlroy (F:70), Kevin Kisner (15), Kevin Chappell (15), Jordan Spieth (14)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Tiger Woods (16)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (F:72)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (F:73), Webb Simpson (17)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (F:70), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 18:07
    What a tee shot from Molinari. He just has not faltered once today and would be a deserving winner. His iron off the tee finds the left half of the fairway and Woods follows him.
  • 18:10

    Trouble for Spieth at the 15th.

    After finding the fairway bunker with his drive he could only splash out. With his third from a long way back he sends a gorgeous shot in to 10 feet. That was excellent but he will need to make that to keep himself in this.

    Schauffele is also in bother after sending his approach over the back of the green, leaving a tough up and down.

    Back to Woods and Molinari we go.

  • 18:12

    Woods is up first but doesn't catch his approach as he wanted to at all. It comes up well short of the green and that could be his chances sunk.

    And he may well be playing with the winner. Molinari has been absolutely incredible today and at the 17th he has just hit the shot of the day.

    From 226 yards to a back right pin, straight into the wind, he fires a stunning two-iron over the greenside bunkers where it pitches on the fringe and rolls down to 12 feet. That is to get to -8 and very likely close this tournament out.

  • 18:14
    That shot may well have just won the tournament for Molinari and given Italy its first Major. I can't tell you how good that was.
  • 18:16

    Spieth's chances could be gone.

    After that great recovery at the 15th his par putt kisses the right edge and stays out meaning he drops back to -5.

    Schauffele makes a superb up and down from the back of the green to save his par and stay tied with Molinari at -7. This man is not going away.

    Chappell's birdie putt at the 16th comes up short and stays out and he remains at -6. Kisner also stays at that mark after a great par save.

  • 18:18

    No birdie for Molinari.

    His birdie putt stays right the whole way and he has to settle for par.

    He will go down the last knowing that a par will give him the clubhouse lead and put Rose and McIlroy out of it.

    It's also a par for Woods and he remains at -5. He will need a birdie at the last and a prayer.

  • 18:20

    What a shot from Schauffele!

    At the 261 yard Par 3 16th he sends a long iron right down the middle of the green where it rolls about 12 feet past.

    A birdie there and he could very well win this.

    Leading scores
    -7: Francesco Molinari (17), Xander Scaufelle (15)
    -6: Justin Rose (F:69), Rory McIlroy (F:70), Kevin Kisner (16), Kevin Chappell (16)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Tiger Woods (17), Jordan Spieth (15)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (F:72)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (F:73), Webb Simpson (F:73)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (F:70), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 18:23

    What a drive from Molinari.

    That's the first part done. He sends a beauty down the right hand side and will only have a wedge to a back left pin. Green light shot and he may just have killed the chances of Rose and McIlroy.

    Woods, despite some really classy person shouting something halfway through his downswing, still gets a great drive down the right where it nestles beside Molinari's ball.  

  • 18:25

    Big moment coming up now on 16 as Schauffele lines up his birdie putt.

    This is to take the outright lead...

  • 18:26

    But it misses left.

    It never budged an inch and Schauffele remains tied with Molinari at -7.

    Back to the 18th we go.

  • 18:29

    Woods is up first and he plays a stunner of a wedge in!

    He leaves it about six feet short and will have that for birdie.

    Now the pressure is on Molinari even more.

    And he responds!

    What a shot from Molinari and that very likely has won him the claret jug and given Italy its first ever Major winner. A magnificent wedge into the pin checks up and finishes inside Woods' ball.

    He has less than five feet for the birdie and to post -8 meaning Schaufelle would need a birdie down the last two holes to tie.

    Kisner and Chappell are also still in with an outside chance at -6 playing the 17th but that shot could very well be the tournament.

  • 18:31

    No birdie for Molinari. His putt moves left straight off the bat and stays out.

    That's a round of 71 and a total of -5. A superb effort but not enough.

  • 18:33

    Francesco Molinari posts -8!

    Wow. This man is just incredible. He did not make one bogey today in a round of 69 which included 16 pars and two birdies, topped off by that one to finish. That is just superb.

    Xander Schauffele needs a birdie in the final two holes or else Italy will have its first ever Major winner.

    Leading scores
    -8: Francesco Molinari (F:69)
    -7: Xander Scaufelle (16)
    -6: Justin Rose (F:69), Rory McIlroy (F:70), Kevin Kisner (17)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Tiger Woods (F:71), Jordan Spieth (16)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (F:72), Kevin Chappell (17)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (F:73), Webb Simpson (F:73)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (F:70), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 18:36

    This is far from over.

    Schaufelle has hit a perfect tee shot down the 17th fairway. On such a difficult hole he would take a par there and then the 18th is very birdieable.

    At the 17th Chappell has made a double bogey to slip all the way back to -4 while Kisner's par means he goes up the 18th at -6 and all but completely out of this.

  • 18:38

    Trouble for Schauffele.

    He pushes his approach shot out right on the 17th. He misses the gorse but will face a very tough up and down for par. If he bgeys there it will be game over and Molinari will be the champion.

  • 18:41

    Schauffele has a decent lie on the hardpan right of the 17th green. He must get this up and down.

    And he's done the first part well. Pitching up and over a bunker his ball bounces down to 20 feet or so. That must go in and he must birdie the last for a playoff.

  • 18:44

    Schauffele misses his par putt.

    His par putt comes up inches short and stays out. That should all but be that. UNless, of course, he can hole out for a two on the last.

    Spieth also bogeyed and is now all the way back at -4.

  • 18:46

    Schauffele sends a perfect drive down the 18th and will only have a wedge in for his second.

    There is a chance.

    Leading scores
    -8: Francesco Molinari (F:69)
    -6: Justin Rose (F:69), Rory McIlroy (F:70), Kevin Kisner (F:74), Xander Schauffele (17)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Tiger Woods (F:71), Kevin Chappell (F:73)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (F:72), Jordan SPieth (17)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (F:73), Webb Simpson (F:73)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (F:70), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 18:52

    FRANCESCO MOLINARI IS THE 2018 CHAMPION GOLFER OF THE YEAR!

    Italy has its first ever Major champion.

  • 18:54

    It was an excellent effort from Schauffele but his ball stops 12 feet short and that's that, Molinari is the winner.

    And the very well deserved winner. His round of 70 today was just absolutely magnificent. He did not put a foot wrong and he hasn't made a bogey since Frriday. Incredible.

  • 18:57

    It's a par to finish for both Spieth and Schauffele.  

    What a day, what a week. Francesco Molinari is your champion.

    Leading scores
    -8: Francesco Molinari (F:69)
    -6: Justin Rose (F:69), Rory McIlroy (F:70), Kevin Kisner (F:74), Xander Schauffele (F:74)
    -5: Eddie Pepperell (F:67), Tiger Woods (F:71), Kevin Chappell (F:73)
    -4: Tony Finau (F:71), Matt Kuchar (F:72), Jordan Spieth (F:76)
    -3: Patrick Cantlay (F:70), Thorbjorn Olesen (F:71), Ryan Moore (F:71), Tommy Fleetwood (F:73), Webb Simpson (F:73)
    Irish scores: -6 Rory McIlroy (F:70), +7 Paul Dunne (F:74)

  • 19:01

    What a crazy, drama-filled up and down day that was.

    For a while there was a six-way tie for the lead and it was just waiting for someone to break out. Molinari was the man to do that and in the end he went and won it by two. He only missed one fairway all day and did not put a foot wrong. Bellissimo.

    For Rory McIlroy there will be frustration. He dropped a few early on today and then got back into it with his eagle at the 14th but those early bogeys will rankle. However it is, very surprisingly, his first ever runner-up finish at a Major.

    The USPGA is just a few weeks away and he will have his eyes firmly set on that.

    With that I shall leave you. It has been a hectic day but a brilliant day. Philip Reid's report from Carnoustie will be online shortly so stay tuned for that. Thanks for reading, bye!