Fan ejected from The Open for shouting during Tiger Woods' final drive

Mae Harvey
July 25, 2018

But it was the American's playing partner Molinari who wrote his own script to claim his major breakthrough at the 36th time of asking.

The American could get the battle with Tiger Woods he has always visioned with the 14-time major victor lurking ominously among the chasing pack after a thrilling day of low scoring at a defenceless Carnoustie.

Woods briefly shared the lead on a pulsating third day of the Open at Carnoustie before ending four shots back in the slipstream of defending champion Jordan Spieth, his Carnoustie housemate Kevin Kisner and fellow American Xander Schauffele.

"I've always wanted to battle it out with Tiger in a major - who hasn't?"

"I played pretty similar to this at the Players Championship". "Either I hit that shot and it clears the burn, or I hit it right next to my feet", he said. I played with him the final day at Wentworth and he didn't miss a shot. "Looked up on 17 and saw he got to minus-eight, which is just incredible golf and an incredible finish", he added.

Woods moved into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, which qualified him for the final World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. In six major championship appearances, he has finished in the top six three times.

Bidding for his first major in 10 years, Woods hit the outright lead midway through a fascinating final round before a double-bogey on the 11th and bogey on the 12th cruelled his hopes.

"I told them I tried, and I said, 'Hopefully you're proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did, '" said Woods. I know I was within one.

His charge was a 2-under 69 in the strongest wind of the week, the only player from the last four groups to break par. "I'm relearning. I feel like I've won quite a few more recently than he has, but you still have to relearn to deal with it". "I've got a chance at this, which is great".

Tiger Woods was on the range, preparing to tee off on the weekend at the British Open for the first time since 2014 at Hoylake. After leaving his uphill putt several feet short, Woods' just missed his par attempt inches right. I didn't want to drop that last shot. "I felt I really had control of the ball".

"I think I played it out at Augusta in my head".

Woods has not won any tournament since 2013 but, with his form returning after years beset by back problems, his confidence is growing. "I've shown that I've been there close enough with a chance to win this year".

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

"We're not there yet", he chided the reporter in jest. "I felt I was ready for the challenge". "Then ask me again".

Woods himself rose 21 places, but the biggest mover was Justin Rose.

Johnson, whose name already is on the claret jug from his playoff victory at St. Andrews three years ago, holed a 30-foot birdie putt Friday on the 18th hole at Carnoustie for a 4-under 67 just as the rain was starting to end.

And the Olympic champion carried on where he left off on Saturday, taking advantage of benign conditions to fire seven more birdies to match the 64s recorded by Steve Stricker and Richard Green the last time Carnoustie staged the Open in 2007. "I was very excited last night not to be down the road, ruing another Open opportunity gone. I picked up where I left off and it was a great day's work". From tickets and transfers to hospitality & golf, can build the flawless package to help you experience The Open in style.

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