A dozen players were separated by four shots, which is nothing considering that the last two British Open champions at Carnoustie rallied from 10 shots (Paul Lawrie) and six shots (Padraig Harrington) on the final day. At five under par after a 66 that transformed and energised the 147th Open Championship, he lies four strokes behind the leaders, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.
It may be immortalized in countless photos if Spieth can continue his good play at Carnoustie.
Kisner had the outright lead going down the 18 but pushed his second shot at the par-four 18 into the Barry Burn and made a double bogey. I'm right there. I've got a chance at this, which is great. "At least I know that I will be there with a chance", he surmised.
"I'm committed to making sure, even if I don't play my best golf and don't shoot the scores I want, I'm going to go down swinging and I'm going to go down giving it my best".
Whether Woods will be able to win his 15th major, and his first in a decade, is a moot point.
Woods has not won a major since 2008 after personal problems and serious injury interrupted his career, but played himself into contention at Carnoustie with a five-under 66 on Saturday.More news: Proteas floundering despite Maharaj wicket haul
After his first under par round on Saturday, Lee Westwood is out at 10.55, 35 minutes before the marquee pairing of Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler. On the final hole, he found himself wading through the rough, the ball buried deep. It's like playing with a mythical creature. He started his move with a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 9, followed with short birdie putts on the next two holes and with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th, he put his name atop the leaderboard.
Woods started quietly enough with a few birdies through eight holes.
In ideal conditions for low scoring until a brisk breeze sprang up just as Spieth was finishing, the 24-year-old Texan drove the first green and sank a 12-foot eagle before adding four birdies.
"You're the man, Tiger, everyone knows it, " shouted another spectator flanking the fairway on the sixth hole.
It could have been even better.
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He did not stay there long.
Woods, playing in The Open for the first time since 2015, birdied six of his first 14 holes at Carnoustie to tie for the lead before a bogey at the 16th hole - his only one of the day - dropped him back.
He laid up, then speared a majestic 150-yard wedge to within three feet.
With high winds forecast for the later starters, this is where we begin to get to the potential winners. "I just need to get back in that mindset".
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