Dustin Johnson was headed toward being the first No. 1 player in the world to miss the cut at the Open since Luke Donald in 2011 at Royal St. George's. "I've got a chance at this, which is great". Woods made three straight birdies from the 9th-11th holes and now sits just one off the lead.
Then there is Tiger Woods, who shot 66 Saturday, at 5-under and tied for sixth with a list of players including Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Alexander Noren.
Kevin Chappell, who spent most of his round watching Spieth put on a show, birdied the 18th for a 67 and was two shots behind. Day made a strong run on the front nine and at three-under overall through 10 holes, he was just two shots from the lead.
That said, the closest challengers include major winners Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy at -5. I'm only a few shots behind.
Starting the day six shots off the lead after two rounds of 71, Woods birdied the fourth and sixth before holing from 40 feet for another on the ninth to reach the turn in 33. They all dropped shots on a day when there was no time to be going backward.
One shot behind were Tommy Fleetwood (65), Pat Perez (68), and Xander Schauffele (66).
After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.
The weather stays miraculously calm between 1:45 p.m. ET (Rose's tee time) and 2:45 (the final group) and this steady son of England takes full advantage with four birdies, then holds on tight.
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Of the five players separated by three shots, only Spieth has experience winning a major.
This is the 16th time he has been in at least a share of the lead in the majors in the five years he has been playing them on a regular basis. His lag putts in particular excelled, and he said, "I hit so many good putts out there today".
The opening hole is 396 yards on the card, with the fairway getting narrow between two bunkers. He then missed a great chance to hit the front on his own at the 5th, pushing a straightforward six-foot putt to the right of pin.
"My hair got a little long, and I needed to get a haircut, so I did this morning", said Spieth, who walked into town after looking up a barber shop on the app Yelp. That has sent him rocketing up the leaderboard, at time of writing he is -4. Kevin Kisner, the 18-hole leader, was among the late starters.
Former Georgia golfer had a chance to head into the weekend as the sole leader of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, but as has happened to so many golfers before him, the Barry Burn got him.
Spieth had got his round going with an eagle at the par-4 first hole which signalled his intent, and a birdie on the 4th to 6 under.
It may be immortalized in countless photos if Spieth can continue his good play at Carnoustie.