It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole's history and Spieth's penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.
Woods' presence, too, nearly overshadowed the curiosity surrounding the fact Spieth got himself a morning haircut from a local barber whom he sought out searching on Yelp.
"It's been a few years since I've felt like this", he said.
"However, if the bad weather doesn't come in, then we know we're going to have to shoot eight under par on Sunday". He also added, (But) I would like to have played better than I did but I am very happy that I am playing the round (weekend) today.
Woods, playing at his first British Open since 2015, rolled back the clocks on Saturday with a sizzling 66 - his best round at an Open since winning at a similarly parched Hoylake in 2006. "I knew I was within one".
They were at 9-under 204.
A bogey on the 16th and a par save from short of the Barry Burn on the 18th gave him a 66.
"I'm right there", he said.
Kisner will go out with another American, Kevin Chappell, who is seven-under, in the penultimate pairing of the day, before Spieth and Schauffele tee off 10 minutes later.
For Woods, a return to championship form would take on special meaning, given the personal demons and injuries he has overcome.
Twelve players were separated by four shots, a group that includes Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Zach Johnson. Woods made three straight birdies from the 9th-11th holes and now sits just one off the lead. Today I just didn't make enough putts.
The opening hole is 396 yards on the card, with the fairway getting narrow between two bunkers. Tiger is just two shots back of the lead and is alone in third place.
A 25-foot birdie putt dropped on the ninth and Woods carried the momentum into the homeward nine. "And he's like, 'I put my chips behind anything you decide, always.' And that kind of gave me that little extra boost", Spieth said.
Spieth's cut not only got him some ribbing from his housemates for the week - he and five other players are sharing a house - but some questions at his post-round news conference, where he took his hat off briefly to show the new look.
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