Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CARNOUSTIE, Scotland) — A five-under-par third round at The British Open has Tiger Woods in contention at a major for the first time in years.
Woods shot a 66 on Saturday, and briefly saw his name sit atop the leaderboard following six birdies in his first 14 holes. He shot his only bogey of the day on 16, falling behind Kevin Kisner at that point.
He hadn’t played in an Open Championship since 2015, and hadn’t led at any point in a major tournament since 2012. Still, after four back surgeries in the last two years, Woods showed glimpses of his old self.
Woods sat in a tie for sixth place as the round came to a close, just four shots off the lead. Speaking to reporters Saturday, Woods said he’s happy with how he’s playing.
“I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year,” Woods said. “Given what happened [the] last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship.”
“It’s going to be fun,” Woods added.
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