I’m not a robot, says McIlroy after starting Open bid

Jul 22 2018 Carnoustie Angus SCT Rory Mc Ilroy during the final round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Carnoustie Golf Links. Mandatory Credit Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 22 2018 Carnoustie Angus SCT Rory Mc Ilroy during the final round of The Open Championship golf tournament at Carnoustie Golf Links. Mandatory Credit Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

"I got away with some tee shots, but at the same time, I think that's what I have to do".

He said: "Look, it's over 60 years from when it was last there and I personally never thought I'd be able to play an Open Championship at home".

The former world number one, who is bidding for a first major victory in four years, put himself firmly in contention on the Angus coast by moving to four under with a second-round 69.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Tiger Woods made a spirited run at his 15th major championship on Sunday, holding the outright lead with eight holes to play at Carnoustie on Sunday, only to see it quickly unravel with a couple of wayward tee shots - both irons - that knocked him down the leaderboard.

"I would have been happy enough with a level par out there, just get today over with because this is going to be the worst of the conditions so to go out there and shoot another 69 I'm really pleased with that". He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing, he doesn't know what's in my head. Just go back to having fun playing golf. You know, I'm excited for it. After a bogey on 12, he was eyeing a long eagle putt on 14 - and of course he drained it.

Tiger Woods on the prowl in the third round of Open Championship
With trickier, windy conditions expected for the last round, Kisner feels it could be an unpredictable day, and a harder one. Twelve players were separated by four shots, a group that includes Rory McIlroy , Tommy Fleetwood and Zach Johnson .

"That's my game plan this week". After all the times when it looked like I'd never play again, I feel blessed'.

And when he hit a remarkable approach shot out of fairway bunker at the 10th - clearly a high lip and getting the ball over a burn - it appeared to be Woods' day. Like I said, I hadn't felt the energy of the crowd for a while in The Open. That's why I tried to stay as aggressive as I possibly could even though I wasn't hitting the driver maybe as well as I could.

'It's true I didn't see the fairways much but the rough is very playable for the most part.

"It was great, just to be a part of it and hear the roars", said the four-time major victor. I play my best golf. "Tiger being back in the mix, everything, there were a lot of big names up there".

McIlroy did not shirk from using his driver on the longer holes despite the hard and fast nature of the course making length difficult to control.

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