Rory: Tiger not as feared but still a major threat

Francesco Molinari's win at the British Open has broken the American stranglehold on golf's major championships, with a USA golfer having won the previous five.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood is the most likely to become the first English victor of the Claret Jug since Nick Faldo in 1992.

But while a year ago Spieth survived a wobble in the final round at Royal Birkdale to take the title, this time he was too erratic, not recovering from a bogey at the fifth that was followed by a double-bogey at the long sixth where his second shot found a gorse bush.

With another tough save from off the green at the 16th, he didn't miss another shot. "I've done it so many different ways".

Woods, who shot 66 on Saturday, is paired with Molinari, two groups behind the final twosome of Spieth and Xander Schauffele.

'The only thing they've seen is the pain I was in and the struggles I went through. "If they won, they'll probably get the headlines".

He finished at 8-under 276, the lowest score in eight Opens at Carnoustie, the course where Jean Van de Velde threw away the British Open with a triple bogey on the last hole in 1999, where Padraig Harrington twice hit into Barry Burn on the last hole to make double bogey and still won. Three more pars brought him to the 18th tied for the lead with Schauffele, and the 35-year-old from Italy stuffed his approach to four feet, pouring in the birdie putt for the win.

"This was his first taste of major championship drama for quite a while", McIlroy said.

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That had catapulted him right into contention, but after going out in front on his own midway through Sunday, he promptly dropped three strokes in two holes at the 11th and 12th.

McIlroy did not win, even though he reappeared shortly after Woods dipped by crashing in a long eagle putt on No. 14, which vaulted him to the 6-under par summit at the time.

Last weekend, Woods sat in a box at Wimbledon to watch Serena Williams contend for a 24th major title. Even worse, Woods backed that up with a sloppy bogey on No. 12 and was two shots back playing catch-up against his unflappable Italian playing partner, who never allowed the door to open as much as a crack.

But Woods didn't need to wait for that phone call to find some solace.

"I know it's going to sting for a little bit here, but given where I was to where I am now, (I feel) blessed".

For Tiger, major victories were once inevitable.

Spieth has his work cut out though, with the leaderboard so closely packed that at least 20 players will start Sunday believing they can win the Claret Jug. They know how special the Open is to me'. But I felt really good this morning. Instead of pitching out and playing for par, he went ultra-aggressive and took a massive hack with a pitching wedge.

His media obligations done, Woods climbed up the elevated walkway, on his way to the back entrance of the Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa. Now at a career-best number six in the world, he has won three times and been runner-up twice in the past two months.

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