Spieth aims to retain British Open title but Tiger lurks

Woods, winless in the majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, hasn't been this close to the lead going into the final round at a major since he was two shots back at Muirfield five years ago.

Overnight co-leader Zach Johnson gave up a shot early at the British Open when his drive at the fourth found a hazard, but he bounced back by holing what will nearly certainly be the putt of the week at the par-5 sixth hole.

Kevin Chappell (67) is two shots back at 7-under.

Kevin Kisner has dropped out of the lead at the British Open after a double bogey and a bogey in his first three holes.

A shot farther back at one-over is Davis, the Emirates Australian Open champion from Sydney, who was having a great day until he doubled the par-four 10 hole.

Woods appeared to be in position to take another stroke off his score on No. 5, but his approach shot rolled away from the hole, leaving him with about a 30-foot putt. Much earlier on, Justin Rose delivered a flawless round of 64, the lowest ever score in Carnoustie's British Open history.

"That was good, that was good", he said, with just a touch of relief.

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On a day of low scoring, McIlroy bogeyed two of his last three holes for a 1-under 70. "So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow", said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3. Especially if we get the weather that has been forecast.

Right alongside him is Bendigo's Herbert, playing his first Open Championship and who rattled around in a two-under par 69 to make sure he could enjoy another weekend of major championship golf.

"If I get a good round out there in the morning, who knows come Sunday", Herbert said.

"It would be. better on Sunday, " Woods said after his 5-under-par 66 to get back into the mix.

Tiger Woods faced Francesco Molinari in the final singles game in the "Miracle at Medinah" in the 2012 Ryder Cup, and with a fast start, the duo could be facing off for the Claret Jug - they begin play at 2.25 p.m.

Suddenly, a leaderboard glittering with Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Zach Johnson and, for a while, Rickie Fowler, also had the name "Woods".

Despite leading on -9, a host of young upstarts, superstars and the old guard are ready and waiting to pounce if Spieth gets off to a poor start. He managed to punch down the fairway then hit a 60-degree wedge from 83 yards to a few feet to save par. The good thing is there's not many players in between me and the lead. "I'm not surprised. He seemed confident walking off the putting green today, the little that we talked", said Spieth. As The Post's Chuck Culpepper notes, through three rounds, the leader board has 19 guys within five shots of the lead, seven major-title winners within those 19, 26 major titles between those seven.

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