Spieth and Tiger underway as Kisner falls back

By Peter Hanson at Carnoustie 22 July 2018 3
Spieth and Tiger underway as Kisner falls back

Jordan Spieth began his final round at The Open with a par as Tiger Woods made a steady start to his bid to win a 15th major title, but Kevin Kisner found trouble early.

Defending champion Spieth surged into contention on a low-scoring moving day with a glorious 65 that left him nine under par for the tournament.

Carnoustie was again baked in sunshine on Sunday, but the winds were stronger than they had been all week and forecasted to pick up more as the day progressed.

It meant scoring was serene in the early holes for the leaders, though Tommy Fleetwood birdied the first to sit three shots off Spieth and co-leader Xander Schauffele.

Kisner, who has led or co-led after every round, found trouble in a fairway bunker at the second, needing two attempts to get out of the sand and making double bogey to fall two back.

Woods rolled back the years in round three with a stunning 66, but he missed a 10-footer for birdie at the opening hole before following up with another par at the second.

Francesco Molinari and Kevin Chappell sit alongside Fleetwood, while Erik van Rooyen and Alex Noren were four off the pace.

Rory McIlroy's hopes of a fast start were dented by a bogey at the second and he was four under for the tournament.