The cheer started on the 10th, when thousands of people broke out in one long, spontaneous shout of excitement as the ball landed hard by the pin. It’s been a long time since they have heard anything like it in Carnoustie, or anywhere else they play majors. It was unfamiliar, but unmistakable. The Tiger roar. It echoed around the links, and the rush of excitement spread wherever people were watching, or listening, to the golf. Tiger Woods was back, at last, and on the charge. By the time he had made it to the green, they had started chanting his name, beating out the syllables, “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!”
Even Woods was not sure he had this in him. Just this week he admitted “there were definitely points in time that I certainly thought I’d never play in this championship again”. And now here he was, at 4:15 on Saturday afternoon, top of the board, tied for the lead at six under par. It didn’t last. He dropped a shot, the only one he lost all day, when he made two bad putts at the par-three 16th. And then Jordan Spieth and the other late starters swept by him. But still, he finished in 66, five under, and come Sunday he will be in the hunt. Like he said: “It’s going to be fun.”
Written by Andy Bull at Carnoustie
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/21/tiger-woods-open-contention-66-third-round-golf under the title “Tiger Woods rolls back the years and roars into Open contention with 66”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.