Sports Pulse: USA TODAY Sports # Steve DiMeglio discusses the upcoming tournament and why it will pose many obstacles for golfers.
Following a top-five finish of the Quicken Loans National earlier this month, Tiger Woods is back on track this week seeking its first major championship victory since the 2008 US Open. 19659007] The 14-time major champion plays this week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland in the third golf tournament, the Open Championship. Tiger opened the game on Thursday with a balanced par 71 and followed on Friday with another 71 strokes. Then he shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday and was tied in one place for the lead. He starts Sunday with a four-stroke lead.
Tiger dances at 9:25 next to Francesco Molinari. Follow step by step analysis of his last lap.
Hole 5 – Par 4
Another iron from the tea and it's another beauty in the fairway.
Hole 4 – Par 4
Tiger goes with the big dog again and plays this pretty well. His driver looked good early, with this one landing in the right rough and rolling in the short cut. Not bad. Tiger approached the needle with his approach, doing quite well here and landing about 15 feet in front of the cup. Tiger holds the fourth hole for the fourth consecutive day. 1 to 4 (6-under for the tournament)
Hole 3 – Par 4
Another iron from the Tee and Tiger keeps this low and finds the fairway. 128 yards from the needle with 20-plus mph wind on his back, Tiger has a decision to make. The pin is in front left of the green and is protected by a burn wound (current). He throws this in the wind and goes about 40-50 feet above the hole to the right center of the green. Safe shot, not bad at all. Not a bad putt here, who went down to a few meters for a two-putt par. Up to 3 (5-under for the tournament)
Ranking Update: Right now, everyone on the court and the pair of 24-year-olds Xander Schaufelle and Jordan Spieth, who plays in the last group is still ranked 9 under par. Kevin Kisner took second place and dropped to 7.
Hole 2 – Par 4
Driver here for Tiger and he is on the left side of the fairway. He does not abandon his conservative schedule, the wind blows almost 20 mph into his face. Tiger's 7-iron approach is high, but on the edge. He'll be able to putt, but it's not an easy birdie chance. Tiger played this one to have a big break from left to right, but it did not move much, leaving about 5 feet for par. He makes the putt and remains even until 2 (5-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
And we are gone. On his famous Sunday red, Tiger leaves tea here and it's on the fairway. His approach found the green just over 10 feet in front of the hole and set Birdie Chance at No. 1. The putt had a slight break and missed by about an inch. Par. Even up to 1 (5-under for the tournament).