While all the attention was on Tiger Woods putting together his best major round in seven years, the American who has come closest to replicating peak Tiger’s dominance was quietly putting himself in pole position to retain the Claret Jug.
Jordan Spieth has not yet generated the rabid following of Woods, so while Carnoustie was understandably rocking at the 42-year-old rolling back the years, the defending champion was flying under the radar despite accruing shots at a remarkable rate.
Tiger’s superbly scrambled par at 18 earned whoops and hollers that shook the Angus links’ foundations; Spieth’s equally impressive iron into the green from the left rough that helped him save par earned polite applause.
But the reality is that if Woods’ round of 66 was brilliant, then Spieth’s 65 was sensational and a fourth major title in as many years is within the 24-year-old’s grasp as he heads into Sunday at nine-under – co-leader with fellow Americans Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.
Top of the Day 3 leaderboard
Source: The Open