Tiger Woods winds back the clock at the British Open

Tiger Woods performs an escape act

Tiger Woods performs an escape act Credit stuart nicol

On a day flawless for low scoring on Saturday, Woods let rip with his driver and tucked into the birdie buffet, briefly grabbing a share of the lead - something the American had not done since the 2013 Masters. Maybe my wedge play wasn't quite as good as it should have been, but I give myself plenty of chances.

He has been plagued by injuries and personal problems including a marriage breakup since winning the last of his 14 majors a decade ago.

The idea of Tiger Woods as a major tournament threat returned fiercely on Saturday when the American golf superstar's name appeared atop the British Open leaderboard. "It's going to be fun".

Tiger Woods turned back the clock and briefly tied for the lead en route to a five-under-par 66 as players plundered Carnoustie in flawless conditions in the third round of the Open.

Woods began the day level par after two steady rounds, tied for 29th, but six birdies fired him to a share of sixth place.

Six birdies propelled him rapidly upwards.

The 42-year-old Johnson won the Open in a playoff at St. Andrews in 2015 after a torrid week of high winds and torrential rain that caused most of the Saturday to be called off, with play running into the Monday for the first time in 27 years.

When a 25-foot birdie putt trundled across the ninth green and into the cup it seemed like something special was brewing.

"You're the man, Tiger, and everyone knows it", yelled one fan standing next to another in an orange and black tiger costume. He made a tough par save on the 17th, and then got up-and-down from behind the 18th green for a 68.

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"So I'm committed to making sure, even if I don't play my best golf and don't shoot the scores I want, I'm going to go down swinging and I'm going to go down giving it my best".

Despite his globe trotting, the Spaniard's still keeping up to date with the leaderboard at this year's third Major and has picked a few golfers he's got his eye on.

He did not stay there long.

The one shot Woods would like to have back was the 13th, where he made a 15-foot putt for par.

But at least he's still playing.

His ball stayed dry but with 246 yards left to the hole he chose to lay up from the rough before punching a 100-yard wedge to three feet and saved par.

It sounded like a Woods victory march as he strode to the green to complete a memorable round.

"I really didn't hit a bad shot until 18", said Woods, who got repayment from luck with his drive on the last, which landed upon the top of the stone embankment of the notorious Barry Burn, then remained dry even as it settled in the unfriendly foliage waterside. We'll find out what the lead is by day's end. "I know as well as anybody that anything can happen in an Open Championship on a Sunday".

After pitching back on to the fairway Woods hit a superb third shot to two feet to crucially save par and finish a shot behind clubhouse leader Francesco Molinari, who carded a flawless 65.

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