The Open 2018: Jordan Spieth relishes Tiger Woods problem at Carnoustie
|The 147th Open Championship|
|Venue: Carnoustie, Scotland Dates: 19-22 July|
|Protection: Stay throughout BBC Radio, highlights on BBC TV and on-line, stay textual content commentaries on BBC web site.|
Jordan Spieth says it’s a “dream come true” to battle 14-time main winner Tiger Woods on the ultimate day of the Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Defending champion Spieth shares the lead with fellow People Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele at 9 below.
Former world primary Woods, 42, is 4 pictures behind after his lowest spherical at a significant since 2011.
“I’ve all the time needed to battle it out with Tiger in a significant – who hasn’t?” stated 24-year-old Spieth.
Woods has not gained a significant since 2008 after private issues and critical harm interrupted his profession, however performed himself into competition at Carnoustie with a five-under 66 on Saturday.
The three-time Open champion says “it may be enjoyable” discovering out if he can win on the Scottish hyperlinks for a 15th main.
“It has been just a few years since I’ve felt like this,” he stated.
“I am proper there. I’ve bought an opportunity at this, which is nice. I needed to keep inside attain.”
Spieth, bidding to develop into the primary man to retain the Claret Jug since 2008, eagled the par-four first in a bogey-free 65.
However, on a course the place Paul Lawrie fought again from a report 10-shot deficit to win the 1999 Championship, the Texan believes Woods will pose a big menace throughout Sunday’s ultimate spherical.
“I feel I performed it out at Augusta in my head,” he stated. “It is sort of a dream come true simply to have the chance.”
The pair is not going to be collectively for the ultimate spherical however the roars the followers following their respective teams generated on Saturday will definitely make them conscious of one another’s actions.
“I noticed he performed fairly properly. I am not shocked. He appeared assured strolling off the placing inexperienced, the little that we talked,” stated Spieth.
“It is good that he is on level. It is actually good for the game, clearly, for the additional curiosity.
“And the way in which that he is putting these two or three irons, he is actually going to be in it, which is actually thrilling for us.”
However it’s not nearly Woods v Spieth.
With excessive winds and rain forecast for Sunday afternoon on the Carnoustie hyperlinks on the east coast of Scotland, BBC Sport commentator Ken Brown stated: “There are 35 gamers who will suppose that if they’ve the spherical of their lives early on earlier than the winds hit they’ve an actual likelihood.”
Saturday was performed in largely benign circumstances, with the solar breaking by way of cloudy skies amid mild winds. That led to low scoring and a leaderboard that swayed wildly.
Three-time Claret Jug winner Woods, who missed the earlier two Opens with again points, added: “That was good. I performed properly. I needed to keep in attain. And 4 is certainly in attain. Particularly if we get the climate that has been forecast.
“Nevertheless, if the unhealthy climate does not are available in, then we all know we will need to shoot eight below par on Sunday.”
Hundreds adopted Woods across the hyperlinks and it was not tough to know precisely the place he was with cheers echoing throughout the course, heralding every of his six birdies.
That’s not to say there was not assist for others in competition. However evaluating the group’s response to Woods strolling from the 15th inexperienced to 16th tee, which was spine-tingling to be within the midst of, with that to Spieth, and even Rory McIlroy, it’s obvious who the overwhelming majority wish to win.
And it isn’t simply the followers. Commentator Andrew Cotter declared within the BBC Two highlights programme: “I’m giddy with pleasure. There is a wave of nostalgia and also you see what he does for golf.
“To have him in competition on the ultimate day is what you need. He was so spectacular, and if he is not fairly again to his highest he is getting there.”
McIlroy is, like Woods, 4 again after dropping a shot on the final.
The Northern Irishman, who gained the final of his 4 majors 4 years in the past, stated: “I have to get off to a quick begin. I am nonetheless within the event and the wind is meant to choose up so it is going to make issues attention-grabbing.”
On his method to Sunday, the 2014 Open champion added the plan is “undoubtedly to exit and hit a number of drivers”.
Spieth stated he had spent Saturday morning watching on the tv and realising “the course was gettable”.
He then walked into Carnoustie for a hair minimize. “He went a bit excessive and tight,” smiled Spieth. “A traditional £9 British hair minimize. Price me £20.”
Again to the golf, he added: “I am simply glad to have given myself an opportunity after the way in which I performed on day one. And now it is arrange for a traditional Carnoustie Open with a bunched-up subject and 25mph winds due.
“Saturday was about it taking shot by shot and I used to be actually stable. Sunday could be extra about anticipating the sudden. And it’ll imply a bit extra with Tiger in there competing too. It is good to get the chance.”