Ian Poulter, who missed the cut, tweeted a screen-grab of the leaderboard with Woods" name on top, and wrote: "I can't say I've ever been so excited for Tiger Woods before. Woods' history of domination in the majors doesn't include many comeback stories, but since he has resumed his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record, it's worth noting that a 46-year-old Nicklaus trailed by six shots at the midway point of the 1986 Masters, his 18th and final major title.
"But the form wasn't as good as I'd have liked and I only managed two under".
"I've shown that I've been there close enough with a chance to win this year", Woods said.
"But in the air, I knew it was on a line that was going to be on the green and most likely a par, which is all I was looking for". "I'm not getting ahead of myself, I'm just in a good position".
That will nearly certainly not happen today with the par-four first straight into a breeze that forecasters say could be gusting to 25mph by the time Spieth tees off 1345GMT. "I need to go get it", Woods said.
It was the latest in a series of sublime major performances by Spieth, who produced a textbook display of links golf, recording an eagle and four birdies in a blemish-free round.
Around the treacherous finishing hole at Carnoustie, the fans groaned when Kevin Kisner's second shot landed in the infamous Barry Burn. Woods got up-and-down for par on 17 after his approach spun into the wind, ballooned and fell woefully short.
"He's really hitting the ball well and I think he's moving in the right direction again, " Norris said.
Tiger Woods shot 71 and was 5 under overall.
Fellow Englishman Justin Rose failed to make a run on his front nine and dropped a shot at the fifth to slip to three under at the turn. It's the closest he's been to the lead in a major since five years ago at Muirfield.
But there are five players between him and the outright lead - and what amounts to two threesomes tied with him. "It was a bad two-iron", Woods said.
"The game's just hard for me right now, " Mickelson said.
"I would have liked to have played well and moved up the leaderboard but, at the same time, I was happy because that really could have got a way from me and I could have gone to one or two over".
That left the American at in a tie for sixth at five-under for the tournament heading into the final round.
Twelve players were separated by four shots, a group that includes Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Zach Johnson. I putted well. I holed out when I needed to. "And he's like, 'I put my chips behind anything you decide, always.' And that kind of gave me that little extra boost", Spieth said.
It lasted only two holes but there was no mistaking the roars and whoops from the packed galleries, as Tiger Woods briefly held a share of The Open Championship lead yesterday.
The best round from the earlier starters on Sunday came from Australia's Jason Day, whose three-under-par 68 left him two-under for the championship.
His round matched the 64 shot by American Steve Stricker and South African Richard Green in 2007, but fell short of Branden Grace's Major record of 62, which the South African recorded at The Open previous year at Royal Birkdale.
"There was one thing I did well the entire week - I made everything", Woods noted to USA Today.
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