Carnoustie, Scotland: It was an absorbing third day with Tiger Woods knocking on the doors of a 15th Major. After 71-71 on first two days, Woods raced to 5-under through 11 holes and 6-under through 14 to briefly take a share of the lead at the 147th Open Championships. Woods, who has three Open wins in his 14 Majors, will be a big contender on Sunday as Carnoustie Golf Links was benign and amiable with no wind and perfect weather.
From an Indian point of view, Shubhankar Sharma marked his 22nd birthday with his first-ever appearance on a weekend at a Major, as he played the third round at the 147th Open Championship. He then shot a second successive even par 71.
However, that 71 could actually see him move backwards or at best stay where he was last night at T-52 at the 147th Open Championship. After 74-71-71 he is now 2-over 215 and T-56th with a lot of players still on the course at the Carnoustie Golf Links.
Talking of his birthday and the third round, Sharma said, “This is the best birthday present for myself, playing in The Open and the weather was perfect today. This is the best way I could have spent my birthday. I received a lot of well wishes.”
While Sharma played an even par round, many other players were wreaking havoc on the normally unforgiving Carnoustie Links, but none evoked greater interest than Tiger Woods, who started the third round at even par and went to 5-under through 11 holes and when he hit a sixth birdie on 14th, he was in shared lead with a bunch of others that included overnight leaders, Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson, besides Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood and Kevin Chappell. The crowds were roaring, as Woods made some big putts and missed some narrowly and the ball once stopped right at the lip with just half a roll needed for it to drop into the hole.
With no less than 15 players within two shots of the current lead, midway through third round, the battle for the Claret Jug promises to tight and tense and Woods is in the thick of it.
On Saturday, Sharma had a birdie on second after missing a chance on first, but gave away that gain on ninth, which he bogeyed for the second day running and then gave away another shot on 10th.