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Champion Spieth in three-way tie for the lead as Woods and McIlroy remain in Open contention

On a day of low scoring at Carnoustie, Tiger Woods set the clubhouse lead in a bid to win his first major in a decade.

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Updated Jul 21st 2018, 8:25 PM

AMERICAN TRIO JORDAN Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner are tied for the lead after a thrilling third round at the British Open on Saturday.

Reigning champion Spieth boosted his chances of retaining the Claret Jug with a six-under-par 65 to move to nine-under overall at Carnoustie.

But Schauffele, who at 24 is the same age as Spieth, joined his compatriot at the top of the leaderboard thanks to a 67 that featured six birdies.

Meanwhile, Kisner, who had shared the lead at the halfway stage along with Zach Johnson, remains right in contention after a bogey-free round of 68.

The leaders are two shots clear of another American, Kevin Chappell, who is seven under after a 67 playing with Spieth.

Behind him, Francesco Molinari of Italy is six under, while Tiger Woods is five under after a 66 as he searches for his first major title in a decade.

The Open Championship 2018 - Day Three - Carnoustie Golf Links Source: Richard Sellers

An inspired Woods set the clubhouse benchmark early on Saturday.

The 42-year-old, who started the day at level par, rolled back the years with a sparkling 66 – his lowest score at a major in seven years – to move to five-under-par.

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On a day where glorious conditions were making for favourable scoring, the 14-time major champion reached the turn in 33 and birdies at 10, 11 and 14 briefly had him six-under.

A bogey at 16 derailed his momentum slightly and luck was on his side when a wayward tee shot at the last just stayed out of the Barry Burn.

Rory McIlroy is also five under after third-round 70, as is England’s Tommy Fleetwood and America’s Zach Johnson.

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