Francesco Molinari wins the British Open

Francesco Molinari wins the British Open

The 14-time major champion began the day four shots back from the trio of overnight leaders, headlined by defending champion Jordan Spieth.

The 42-year-old began the day on level-par for the tournament but took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions to collect six birdies from his first 14 holes.

Italy's Francesco Molinari claimed his first major title by winning the Open Championship at Carnoustie on Sunday.

On a day when Woods electrified the gallery with a 66 that pulled the 14-major victor within four strokes of the lead, Spieth, with three majors already, showed again that he is the man to beat of the current generation.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were among six players who had at least a share of the lead during an enthralling afternoon on the historic Angus links, but their challenges came up just short along with English pair Justin Rose and Eddie Pepperell.

"I played a little bit better yesterday", Woods said of his matching scores for the opening two rounds. "I will need an even better final round to win but I have given myself a chance".

Jordan Spieth says he will "expect the unexpected" when he tees off in the final pairing at the British Open on Sunday 18 holes away from retaining the Claret Jug he won previous year.

"To miss cuts in the Opens, it's never a nice feeling in any pro golfer and, as you get older, you know it's going to happen more often".

Five months from his 43rd birthday, Tiger Woods finds himself in a new/old place - in contention for the final round of the British Open.

"At first I was going for the green and I was committed to it", Scott said. Lyle's unbroken run started at Turnberry in 1977, when he also played as an amateur, before returning at St Andrews the next year in his first as a professional.

He won the last of his 14 majors a decade ago since when he has been written off after a battle with injuries and personal problems.

American great Ben Hogan managed it in 1953 having shared the 54-hole lead with Roberto De Vicenzo but generally it has been a case of so near and yet so far.

"I'm pretty happy", he said.

Woods, who was wearing protective black physio tape on his neck, faltered after the turn as Carnoustie's steep-sided pot bunkers took their toll, gobbling up a few errant shots.

"I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could".

"I want them to see Dad do what he's done for most of his life", he told NBC, "and make them feel and watch what their father can do". With all the spectators struggling to watch Woods, "she couldn't get close enough to the ropes to watch me".

It was his best score in a weekend round of a major since the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

American Luke List and 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson both carded 69s while Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen was the first man to make an impression on the leaderboard as he birdied two of his first three holes to reach five-under-par.

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