Fan ejected from The Open for shouting during Tiger Woods' final drive

Chris Wood surges up Open leaderboard

Another American, Kevin Chappell, is alone in fourth place, two shots behind after a 67.

Initially it had looked as though Molinari's playing partner Woods was on course for a 15th Major Championship a decade after landing his 14th.

They were at 9-under 204.

Francesco Molinari has taken the outright lead at the British Open for the first time, and Tiger Woods is still not out of it.

Spieth hit 8-iron through a gap in the trees for a birdie-birdie start to the back nine, and he dropped only one shot - not four like he did on Thursday - over the four closing holes at Carnoustie for a 67.

"I didn't play the wind the right way on those two holes", he added.

Bhatia, from Wake Forest, North Carolina, missed a tying 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 35th hole. Woods and Schauffele now shared the lead.

Brooks Koepka is unlikely to be celebrating back-to-back major victories at the British Open on Sunday.

Reed, the Masters champion playing in the group ahead, was compiling a round of similar proportions and got to two under at the 14th before the run-in bit him once again, with back-to-back-bogeys at the 16th and 17th.

Koepka is 3 over for the tournament, 10 shots off the lead.

Woods felt relaxed enough to engage in some banter with a spectator on the 12th tee after his drive had landed on the fairway, but his run of birdies came to an end there. He is even par overall.

Earlier in the day, playing partner Woods had every reason to believe he would cap a most awesome comeback.

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The 14-times major victor had to settle for a closing 71 and a 279 aggregate. The fan that interrupted an important Tiger Woods backswing late in his round Sunday is potentially far worse.

Woods parred the 17th but still stood two shots off Molinari as they went to the final hole. "I've watched this through the PGA Tour this year day in and day out, seeing him work as hard as anyone else". There already was a 64 on the board by Justin Rose and a 65 by Yusaku Miyazato.

The 42-year-old's hopes of a remarkable comeback after a turbulent spell in his life - during which he has encountered off-course problems with the break-up of his marriage and a run-in with the law - were alive and well on the back nine. It was the first time since 2007 that he trailed going into the final round of a major, had the lead and failed to win.

Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner are more than just housemates this week. Molinari's 69 was the only bogey-free round on the final day at Carnoustie.

After Spieth doubled that same hole and Schauffele made a 6, Woods was tied for the lead.

And for the first time, all of them get to experience a final round at a major with Woods in the hunt.

Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar were within one of the lead, having played four and two holes respectively.

Typical of his first full season since 2015 because of back surgeries, the challenge is more the number of players in front of him than the deficit he faces.

"I can't find the words right now, but one picture would do it." he tweeted in both English and Italian, attaching a picture of little brother Francesco pumping his fist after winning the British Open.

The third round began with little more than a mild breeze, and several players were taking advantage.

"On top of that I made some longer putts and I was saying to the guys earlier that before we teed off, there were a lot of guys between three to five under par through 14 holes".

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