Tiger Woods speaks out after stunning third-round Open Championship performance

The Open Danny Willett

I hit a lot of good shots. "No one was yelling at me so I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing".

Woods feels the same way.

Tiger Woods shot his lowest round at a major since 2011 as a five-under-par 66 put him among the leaders on the third day of The Open at Carnoustie. He was four shots behind.

"It's been a few years since I've felt like this", Woods said. Fleetwood does, after all, own the course record at Carnoustie, a 63 he shot past year in the Dunhill Links Championship, and the 63 he shot in the final round at Shinnecock Hills showed he's not afraid to go low in major tournaments.

For Woods, there's an added burden.

It was every bit of that on Saturday, a rare day when Carnoustie had little defense.

Tom Watson is one of five men in history to win The Open Championship at least five times, and trails only the legendary Harry Vardon in wins (6).

The defending champion made a clear statement of his intent as he took out his driver on the 396-yard par four and blasted his ball down the fairway. "Would have been better if I made that putt (a 10-footer for birdie on the 18th), but didn't hit it where I thought the line was, and it broke too much".

Followed around the Scottish links by huge crowds and a circus of journalists and photographers, the 14-time major victor was at one point in a share of the lead after claiming a sixth birdie of the day at the 14th hole.

The world number three capped a flawless performance with birdies at the final two holes, running in a 12-footer at the last for the lowest round of the championship.

So, too, were some of his daredevil par saves, like the one on the 18th hole after he almost airmailed his tee shot into the Barry Burn way left of the fairway, laid up to 83 yards and stuffed his third shot to 3 feet of the flag.

"We got one given for free, actually", Fleetwood said.

The wind is expected to be the strongest it has been all week.

The Open Willett secured a solid two-under round of 69

"I certainly am not the No. 1 player in the world that ends in 'Johnson", he said.

It was there for only 20 minutes.

It is the first time Johnson has missed an Open cut since his debut at Turnberry in 2009.

"Yeah, I saw it", said Kisner after his round. He won previous year, and he's playing great golf right now.

While Zach (67) surged through the field in cold, wet conditions at Carnoustie to share top spot on six-under with fellow American Kevin Kisner (70), Dustin (72) was packing his bags after missing the cut on 148, six over.

Woods began the day six shots back.

He got a lucky break at the last, where his pulled tee shot came within inches of landing in the Barry Burn. They all dropped shots on a day when there was no time to be going backward.

Nine players are within four strokes of the lead, and even that might not be enough of a cushion for the leaders.

Woods has never won a major championship from being outside the top five after 36 holes.

Greller told him no. Play short and it's a wedge to a front pin, easy birdie chance.

"Twenty pounds, I think", Spieth said. I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone at this point.

They'd be even more valuable if Woods went on to win Sunday, a scenario that seemed impossible a year ago but now, with the dodgy weather forecast, is not totally unrealistic.