Tiger Woods in contention heading into final day of The Open

Tiger Woods in contention heading into final day of The Open

Better yet, he didn't hurt anyone in the gallery. Woods will have to take all of them down to walk away with the trophy. He added another birdie at 4 but had to wait a while before his next.

"So I'm committed to making sure, even if I don't play my best golf and don't shoot the scores I want, I'm going to go down swinging and go down giving it my best".

He was tied for 29th, six strokes behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner.

Rose's serene start, four pars and a birdie, was shattered moments later by the rattle of a photographer's shutter from behind the green as he sent a six-foot birdie putt past the hole and missed out on a second successive birdie which would have brought him level with the American at two-under. The grass was deep enough that it was certain to twist the club on impact.

Because of the unusual conditions, namely balls that roll far, players have a wide range of options on every hole. Just as he said, it could have been better, though, it also could have been worse. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.

He still made bogey.

Woods answered with a pair of birdies, and it was give-and-take the rest of the way. He missed and made birdie. He went on to double-bogey the 15th and bogeyed two of the final three holes, having found the Barry Burn on the 18th.

And on the final hole, he hit an approach he judged perfectly to about 10 feet pin-high.

Softer greens were also a result but, interestingly, the course played slightly more hard with the lead only moving from 5-under overnight to 6-under with two rounds to play. Even yesterday, they're so much greener than the fairways.

He was six shots behind when he finished and figured the margin would be a little wider, which it was. I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. "They're all great people. The comparison of Johnson and Johnson is probably not fair to me or him".

Rory McIlroy laid into respected coach Butch Harmon following his encouraging first-round 69 at the Open on Thursday after the Sky analyst criticised his "robotic" putting. He's at four over and has some heavy lifting to make the Friday cut.

"I mean, I'm not going to lie", Knox said.

"I hit a lot of drivers today", he said, "even though I wasn't driving it very well, I was at least hitting short irons into the greens out of the fescue. It didn't stop raining the whole time", a drenched Day said.

"So it was a tough finish".

"Hopefully I can get some nice weather tomorrow". Jordan Spieth is quite good until he sends it over the goal four houses over and we've got to go knock on the neighbours' door for the soccer ball.