Tiger Woods angry after Open despite best Major finish in 5 years

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It was reminder of just how hard a hole it can be.

Carnoustie tempered some of that confidence. It is irrelevant to me.

"I had a great opportunity", said Woods, who shot 71 to tie for sixth.

Molinari twice saved par with 8-foot putts on the 12th and 13th, and he took the lead for the first time with a short birdie on the par-5 14th.

But a bogey and double-bogey dropped him back and he could never get better than 5-under, while his playing partner Molinari played beautifully throughout.

"We have a pretty open relationship".

"It's no course record, but it will do for today".

"It was massive to take advantage today", Rose said after the lowest score of his career in any major. Sharma was 2-over after two rounds and he remained there after three, too. Fleetwood shares third place with Pat Perez and Xander Schauffele.

Solid off the tee, suspect at times on the green, Molinari first showed his potential in a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010 when Lee Westwood made his debut at No. 1 in the world.

Molinari clinched it with a driver that skirted the edge of a pot bunker, leaving him a lob wedge from 112 yards to 5 feet.

"The way Francesco played today was lovely", said Woods. I received a lot of good wishes.

"It's just going to go in the memory bank as a positive". Another bogey on the next hole, and he was basically out of the tournament. The three-time British Open champion is searching for his first win of the year and his first major championship since winning the U.S. Open in 2008. "It didn't feel any different to be next to the lead and knowing what I need to do". "I had a chance starting that back nine to do something, and I didn't do it".

"Right now I'm not in any mental state to think about what happened, to be honest", he said.

His decision to use his driver - which he used just once on the par-five sixth yesterday - at the second proved to be the wrong one but it was nearly more costly for spectators. "If the guys get to 10 (under), five back is certainly do-able".

For Woods to have a chance, he needed to birdie 18, while Molinari bogeyed the hole.

But then came a not uncharacteristic moment of madness from Spieth, who was wild with his second shot at the sixth, where a frantic search for his ball ensued. Scott has Fanny Sunesson on his bag after persuading the Swede to come out of retirement.

For Tiger, major victories were once inevitable.

Despite ending up in second, it was an impressive run for the 24-year-old Schauffele.

England's Justin Rose was also among the early starters after scraping into the weekend with a birdie on the 18th on Friday evening, the OIympic champion picking up five birdies in 14 holes to improve to two under par. A generation of golf fans, however, don't care.