The year is 2018, and after a near decade out of the mix, Tiger Woods is finally back in the Major hunt.
Various injuries and personal issues have dogged one of the game’s greatest ever players over the years, to the extent that a fourth back surgery had the man himself questioning whether his career was over.
Tiger Woods, 10 months ago: “We just take it one step at a time. It's a process and I'm in no hurry. … I don't know what my future holds for me.”
He now shares the lead in search of a 15th career major championship.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) July 22, 2018
He regained some form in 2018, most crucially gaining regular play time without any injury concerns, and now at Carnoustie, Tiger Woods is the betting favourite to win his 15th Major.
The remarkable story saw Woods start the day on -5, four shots behind Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, and Kevin Kisner on nine under.
The three time Open Champion made birdies on holes four and six to go seven under, as the above trio began to come back to him.
man a year ago i really never thought we’d ever see this again pic.twitter.com/qKOc6jVMXA
— kyle robbins (@kylerrobbins) July 22, 2018
In the penultimate group, Kevin Kisner has made three bogeys and a double to go as far back as five under.
The final group of Spieth and Schauffele started well, both making four pars each to begin with. The fifth hole heralded disaster though.
Spieth made a bogey after a wayward drive. Another miss on the sixth saw him take a drop from some thick gorse, resulting in a double bogey seven, going to six under as Woods made a fine up-and-down ahead on the ninth to stay at -7.
He had Schauffele for company on -7, with the young American dropping two shots to Spieth’s three, but a double bogey on the 7th hole gives Tiger the sole lead in a Major for the first time in what feels like forever.
It's too much. We do not deserve Rory and Spieth chasing Big Cat on the back nine at an Open. pic.twitter.com/m1BtR8yCzC
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) July 22, 2018
Woods’ playing partner Francesco Molinari is well placed after nine straight pars on -6, but the eyes of the world are now on only one man.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 22, 2018