CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) – Jordan Spieth has a stake in the leadership of the British Open and a great experiential edge. At just 24, he has already won three majors and his name is the last etched on the basis of the silver wine glass.

A name in the mix makes everything so new.

"I've always wanted to fight in a Major with Tiger Who not?" Spieth said to take a quiet Carnoustie for a 6 under 65 to tie the lead with Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele. "It's a dream come true just for the chance."

Woods is the same.

Never in the Mix of the Master, on the weekend at the US Open, the 14-time Major Champion on Saturday with a 66, his lowest lap on the weekend with a Major in eight years.

He did not have the best score. He was four shots back. But he's Tiger Woods, and it felt like that again, with thousands of fans stacking along the fairways and bending over the greens, while Wood's three straight birdies popped around the curve and then two for birdie on the par 5. Space to gain a head start on the lead, even if it took only 20 minutes.

"I've shown that I'm close enough to win this year," Woods said. "Given what's happened in the last few years, I did not know if that would ever happen again, but here's my chance to play Sunday in a big championship, it'll be fun."

It was all that on Saturday, a rare day when Carnoustie had little defense.

Justin Rose, who made the number with a birdie on his last hole, matched the Carnoustie record for the Open with a 64. Spieth set the tone in. In the afternoon, he decided on the way to the first tee Driver to hit the 396 meter long hole. He let it bounce and race on the hard grass, down a hill and onto the green about ten feet away for an eagle. Moments later, Woods began his attack for the first time in five years to come in contention for a major.

It never stopped. Seven players had a lead at one point. Kisner, who led the third round, was never far away but had to work hard to stay there. He made a hard par-raise on the 17th and then got 68 times behind the 18th green.

Schauffele, last year's PGA Tour rookie, shot a 30-foot putt from behind the 18th green for a 67.

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They were at 9 under 204.

"We have tomorrow Pretty much a new tournament, "said Spieth.

A dozen players have been separated by four shots, which is nothing considering that the last two British Open Champions in Carnoustie came together from 10 strokes (Paul Lawrie) and six strokes (Padraig Harrington) on the final day.

It is expected that the wind will be the strongest wind. And then there's Woods playing in the penultimate group.

Woods began quietly enough with a few birdies through eight holes. He started his move with a 40-foot birdie putt in 9th place, followed by short birdie putts on the next two holes and a two-putt birdie on par-5 14th place ranking. [19659006] It was there for only 20 minutes. But it was there.

A bogey on the 16th and a par spare in front of Barry Burn on the 18th gave him a 66. He thought it would at least keep him within reach. He was as close to the top as he was in a major since he was two years behind Muirfield at the 2013 British Open.

"I'll be right back," he said. "I have a chance, that's great."

And he has company.

Kevin Chappell, who spent most of his rounds, watched Spieth do a show, the 18th Bird Bird for 67, and was two shots behind.

Francesco Molinari had a 66 and will play in the third to last group with Woods. They were the last three weeks together when Woods handed him the trophy at Quicken Loans National after Molinari shot 62 for an eight-shot win.

Twelve players were separated by four shots, a group consisting of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Zach Johnson. On a day when there was no time to go backwards, they dropped all shots. McIlroy was within two shots of the lead until bogeys left him four on two of his last three holes for a 70.

Johnson, staying in the same house as Kisner, Spieth and four other Americans, hooked his neck on No. 12 and three-putted for a double bogey. He shot 72 and was behind in group four. On board was Tommy Fleetwood, who dropped three shots in two holes on his way to a 71 in the second half of the season.

Of the five players separated by three shots, only Spieth has experience of winning a major. He will try to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 winning the oldest championship of golf in successive years.

His move began with a sudden decision.

The opening hole is 396 yards on the map, with the fairway getting narrow between two bunkers. Spieth, who watched the Open on Saturday morning, asked Caddy Michael Greller about the practice area: "Do we like drivers?"

Greller said no. Play briefly and it's a wedge to a front pin, easy birdie chance.

Spieth went to tee off with coach Cameron McCormick and asked him, "How about I'm only sending it to No. 1."

"I felt good about the range session and it's like," I'm stuck my chips behind everything you decide, always. "And that gave me that little extra boost," said Spieth. He stopped his approach at 2 feet on No. 4 and made two short birdie putts until he came to the par-3 16th when his 5-iron set for his longest stroke of the day 12 feet wide.

This is the 16th time he has held at least part of the majors in the five years he regularly plays them. And it's the first time he has had to look over Woods's shoulder.


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