Inside the ropes - Mythical Woods, Rose in bloom and Sharma's birthday
The 147th Open exploded into life on Saturday as Tiger Woods staked a claim, Jordan Spieth took a share of the lead and Justin Rose tied a Carnoustie record.
We are set for a grandstand finish on Sunday and any one of 20 players are realistically in with a shout after a day of drama up and down the field.
Here’s the best of what they said after Moving Day:
Shaun Norris had never met Tiger Woods before they teed off together on the first tee. It’s fair to say he enjoyed his day:
“Absolutely crazy to think so many people can follow a person. There's a couple of holes that people may be standing 15, 20 deep on each side.
“I think best word to describe it all is the way Russell Knox put it, it's like playing with a mythical creature. It doesn't feel real.”
Justin Rose shot the lowest round of the day with a 64 to tie The Open record at Carnoustie:
“I felt like it was a beautiful morning to play golf. I felt like it was an opportunity to score well out there.
“The greens were somewhat receptive, obviously, and the pins weren't as tough as maybe the first couple of days.
“I felt like it was a typical setup for a moving day today. So it was nice to make that move.”
Another player in contention on Sunday is Francesco Molinari, with the Italian at six under:
“I'm aware there's a lot of good players up there, and all of them are probably feeling quite confident.
“So I just have to do my thing and hopefully do it well enough to finish on top. Like I said, I'm looking at the forecast tomorrow. It's going to be a different story.”
Chris Wood shone as an amateur ten years ago at Royal Birkdale and he impressed again in round three, shooting a 66:
“It makes me feel old. I'm married with a baby now ten years on. But, yeah, I mean, I love this tournament, and it kickstarted my career, obviously.
“Every year I come back here, and -- this is my fifth event in a row, and I was shattered when I got here Sunday night.
“It just lifts you. It's just such a special event and one I really feel like I could do well in.”
2013 Champion Golfer Phil Mickelson battled through to a one-under par round of 70, can he make a charge on Sunday?
“This course hasn't been good to me over the years. I have not played well.
“These last two rounds are the first two rounds I've shot under par here and first time I've made the cut here. So, baby steps.”
Players' champion Webb Simpson expects the wind to blow on Sunday and he can’t wait:
“I've always enjoyed when it's tougher, when it's firm, and I hear the wind's going to blow a little bit. So I'm excited for that challenge.
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“It gives us situations where we have to be really fully committed to what we're trying to do.”
Masters champion Patrick Reed was going well until the final four holes, where he made two bogeys. He’s at level-par ahead of the final round:
“I'm not happy. I'm never really happy when I play, I always feel like there's shots I leave out there.
“But I feel like I missed too many putts throughout the day, and then on top of it, you know, that 15 through 17 stretch has killed me this week; killed me today too.”
It was par on the course for Erik van Rooyen and the South African is frustrated after a 71 leaves him on -4:
“I think I hit the ball really, really well, and I don't think I putted bad, I just misread a few. I think I hit it really well, but there's one more round, and we're going to go fight.”
Rickie Fowler’s dream of a first major was dented with a two-over 73, leaving him way down the leaderboard:
“I just didn't execute through the middle of the round. I’m obviously disappointed. Obviously wanted to take care of -- you know, head in the right direction today, but didn't do that.
“It’s back to the drawing board. We'll come out hot tomorrow and see what we can do.”
Playing in the third round of The Open is not a bad way to spend your birthday and Shubhankar Sharma said he had a ball:
“This is the best birthday gift for me, just playing at The Open. Perfect -- it wasn't like yesterday. Perfect weather for us today. It's the best way to spend my birthday.”
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