Chris Wood closing in on leaders with hot round

Woods is making his first Open appearance since 2015

The betting favorite to win the British Open?

"I don't know if I actually regrouped", he said.

Zach Johnson, Kisner, Spieth and Fowler are sharing a house down the street from the course with a private chef cooking them meals and massage therapists on duty.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth took the scenic route to a four-under par 67 at Carnoustie on Friday that put the American right in the mix to keep hold of the Claret Jug.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson also are well within contention at even par, just six shots back.

Asked what he has learned from the likes of Johnson, who won the 2015 British Open, or Spieth, who owns three major championships, while at the house, Kisner said: "I learned that everybody's going through the same stuff and trying to shoot the lowest score possible, and everybody puts their trousers on the same way I do". He left it well short, behind a bunker, and had to play a pitch over the top of the bunker and onto the green.

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he needed to convince his Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to take a post-World Cup holiday. We do it differently to Monaco. "I'm going to put my neck on the line and I think they will win".

The way golf has been going, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the top-ranked player. Rose is No. 3 and almost joined them until he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole to make the cut on the number.

McIlroy, a four-time major champion, has had far more success in his career on softer layouts - his victories in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional and the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool prime examples. His low ball flight, grinding nature and good putting give him the right ingredients. He called the crowds "incredible" and "fantastic", and in some sense those crowds included one of the two men playing alongside Woods.

Nor should he. Zach Johnson, victor of a Masters and that British Open, has put himself in fantastic position to have his name engraved on the cherished Claret Jug for a second time. Had Justin Rose not made a putt for birdie on the 36th hole, it would have been only the second time that the world number one, two, and three had missed the cut in a major. He goes into the weekend just three shots back. He missed and made birdie.

And: "I'm not going to lie". "It wasn't that bad, but it was just damp enough and cold enough that the game plan that I was trying to adapt to be aggressive and hit driver a lot, I just couldn't do it".

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15 hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

But if he's looking for places where he let strokes get away, it was at the par-5s on Thursday - where he had 8-iron second-shot approaches and failed to make birdies - as well as his three-putt at the 13th.

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