Spieth, who said he kind of wanted to "send it" on No. 1 despite caddie Michael Greller saying he liked the lay up, drove the green at the par-4 first hole and sank the putt for eagle to get within one of the lead with several games still to go off behind him.
Well, both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are playing the weekend, so that's good news.
"I'm certainly right there in it", he said. "He's really starting to roll the ball well".
The light rain from overnight never let up.
On his approach to Sunday, the 2014 Open champion added that the plan is "definitely to go out and hit a lot of drivers".
Kisner hit 5-iron off the first tee on Thursday. "That's a pretty dramatic difference in distance".
McIlroy made his splash on the global stage as an 18-year-old amateur when the Open was last staged at Carnoustie in 2007, and he spoke in the build-up about how he hoped to rekindle some of that boyish enthusiasm.
But there are five players between him and the outright lead - and what amounts to two threesomes tied with him. 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.
"It's insane. Absolutely crazy to think so many people can follow a person", he said. As for talking shop?
GETTY The Open Tiger Woods shot a round of 66 on Saturday
That Fleetwood hadn't even considered shooting such a low score was, he says, "an indication of how good it was".
He carded 76 and 72 for a six-over total of 148, three strokes too many to advance.
The three-time major victor arrived at the Angus links on Saturday afternoon sporting a rather severe-looking short back and sides but a superb 65 catapulted him to nine under and set up a long-dreamed-about final-day tussle with a resurgent Tiger Woods. He made six birdies and his only mistake was a bogey on the 16th, where he left his first putt from off the green short.
"I felt like it was a handsome morning to play golf", he said. Others who won't be around for the weekend include Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
There's still a ton of golf left to be played.
But not necessarily at the British Open.
Already a two-time major champion with titles at St. Andrews and Augusta National, the 42-year-old from Iowa now has made the cut 12 straight times in the British Open, a streak that began at Carnoustie in 2007.
"I look back at those pictures", McIlroy said Wednesday, "and the more I can be like that kid, the better". He was six-under after scoring a birdie on the 14th hole. His low ball flight, grinding nature and good putting give him the right ingredients. Suddenly, a leaderboard glittering with Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Zach Johnson and, for a while, Rickie Fowler, also had the name "Woods". The players of today want to mix it up with him. He said he was thinking more about the outcome than the shots, and vowed to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Asked what his reaction was Friday night when he learned he'd be paired with Woods, Norris said, "The only person who wasn't happy was my mother, because she couldn't get up close outside the ropes to see me play because it was 15 to 20 people deep".