CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Of the top five players on the leaderboard, only Jordan Spieth has won a major.
Then there’s the guy lurking in a share of sixth place.
He has 14 of them.
In each of Spieth’s three previous major victories, he’s never gone up against a healthy and competitive Tiger Woods. Sure, Woods entered the final round of the 2015 Masters in a tie for fifth place, but he wasn’t really in the mix – he was 10 shots behind Spieth.
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That won’t be the case Sunday, when Spieth gets to fulfill a childhood dream of chasing a major title with Woods in the mix. They are separated by four shots at Carnoustie.
“He’s certainly going to be in it tomorrow, which is really exciting for us,” Spieth said. “I’ve always wanted to battle it out in a major with Tiger. Who hasn’t? It’s kind of a dream come true just to have the opportunity.”
Much like at the Masters earlier this year, Spieth said that he won’t do much leaderboard watching on Sunday. With the wind expected to gust to 25 mph, it’ll be an entirely different test than what the players faced the previous three rounds.
Even if he doesn’t glance at the massive yellow boards, Spieth will be able to tell where Woods is anyway, just based on the crowd noise.
“It’s very cool looking at it from the big picture,” he said, “but my head will be down.”