"It would be cool to return the favour".
As he stood in the middle of the sixth fairway with an 8-iron in his hand for his second shot on the par 5, Woods seemed poised to leap onto the leaderboard. He saved par with a 10-footer at the ninth, then made his first bogey at the 10th when he drove into a fairway bunker.
In what might be the easiest conditions of the week, Kisner kept the ball in play and made just about everything. "Yesterday was a little more defensive".
The US Open runner-up made a confident start as he followed three pars with birdies at the fourth and fifth, and another at the ninth took him to the turn in 33 before he got further putts to drop at 111 and 14.
"Normally, when you play great you know where the ball is going", Fleetwood said. "I've been doing this for years...braces and bandages, just that this time it's actually visible". "I thought I played a pretty solid round".More news: Microsoft Earnings Preview: Cloud, PC Trends Positive
Carnoustie still managed to hold its own.
Learn more about South African contenders Van Rooyen, Lombard and Stone here. Tony Finau had eight birdies to offset his share of mistakes to join them at 67. He seems completely dialed in just like the old days, presumably because this comeback isn't new anymore and he's getting exhausted of top-10 finishes while his career wins total remains at 79.
Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm powered their way to 69s, going for the green on short par 4s. Woods has said this is his best chance to win a major, and given the somewhat diminished expectations of 2018 Tiger, this is about as good an opportunity heading into the weekend as we could reasonably expect.
"I would have been happy enough with a level par out there, just get today over with because this is going to be the worst of the conditions so to go out there and shoot another 69 I'm really pleased with that".
Woods' 71 matched the best score of any player in the last 12 groups, and there were just five scores under par among the last 51 players to tee off.More news: Mobile adds $5 LTE global data pass as free roaming spreads
"I played better than what the score indicates because I had two 8-irons into both par 5s today, and I end up with par on both of those, " Woods said.
There's one difference, Woods said.
Even so, no one could really low. The rest were iron shots off tees to better position himself and avoid the cavernous pot bunkers from which it is almost impossible to advance the ball toward the green.
Fleetwood hit the practice range on Thursday evening after being unhappy with his form during his opening 72, and the extra work paid off as his six-birdie card lifted him into the clubhouse lead, although he was surpassed moments later by Zach Johnson.More news: Man Steals Date’s Car, Then Uses It for Another Date