Spieth, Schauffele and Kisner share lead after British Open third round

Jordan Spieth reacts after holing his eagle putt on the first on Saturday. - AFP Photo
Jordan Spieth reacts after holing his eagle putt on the first on Saturday. - AFP Photo

CARNOUSTIE (UK): American trio Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner are tied for the lead after a thrilling third round at the British Open on Saturday.

Reigning champion Spieth boosted his chances of retaining the Claret Jug with a six-under-par 65 to move to nine-under overall at Carnoustie.

But Schauffele, who at 24 is the same age as Spieth, joined his compatriot at the top of the leaderboard thanks to a 67 that featured six birdies.

Meanwhile, Kisner, who had shared the lead at the halfway stage along with Zach Johnson, remains right in contention after a bogey-free round of 68.

The leaders are two shots clear of another American, Kevin Chappell, who is seven-under after a 67 playing with Spieth.

Behind him, Francesco Molinari of Italy is six-under, while Tiger Woods is five-under after a 66 as he searches for his first major title in a decade.

The group on five-under also includes Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as well as England's Tommy Fleetwood. - AFP