Cream of the crop


Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY NEIL McLEMAN at Carnoustie

JOR­DAN SPI­ETH wants to avoid an­other close shave at The Open af­ter get­ting his hair cut too short in Carnoustie.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion shot a bo­gey-free 65 to share the lead with fel­low Amer­i­cans Xan­der

Schauf­fele and Kevin Kis­ner.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIl­roy and Tommy Fleet­wood are all four shots back.

Spi­eth’s day started with a trip to a lo­cal bar­bers be­fore eagling his first hole.

“My hair got a lit­tle long, and I needed to get a hair­cut, so I did this morn­ing,” he said. “I paid £20, I think. It was like

a £9 hair­cut, and I tipped them. I don’t know where I went – and I don’t think he knew who I was.

“He went a lit­tle high and tight. Very Bri­tish hair­cut. A lit­tle shaved on the sides, a lit­tle longer on top. It is what it is. Sum­mer­time, it works out.”

Spi­eth won the Claret Jug in thrilling style last year af­ter get­ting a penalty drop in the lorry park at the 13th.

The Amer­i­can, who blew a big lead at the 2016 Masters, said: “I know as well as any­one that any­thing can hap­pen on the last day of a Ma­jor. And I know how dif­fi­cult the last few holes are with 20mph winds fore­cast for to­mor­row. But I hope to make it as bor­ing as pos­si­ble.”

Woods briefly topped a Ma­jor leader­board for the first time since the 2013 Masters as he shot a bril­liant 66 – his best score at The Open since his last win at Hoy­lake in 2006.

He has won all 14 of his

Ma­jors lead­ing go­ing into the fi­nal round but he said: “I have got a shot. The fore­cast is for it to get up. I hope it proves right.”

Spi­eth added: “The way Tiger’s strik­ing those 2 or 3 irons, he’s go­ing to be in it to­mor­row.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to bat­tle it out in a Ma­jor with Tiger.”

HE’S A CUT ABOVE Joint leader Jor­dan Spi­eth, with his newhair­cut (right), is look­ing to de­fend hisOpen ti­tle to­day

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