The Co Down man has often been criticised for dubious course management and a strong stubborn streak.
The key was not that he had just 26 putts but that he avoided most of the punishing Carnoustie bunkers.
At the moment Woods is on par with two holes still left to play.
"So I'm committed to making sure, even if I don't play my best golf and don't shoot the scores I want, I'm going to go down swinging and I'm going to go down giving it my best ..."
"I would have taken 69 to start the day". His hair was more curly back then and his body not almost as chiseled, but his game was bold and he even made the cut as an amateur that year at Carnoustie.
The way golf has been going the last few years, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the No. 1 player in the world.
After a two-over 73 on Thursday, Sharma's four bogeys, including three on the front nine, were off-set by four birdies on the back nine.
"I played a little bit better (Thursday). I am driving the ball really well".
"From 104 yards to make double.in a tournament like this it's just such a kick in the you-know-what", Lowry said.
"I've just always enjoyed - this is how the game should be played", he said. Just not good enough. "With those type of conditions, you have to think your way around the golf course, and I did that today".
No, not Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, victor of 18 career titles and the unanimous pre-tournament betting favorite to hoist the Claret Jug on Sunday. He appeared to keep it together with a tough par save from the bunker on No. 12, followed by two straight birdies.
"It was a disappointing finish", said Harrington. "You've got to hang in out there and hope to make a few birdies". So I'm happy to be in with a shot. He ended level for the day with a 71.
Kisner could step out of the shadows and secure a surprise Major title, cheered on by his famous room-mates as he boasts the first-round lead.
Lyle, who made his Open debut as an amateur in 1974, the year of Gary Player's third and final victory, was 60 in February and his exemption as a past victor has expired but he has not given up hope of appearing at Royal Portrush next year as there is a place available for the victor of next week's Seniors Open at St Andrews and he is in the field. Tommy Fleetwood, however, carded a bogey-free 65... There's a lot of great players.
ESPN's Darren Rovell said that Woods' use of the tape has already helped the KT Tape's sales.
"The thing that impresses me with those guys is when you're out here and you grew up with all your buddies, you're pretty much the best at everything". You can utilize the ground as an ally.
The shot came out hot and right at them. He hit the target regularly where many of his more illustrious rivals couldn't, though when it comes to playing football in the garden it sounds like Spieth is the player to watch.