Tiger Woods was two-under on the front nine during the final round of the Open Championship at Carnoustie on Sunday. Photo: Jon Super/AP

CARNOUSTIE – Tiger Woods found himself in the outright lead in the final round of the British Open on Sunday after a solid start, combined with slip-ups from defending champion Jordan Spieth and the other pacesetters.

Woods had reached the turn at Carnoustie two-under-par for his round and seven-under for the championship, after picking up birdies at the fourth and then the long sixth hole.

He then saved par at the 10th despite finding a fairway bunker with his tee shot.

That left him a shot clear of Italy’s Francesco Molinari, his playing partner, and fellow American Spieth.

The latter is hoping to retain the title he won at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago, and started the day level with Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele at the top of the leaderboard on nine-under.

However, Spieth bogeyed the fifth and then had a double-bogey at the long sixth after finding a gorse bush with his second shot, dropping back to six under par in the process.

Kisner and Schauffele had slipped back to five-under, level with Rory McIlroy and Kevin Chappell.

Meanwhile, England’s Eddie Pepperell is safely in the clubhouse on five-under after a four-under-par round of 67.