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For Woods, it was the first time in eight rounds in an Open at St. Andrews _ dating to July 20, 2000 _ that he was not atop the leaderboard at the end of a round.

He made his move through the loop, then ended his string of three straight birdies on the par-5 14th. Woods was moving closer to the lead until he badly pulled a 4-foot par putt on the 17th, then missed a 10-foot birdie try on the last hole.

“I’m in good shape,” Woods said. “I took advantage of the golf course when I needed to take advantage of it. As of right now, we’re on the good side of the draw. But you don’t know tomorrow.”

Woods won the last two times on the Old Course by a combined 13 shots, and his bid to become the first player with three claret jugs at the home of golf is still in the picture.

Asked if he could catch McIlroy, Woods replied, “We’ve still got three more rounds.”

Five players were only three shots behind at 66, a group that includes Daly, who won at St. Andrews in 1995, the last time the weather acted up. Those in the large group with Woods included Westwood, PGA champion Y.E. Yang and former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.

Defending champion Stewart Cink opened with a 70, despite catching St. Andrews lying down.

In the nine times McIlroy has competed at St. Andrews, as an amateur and a pro, he has broken 70 every time.

“I’ve actually never played St. Andrews when the weather has been that bad,” McIlroy said. “That’s probably why my scores have been quite good.”