Woods falters to fall from top of packed Open leaderboard

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Fourteen-time major champion Tiger Woods, pictured July 2018, shared ninth at the par-72 Albany layout in December 2017 to begin a successful comeback season from spinal fusion surgery

Tiger Woods slipped away from the top of the leaderboard after dropping three shots in two holes early on the back nine in the final round of the British Open on Sunday.

Woods had gone out in front on his own after reaching the turn at two-under for his round, but a double-bogey at the 11th was followed by a bogey at the 12th as he slipped back to four under par for the championship.

Instead Rory McIlroy holed a monster eagle putt at the 14th to move into a tie for the lead on six-under along with Francesco Molinari, Kevin Chappell and the three players who started the day out in front -- Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

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