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Open Championship: 9 Favorites to Watch at Carnoustie

Open Championship: 9 Favorites to Watch at Carnoustie Open Championship: 9 Favorites to Watch at Carnoustie
Kristopher Love | 18 July, 2018, 12:29

His dad Earl eventually spoke up, asking if Tiger was ever planning to hit a ball past the sign.

At the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, Woods struggled mightily with the short stick, taking 58 putts after hitting just 16 greens over two days and shot 79-72 to miss the cut. I just need to play some cleaner golf and who knows?

Back at the British Open for the first time in three years, Woods broke from his tradition on Tuesday morning.

"No, no I don't have to relearn how to play this style of golf because I have played in so many Open's and so many links courses over my career", he said. He didn't contend on the back nine in the previous Opens at Carnoustie, in 1999 and 2007, though he wasn't far from a playoff.

"It stuck with me", Tiger said.

"To be honest with you, I have struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career", Woods said Tuesday during a news conference at Carnoustie that preceded an afternoon practice round.

"Each tournament I keep coming back to I keep feeling a little bit better because I'm starting to play some golf again", he said.

"We're not going to get the most ideal bounces".

The 31-year-old is happy with his group, both US PGA champions Keegan Bradley (2011) and Jason Dufner (2013), and says tee times are simply a lottery with the changeable weather. That's just part of it and the fun challenge of it.

Patrick Smith  Getty Images
Patrick Smith Getty Images

" There were times when I didn't think this was possible but, lo and behold, here I am in my third major this year". It certainly plays into the hands of guys who can thread the ball around.

Woods arrived at the Scottish course to the north of Dundee near 3pm Sunday local time accompanied by his caddy, Joe LaCarva and after a 30-minute session on the range he took to the very dry Carnoustie course.

Three weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National, Woods went to a new putter, a TaylorMade model that looks like a mallet and has grooves on the face.

Player's exercise regime is a thing of legend, although it is fair to say that the legend is much of his own making and even more of his own frequent retelling.

"The guys who have done well have been wonderful feel players and also wonderful lag putters", he said, citing Tom Watson, who almost won the Open at age 59 in 2009, and Greg Norman, who contended at Birkdale the year before at 53.

Woods, 42, already has proof of the quick fairways. But a links-style golf course, you can roll the ball.

"It's still a major championship with the best players in the world and a really tough golf course".

'There are not a lot of opportunities to hit the driver because the ball will be rolling 80 yards so it will be hard to keep the ball in play: even hitting four and five irons are running 50 to 60 yards.

Especially when you're 19 years old and trying to bounce a ball off a 100-meter sign with a 4-iron.