The best golfers in the world will descend on a small Scottish town this week for the sport's oldest tournament. In his last five Opens, McIlroy has an average finish of 3.3 with a missed cut and a DNP mixed in. And there's something about links golf that inspires him.
"This course can be played so many ways", Woods said.
"Links golf has treated me well, I enjoy the challenge of it, and hopefully it treats me well again this week", Fox said.
"It is going to be a week where the course will be quick and we are going to have to deal with it".
Woods had finished T7th behind Scotland's Paul Lawrie in 1999 and T12th in 2007 when Ireland's Padraig Harrington won also in a play-off. He has all the skill to win a major and could break through this week at Carnoustie.
"It's going to favor a patient one for sure because even if you play this golf course aggressively, you're going to have ups and downs during the week", Rose said. It gives him a chance to use his creativity - the thing that so excited him the first time he visited Carnoustie.
He points to Tom Watson and Greg Norman playing in the final group while in their 50s. "As far as the long-term, certainly I would say yes (it offers the best chance of winning another major)".
"That's the neat thing about coming to links courses, we play it as it is", Woods said on Sunday.
"You get to places like Augusta where it is just a big ball park and the golf course outgrows you unfortunately". "That's just the way it goes. But links-style golf, you can roll the ball". "Distance becomes a moot point". That's been attributed to an atypically dry and warm summer in the region. Had he hit a driver, he would have risked the ball rolling into the water (known as the Barry Burn) that fronts the green. "The only part of my game where I feel like I'm struggling a little bit is with the putter, but I don't feel like I'm struggling putting", Johnson said. "I like all of them". "Even hitting sometimes four and five irons, they've been running 50, 60 yards".
Carnoustie's fairways are expected to be faster than the greens this week
'We're supposed to see the same wind direction for the rest of the week and if you're someone like us who can fly it over 300 yards, you can basically take all the trouble out of play on a lot of the holes.
Johnson figures he'll hit driver on half of the holes.
The world No 8, without a major win since 2014, spoke in bullish terms on Tuesday about how the conditions of the course fall into the hands of the players who can hit the ball long off the tee. That has been too much club off the tee.
Especially when you're 19 years old and trying to bounce a ball off a 100-meter sign with a 4-iron.
Rory McIlroy - McIlroy hasn't played almost as poorly of late as people think.
"I'll never forget hitting the first tee shot and being as young as I was, getting up there, and it was 308, " Reed said. I just can't wait for the week to get started.
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