The Open my best chance to add to majors haul: Woods


That's just the way it goes. With wind often a factor on seaside courses, fast greens would become unplayable if they were allowed to get so quick, with balls at rest influenced. The more I can get into that mindset, the better I'll play golf'. I talked to him about the clubs, had a good chat about that. Those little moments like that - that was my introduction to links golf.

Another dropped shot followed on the ninth but a birdie on the 12 got the Greystones player back to even.

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

The conditions are as brittle as Muirfield in 2013, though most comparisons are with Hoylake in 2006, when Woods won the Open for the second straight time by hitting driver only one time all week.

" There were times when I didn't think this was possible but, lo and behold, here I am in my third major this year". I was just trying to soak everything in, so grateful to be here.

But over time, he thinks it might be his best chance because of history.

"It's definitely, by far, the driest (Open I've played)", Day said. "I feel very confident with the way I'm rolling the golf ball, but the greens were a little bit slower yesterday and I'm sure they'll be a little bit slower today with a bit of moisture".

"If you go back to 1999, the Open here transformed Carnoustie, in terms of the money that was invested in the golf course and the golf club, and it brings great value to the town for decades to come".

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Tiger said his "feels" are much better now than at the start of the year, and that he has a better understanding of his game and swing than he did at Augusta National in April. "You see I'm just telling the story now".

"They're some of the best players in the world and deservedly so, and they're going to take some beating", added McIlroy, who made his major debut as an amateur here 11 years ago.

"I'm not putting any pressure on myself to perform".

For whatever reason, Woods said he has struggled to adjust to the slower speeds over the years.

Course strategy has been at the forefront of early Open week discussion.

TAB leading contenders: $13 Dustin Johnson; $17 Justin Rose; $18 Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy; $21 Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka; $26 Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Sergio Garcia.

He hit driver into the burn. "It's just hard to keep the ball in play".