Despite his age, Tiger Woods has revealed the British Open offers the best chance for the star golfer to win another major.
The 42-year-old three-time Open champion, who has shown glimpses of form since returning to the circuit last December and has been in contention for a couple of titles this season, cited the examples of Tom Watson and Greg Norman, who in their 50's came close to winning The Open in 2009 and 2008 respectively. He missed the last two Opens while recovering from multiple back surgeries.
Between those former major winners, we will see all manner of players and shot-shapers try to slay the toughest course in the Open rota. Over time, he also believes it's his best major because links golf requires as much thinking as raw power possessed by players almost half his age. He noted Tom Watson almost winning the 2009 Open at age 59, and Greg Norman holding the 54-hole lead at age 54 in 2008. But links-style golf course, you can roll the ball.
"We can always work with space, and I think Carnoustie has plenty of it".
Seven years on and Herbert, now ranked No.177 in the world, will be on the Open scoreboard himself.
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One thing hasn't changed about links golf - it's best to keep the ball out of the pot bunkers, which effectively are a one-shot penalty. "I feel a bit more comfortable on this stage than I have in previous years, which is nice".
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With the wind at his back on the 513-yard 14th hole, Johnson hit 3-iron and wedge. But Rose has lagged behind the leaders at The Open, joining Johnson in 54th place a year ago.
Fowler will accompany Spain's Jon Rahm and Chris Wood of England when the trio launch their British Open campaign at 1009 local time on Thursday.
"There's not a lot of opportunities to hit the driver just because the ball is going to be rolling 80 yards", Woods said.
For Fox, staying fresh has been the key, as he played just 27 practice holes at Carnoustie.
"Going to be a real interesting test in how we're going to manage our way around the golf course", he said.
Especially when you're 19 years old and trying to bounce a ball off a 100-meter sign with a 4-iron. Reed won the Junior British Open that summer at Heswall, not far from Royal Liverpool.
"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.