Carnoustie - aka "Carnasty" - has not been kind to Australians.
"You don't have to be long (off the tee) to play on a links-style golf course", Woods said. There are so many great players, and it just seems like, at this point in time, they're all playing really good golf at the same time.
A decade later it is the sound the shot made that stuck with Arron Oberholser.
Jean van de Velde with his socks off and his pants rolled up around his ankles standing in the Barry Burn with the whole world yelling, "What on earth is he doing?".
Carnoustie is the toughest of the Open Championship venues by repute, and nicknamed "Carnasty" after the tumult of 1999 when Australia's Rod Pampling led through the first round but then missed the cut.
McIlroy's greatest asset, both then and now, was his driving - he put on clinics at Congressional and Kiawah, Hoylake and Valhalla.
This time around, the fairways are baked hard, which will make it interesting to say the least. This Open, like your local auto dealership before you know it, offers two options: With a driver, or without. Instead of being among the first on the tee for practice, he didn't show up at Carnoustie until his news conference just before lunch. "There's no surprises where the bunkers are and what the greens are like; it's purely going to be about the conditions". Woods said Monday that he hit a 3-iron off the 18th tee that went 333 yards.
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"I think I learned quite a bit at Birkdale", said Hadwin.
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"I hit some irons, and depending on the wind, I'll probably hit anywhere from". His workout buddy Brooks Koepka said he will hit driver on "eight or nine" holes -more than he anticipated before he got here. So when the conditions are nice and dry like this, I can use the whole golf course to my advantage with my length.
"I love the way he makes everything look so easy", Nick Faldo said when he watched McIlroy play in 2007.
In his past two Opens, McIlroy has finished joint fourth and tied for fifth, after winning in 2014, and he comes into this year's tournament on the back of an excellent 2018.
A true British Open champion, in all but one sense of the word.
As part of the build-up to this year's tournament, Van de Velde chose to open up an old wound. McIlroy does not have any kids himself "but hopefully, there's a young amateur this week waiting behind the 18th green on me, and I'm the one that's coming up there and trying to win the tournament".
"I am happier than I have ever been as a person, but there are still plenty of things I want to achieve on the course", he continued.
There was a spell not so long ago when Tiger Woods, in the depths of despair over recurring back problems, felt he would never again grace the fairways of a British Open.
The 147 Open begins Thursday afternoon (Australian eastern time) with television coverage through Fox Sports.