Woods says British Open has become best shot at a major

Woods says British Open has become best shot at a major

Woods says British Open has become best shot at a major

"As far as the long-term, certainly I would say yes (it offers the best chance of winning another major)". Woods, determined to stay on the short grass and out of the fairway bunkers, hit only one driver all week - a first round snap-hook off the 16th - to beat the others with a Ben Hogan-like display from the tee and into the greens with the middle irons. Look at what Tom (Watson) did at Turnberry at 59. McIlroy has found some form this season and managed to play in the final group at the Masters earlier this year.

"But you're just wanting to get it low and get it running". That's just the way it goes.

"Distance becomes a moot point on a links golf course".

"There are 5,000 different ways for me to play these holes out here, but for me it was pretty clear-cut on how to play each hole". And there's something about links golf that inspires him. He missed the tournament in 2008 and 2011 and again in each of the past two years due to back problems.

Tiger Woods of the U.S. during practice. The 14-time major victor is excited for his fourth time playing at Carnoustie.

"What people don't realise from watching on TV is the difference in landing your ball on a downslope compared to playing into an upslope and how many yards that can mean in a shot. I have not won one since but I am trying my best". "Hopefully I can find a way plenty more times before I finish".

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In a news conference Tuesday at host course Carnoustie in Scotland, Woods said the fairways are faster than the greens. I hit them nice and high.

"Each tournament I keep coming back to, I keep feeling a little bit better because I'm starting to play some golf again". I've hit 3-wood, 3-iron, and 4-iron off the tee, " Johnson said. That's just going to come with a little bit more experience and I think that I've made a few adjustments. "The mallet putter has grooves in it so it does roll initially a little bit faster and a little bit more true".

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.

Woods didn't touch his driver during the last three rounds in 2006. From my first time coming here as an amateur to being back now, it's just wonderful how this course doesn't change. I just can't wait for the week to get started.

"I hadn't been able to do that before". "I suspect he couldn't play that way now". Two or three smooth swings and a couple of putts - he could even afford a double-bogey six - would achieve his lifelong ambition and make him only the second Frenchman ever to win golf's oldest major after Arnaud Massey in 1907. Are you kidding me? "Creativity plays such an important role".

"I feel like I'm putting it well and rolling it good".

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