Tiger Woods looking to repeat Open-winning tactics of 2006 at Carnoustie

Ruben Hill
July 17, 2018

As he stood on the range for the first time that week, he saw a 100-meter sign ... and took dead aim. I'm not going to hit that many long clubs off many tees. "And I was just like, 'Wow, I just hit a drive over 300 yards.' And now I'm hitting 2-irons over 360".

"No, I'm just enjoying this", replied Tiger.

"This will be my fourth time playing The Open at Carnoustie and looking back when I first came here as an amateur (1999) compared to now it is just incredible the golf course has not really changed that much". It brought a smile to his face, as recalling the days of innocence often do.

It is the first time Woods will have contested an Open Championship since missing the halfway cut in the 2015 Open at St Andrews while it will be the fourth occasion he has teed-up in a Carnoustie Open.

It was a new experience for the then-U.S.

"It's more about getting the feel", he said. "You see I'm just telling the story now". He says he has a special affinity with links courses.

Woods finished joint seventh in 1999 and in a tie for 12th in 2007 on his other visits to The Open at Carnoustie.

Johnson remains the No. 1-ranked player in the world, but has one top-10 finish in his last five Opens.

Open courses generally offer slower putting surfaces than regular PGA Tour venues. Sergio's got that elusive first major already, but there's always time for him to win the one he seems destined to take down one day. "I enjoy this type of golf because it is creative".

"You are not going to get the ideal bounces and that is part of it". You know a wonderful shot down the middle of the fairway could bounce some weird way. That's just part of it. And I think that's the fun challenge of it.

But when asked whether the Open - played on links courses - was his best chance for more silverware, he said: "Yes, because you don't have to be long to play on a links golf course". Woods reiterated that golf balls are rolling faster on fairways than they are on the greens. He added that 4- and 5-irons are running out beyond 50 yards; during a practice round Monday, Woods hit his 3-iron 333 yards off the 18th tee.

"Going to be a real interesting test in how we're going to manage our way around the golf course", he said.

Course management and creativity give Tiger hope that he'll be an Open contender for at least another decade, perhaps longer.

The three-time victor of the Claret Jug added: "Look what Tom Watson did at Turnberry in 2009 at the age of 59".

This was not a case of a 42-year-old needing his rest.

"You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately", Woods added. And it is a little bit hotter. "It's going to favor a patient [player] for sure, because even if you play this golf course aggressively, you're going to have ups and downs during the week. Distance becomes a moot point".

"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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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