Tiger's huge call on winning British Open

Ruben Hill
July 19, 2018

He has all the skill to win a major and could break through this week at Carnoustie.

Herbert, the 22-year-old from Bendigo in central Victoria who is one of Australia's most promising young professionals, practised with Woods at Carnoustie on Tuesday.

There is also the hair.

"Prepare the way I normally do and go out and play and see what happens". "We live and we learn".

"As much as you don't like getting up at 4:20am, you can go back and get your feet up".

Now, as the 147th Open is set to begin on the same links, McIlroy sees a far different testing awaiting after a dry, warm British summer.

"The amount of gorse bushes they've taken away from this golf course since 2007. the fairways are not generous, but you've got another 5 or 10 yards on each side where it's OK, " McIlroy said. He qualified for the Open Championship through results in Asia previous year.

"There's not going to be one player in this field that has a game plan on Wednesday night and is going to stick to that game plan the whole way around for 72 holes, " McIlroy said. You start to feel a little bit more comfortable with a few shots, and you might start to take some on.

"It's unbelievable, you look at the last couple of weeks over here playing - the guys that have played in Ireland and then Scotland - and you plan to play the golf course a certain way, but you see guys on Saturdays and Sundays taking way more drivers, way more risks because they've played the course a couple more times, and they weighed it up and think this is worth it". And I think that's a big part of it. He just hit his tee shot at the par-3 16th wide right into fescue.

"At that point I'd only ever heard one player make that sound with their irons: Tiger Woods". He seems intent on hitting irons short of trouble, and then trying to control iron shots from there.

"I enjoy this type of golf because it is creative", he said. "The bunkers here are truly a water hazard". That kind of leads you to work a little bit harder, even if it's just an extra half an hour putting and an extra half an hour hitting balls.

Next month, Thomas defends his PGA Championship title at Bellerive. Spieth, who will try to become the fifth player in the last 50 years to win back-to-back in the British Open, plays in the morning side of the draw.

And he comes into The Open in decent, but not great, form.

The 34-year-old has now finished in the top 10 on eight occasions this season, including wins at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but has been a disappointment in recent appearances at The Open, finishing a distant 54th last year, and no better than 32nd in three of the past five years.

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