The Open: Woods out late on day one at Carnoustie

Annette Crawford
July 16, 2018

Heightened security around the 147th Open Championship in Carnoustie did little to dampen the enthusiasm of golf fans and staff, as practice rounds for the tournament began on Sunday.

"I have missed not playing The Open in a while because this is our oldest tournament", Woods said.

"I've been an overseas member of the Carnoustie Golf Club since 1978, and over the years I've brought many clients to Carnoustie, from as far away as Japan", he said.

Padraig Harrington will take time to "smell the roses" as he returns to the scene of his first major title in this week's Open Championship at Carnoustie. "The first time I played it, I started off really well and thought I was on fire going round, and all of a sudden it just went all wrong and I didn't recover from it". It is right in front of you.

"Right now the fairways are faster than the greens".

The last of his three Open victories came in similar circumstances at Hoylake in 2006, where he famously used his driver just once all week.

"No, no I don't have to relearn how to play this style of golf because I have played in so many Open's and so many links courses over my career", he said.

"I've played the course myself, and it's a tough one". That's what is going to be important, how hot you want the ball coming into the fairways. Some of the holes, can you carry bunkers?

"It is going to be a week where the course will be quick and we are going to have to deal with it".

For the first time, Woods commented on the proposed $10 million, winner-take-all match with Phil Mickelson that has previously been reported but not yet finalized.

"Things have been building up for a while now, and we have had a lot of workers coming in for food and refreshments, as we open up for breakfast at 6am". "It's not there yet, but certainly we are working on it and trying to make it happen". As the field assembled for the 147th Open Championship here, that facade came crashing down as a video emerged of the 14-time major victor telling his rivals "if you get intimidated by me that's your own f-- issue".

"Well of course that's what he would like to see", Woods said.

When this point was put to him on Sunday, a laughing Woods replied: "Of course, that is what Patrick would like to see and it would be good of him to put up that money".

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