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

Annette Crawford
July 17, 2018

"I remember my dad on the range with me saying, 'Are you ever going to hit the ball past the 100 yard sign?" "Are you kidding me?"

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Woods has not played at the Open since 2015 and has not won a major for 10 years but believes this tournament could offer him the best opportunity to add to his tally of 14.

It was a new experience for the then-U.S. So was trying to win a closest-to-the-pin wager with his dad on the eighth hole. And I said, 'No, I'm just enjoying this. "I would like to see him put up that money". Those little moments like that - that was my introduction to links golf.

Of course, in 2000 at St. Andrews, Woods won.

Either way, it likely boils down to putting for Woods, who gained a measure of confidence on the greens at the Quicken Loans, where he tied for fourth.

The victor of this year's Masters wants more, and he wants it this week in the form of a Claret Jug to go alongside the green jacket he won in April.

Woods, of course, is now back on a regular schedule, making his 12th start of the PGA TOUR season this week.

'As far as long-term certainly I would say "yes" because of the fact you don't have to be long to play on a links-style golf course, ' he added. You know a wonderful shot down the middle of the fairway could bounce some weird way. That's just part of it.

Reed called the "best thing" about winning the Masters "is that I get to go back every year now". "I feel very confident with the way I'm rolling the golf ball, but the greens were a little bit slower yesterday and I'm sure they'll be a little bit slower today with a bit of moisture". A couple of days ago, the fairways were faster than the greens! "You can really make the ball roll 60, 70, 80 yards". "Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance".

"It is going to be an interesting test of how we are going to manage our way around the course".

Course management and creativity give Tiger hope that he'll be an Open contender for at least another decade, perhaps longer. Just look at what Tom Watson did at Turnberry at the age of 59. But he realizes at some point that his power will drop off.

'You get to places like Augusta where it is just a big ball park and the golf course outgrows you unfortunately. "That's just the way it goes".

"On some of the holes you can fly the bunkers and again, it is one of those risk and reward golf courses given the way it is set-up right now as the fairways are going to play awfully narrow as it is playing so fast".

He then traveled north, came to the golf course late in the afternoon and got in an abbreviated practice round of eight holes, teeing off at No. 1 and playing the first four holes before jumping over to the 15th and playing back to the clubhouse.

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