Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Woods feared British Open visits were a thing of the past

Woods feared British Open visits were a thing of the past

He made his links debut at Carnoustie in 1995 as an amateur at the Scottish Open, a week before his British Open debut at St. Andrews.

Changes to ticket policies, as well as a tightening of security in recent years, means both visitors and local residents are facing more restrictions than they did the last time Carnoustie hosted the Open in 2007.

Might this be his best shot at winning another major? "Not to be smart, but it is the next major I'm playing", said the 42-year-old, before taking matters more seriously.

But over time, he thinks it might be his best chance because of history.

"Greg (Norman) was there at Birkdale, I think about 54-ish, somewhere around there, 53, 54".

The 2018 British Open, also known as the Open Championship, brings the top golfers from the PGA and European Tour together for a highly-competitive tournament that features tough course conditions and unpredictable weather.

"It's going to favor a patient one for sure because even if you play this golf course aggressively, you're going to have ups and downs during the week", Rose said. That's just the way it goes. "Distance becomes a moot point".

The Carnoustie course is the wildcard, several degrees of difficulty up from Ballyliffin and Gullane and bone dry amid a summer drought.

On Sunday, Woods played the par-4 fourth hole by hitting a 7-iron off the tee to avoid well-positioned bunkers. My feels are much better than they were at the beginning of the year and I feel like I have a better understanding of my game and my body and my swing. "I like all of them".

"If we never had a bad lie", wrote the Scottish architect Alister MacKenzie, "we are not likely to appreciate a good one, and moreover, the ability to play from a bad lie differentiates between a good player and a bad one". For the week, Woods hit just a single driver, choosing to play irons off the tees for positioning and wearing out the field with some incredible iron play to the greens.

Johnson figures he'll hit driver on half of the holes. "We've seen winners of this championship come out of the blue before".

After holding off a final-round charge from Jordan Spieth and a late rally from Rickie Fowler, Reed held his nerve to win the Masters and impressed with a fourth-place finish at the US Open.

For Fox, staying fresh has been the key, as he played just 27 practice holes at Carnoustie. "It's going to be an interesting test to see which clubs we're going to be using off the tees, and a lot of it is dependent on which way the wind blows". "As far as the long-term, certainly I would say yes (it offers the best chance of winning another major)".

"It's more about getting the feel", he said.

"To have the opportunity to come back to play here in Scotland again, I've said this before throughout this year, it's been a blessing".

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