Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Open Championship: 9 Favorites to Watch at Carnoustie

Open Championship: 9 Favorites to Watch at Carnoustie

Woods said Monday that he hit a 3-iron off the 18th tee that went 333 yards. His dad Earl eventually spoke up, asking if Tiger was ever planning to hit a ball past the sign. And I said, 'No, I'm just enjoying this. "This is the best".

Day has arrived for his latest Open tilt in a far more positive headspace than a year ago, when the burdens of holding down the top ranking - then losing it - and his mother's cancer scare weighed him down at Birkdale. It brought a smile to his face, as recalling the days of innocence often do.

"I grew up in Southern California where it's kikuyu grass; nothing rolls". So was trying to win a closest-to-the-pin wager with his dad on the eighth hole. "I feel good about the game", he said as he targets the $1.89 million first prize.

"Just stick to my processes, hit the shots I want to hit and execute as well as I can and see where that leaves us".

"So distance becomes a moot point on a links style golf course". Carnoustie and St. Andrews.

"He (Woods) was there at 12.40 maybe, on his own".

"It has a little more swing to it", Woods said Tuesday. And I think that I remember back to when we last played the Open here and I was just happy to be here.

The 29-year-old Fowler has twice finished in the British Open's top-five without managing to secure a breakthrough major victory.

After top-10 finishes in Ireland and Scotland, New Zealand's top-ranked golfer Ryan Fox is excited to attack Carnoustie for the Open Championship.

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But over time, he thinks it might be his best chance because of history. I had never played links golf.

Speaking of prices, that's how we're going to take a look at this, as we always do. You know, a certain shot that is hit you think is a wonderful shot down the middle of the fairway could bounce some weird way. That's just part of it. 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.

With Day claiming Carnoustie's "fairways are faster than the greens" after a summer without rain, the Australian No.1 said he was likely to copy Woods' blueprint. "He's a marvellous putter and he hits the ball pretty straight". "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".

Open courses generally offer slower putting surfaces than regular PGA Tour venues. McIlroy has found some form this season and managed to play in the final group at the Masters earlier this year.

This was not a case of a 42-year-old needing his rest. But he realizes at some point that his power will drop off.

"You get to places like Augusta National where it's just a big ballpark and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately".

"The way the golf course is set at the moment, as the conditions are, anybody who plays in this tournament could win", remarked Gary Player, the South African, now aged 82, who won here in 1968.

That necessary creativity and course unpredictability both play into Woods' hands against younger, sharper players.

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