Open championship Golf: Tiger Woods looking forward to ‘favourite major’
TIGER WOODS is looking forward to what he calls “my favourite major championship” – one which he hopes will finally take him closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record. Woods is expected to arrive at Royal Lytham sometime this weekend ahead of The Open starting on Thursday.
Before flying from America he wrote his first website blog for three months and reminded his fans why he is such a fan of links golf. “You can have so many different weather conditions. You just don’t know,” Woods said.
“That’s one of the unique things about the British Open and why it’s my favourite major championship.”
Woods has not added to his 14 majors since the 2008 US Open and so remains four behind Nicklaus. He is returning now, however, to a course where he does have a share of a record. Back in 1996 and only 20 at the time, he shot a three under par total of 281 that matches Englishman’s Iain Pyman best total by an amateur in Open history. It has still to be bettered.
Woods, who missed last year’s event at Sandwich through injury, returns now having had four victories in the last eight months.
The most recent, however, was followed by a missed cut at the Greenbrier Classic just over a week ago, but that failure has not dented his confidence too much.
“I didn’t play poorly,” Woods wrote. “Now I’m focused on the British Open. This will be my third visit to Royal Lytham and St Annes, where I tied for 22nd in 1996 and tied for 25th in 2001.
“I like the golf course, but I know they have made some changes since we played there. I think they lengthened a few holes, so it will play different. Plus in 2001 it was pretty dry and firm.
“They’ve had a very wet summer, as we saw at Wimbledon, and the golf course is pretty soft. Weather plays such a huge role in the tournament. It will be interesting to see how the course is set up.
“Each British Open has its own little quirks.
“For instance, Hoylake was burnt out, some years at St Andrews the wind blew hard, this year it will be a little bit softer than it normally plays.
“But we don’t know if it’s going to rain or blow, so that adds different challenges as the week develops.
“I’ll bring my 5-wood and 2-iron and decide which club to carry once I get there and feel out the conditions.”
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Weather for Edinburgh
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Temperature: 7 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
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Wind Speed: 23 mph
Wind direction: West