Woods feared British Open visits were a thing of the past

Danny Woods
July 19, 2018

Carnoustie - or "Carnasty" as it's been affectionately dubbed - has hosted two of the four highest scoring Open Championships since World War Two, with Gary Player winning with a score of 289 in 1968 and Paul Lowrie claiming the Claret Jug with a cumulative score of 290 in 1999.

McIlroy made his Open Championship debut here 11 years ago. McIlroy shot a 68 on the first day, one better than Tiger Woods, and won the Silver Medal for the leading amateur at the end of the week.

"I just think as you get a little older, you get a little more cautious in life".

Day has arrived for his latest Open tilt in a far more positive headspace than previous year, when the burdens of holding down the top ranking - then losing it - and his mother's cancer scare weighed him down at Birkdale.

"There's not going to be one player in this field that has a game plan on Wednesday night and is going to stick to that game plan the whole way around for 72 holes, " McIlroy said.

"That's the plan this week - be a little more assertive with my speed and I feel if I do that I can hole some putts. If you can keep speed on the ball and not mind if it maybe goes three feet past and it holds its line on these greens it has a better chance of going in".

More news: Arizona earns hosting duties for 2024 Final Four

"It's going to be really interesting, I think, because the golf course is playing so firm and fast, there's some guys that will see it completely different than the way I see it and vice versa. So I think that's one of the reasons why you see them hanging around with each other all the time".

Woods also praised the links-style golf of Carnoustie and the British Open, saying it's his favourite type of golf to play. He seems intent on hitting irons short of trouble, and then trying to control iron shots from there.

Herbert, one of Australian golf's most exciting and colourful young talents, said he doubted if Woods would have remembered him. "The bunkers here are truly a water hazard".

Next month, Thomas defends his PGA Championship title at Bellerive.

Alex Noren - The Swedish star came in tied for sixth at last year's Open at Royal Birkdale and enters the week in fantastic form. I was on a nice run from 2011-14.

The man who dominated the past until personal and physical problems intervened to bring that to a juddering halt is back at the Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015. "And I found a way to get it done four times, and hopefully I find a way to get it done a few more times before I'm finished". Spieth, who will try to become the fifth player in the last 50 years to win back-to-back in the British Open, plays in the morning side of the draw. "I'll give it a good go this week". "It's going to help me on these greens, for sure, because normally when I've come over here and virtually nearly every single Open I've played in, I would put lead tape on my putters to try and get it a little bit heavier and get the ball rolling".

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

Discuss This Article