Sunday 16 December 2018

'I hit a three iron 333 yards on Monday' - Tiger Woods explains dry conditions will alter his Carnoustie approach

USA's Tiger Woods during a press conference on preview day three of The Open Championship 2018 at Carnoustie
USA's Tiger Woods during a press conference on preview day three of The Open Championship 2018 at Carnoustie Newsdesk Newsdesk

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods believes the hard and fast condition of Carnoustie means he could repeat his tactics of 2006 when he last won the Open.

The former world number one famously hit just one driver when winning the last of his three Claret Jugs at Royal Liverpool.

A hot, dry spell has left the Scottish links in a burnt and baked state similar to Hoylake and although the weather is slightly different to 12 years ago - there was some rain on Monday night - Woods admits he could employ similar tactics.

"It could be that way. I'm not going to hit that many long clubs off many tees. I hit a three iron on Monday down 18 which went 333 (yards)," he said.

"There are not a lot of opportunities to hit the driver because the ball will be rolling 80 yards so it will be hard to keep the ball in play: even hitting four and five irons are running 50 to 60 yards.

"The idea of these practice rounds is to get a feel of what I'm going to do. It can get quick out here - you are going to seeing a lot of guys hit the ball a long way with not a lot of club."

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.

"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 get to places like Augusta where it is just a big ball park and the golf course outgrows you unfortunately. A links-style golf course you can just roll the ball.

"Distance becomes a moot point on a links golf course. Creativity plays such an important role."

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