CARNOUSTIE – Tiger Woods says the British Open is possibly the best chance of him winning another major championship, and with some “cleaner golf” this might be the week he breaks his decade-plus major drought.
Woods said the Open represents a less emphasis on power and this is a good for a player entering their middle age.
“You don’t have to be long to play at a links course,” said the 42-year-old, whose swing speed is still among the fastest on tour, despite getting older and going through major back surgeries, he added, “As far as the long-term, certainly I would say yes (it offers the best chance of winning another major).”
Woods is aware that his time is running out as the younger generation has dominated the game for the past few years, “The guys who have done well have been wonderful feel players and also wonderful lag putters,” he said, citing Tom Watson, who nearly won the Open at age 59 in 2009, and Greg Norman, who contended at Birkdale the year before at 53.
“It (winning in your 50s) certainly can be done.
“You get to places like Augusta National (site of the Masters) and it’s just a big ballpark and the course outgrows you, unfortunately.
“But links-style golf you can roll the ball, so distance becomes a moot point. Creativity plays such an important role.”
Speaking on his game plan coming into the Open he said, “I’m not going to hit many long clubs off the tees,” he said.
“There’s just not a lot of opportunities to hit driver, because the ball is going to be rolling 80 yards. It’s just hard to keep the ball in play, even something hitting four- and five-irons.”
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