Expert picks for The Open Championship

Woods says British Open has become best shot at a major

Woods says British Open has become best shot at a major

"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 his creeping age and major back surgeries. The man caddying for him that week, Gordon Faulkner, said at the time McIlroy was so clear in his thinking that he was "about 15 years ahead of where he should be when it comes to the mental side of golf".

There's lots of golf to be played before that might happen, of course, but it's probably not wise to sell McIlroy's chances short. After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, McIlroy - who is ranked eighth in the world - was fifth at the Masters and second at the BMW PGA Championship, but he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and tied for 28th two weeks ago at the Irish Open. He's a little more prepared with his game and a little less frenetic in his life after a busy 2017 that saw him get married, win his first tournament, be a part of the worldwide team at the Presidents Cup and alter his schedule after rising up the world rankings.

"When we last played The Open here I was just happy to be here".

After outlining his plan to grab Carnoustie by the scruff of the neck and blast his way up the leaderboard at The Open this week, Rory McIlroy looked to be enduring a frustrating final practice on the eve of golf's most prestigious tournament. He didn't contend on the back nine in the previous Opens at Carnoustie, in 1999 and 2007, though he wasn't far from a playoff. "He grabbed a lofted club, which shocked me", Oberholser says, "slipped under it and lofted it on to the green and rolled it up there to about a foot". To understand why, maybe it's best not to think of this as a sports debate, but instead like a discussion of fashion or romance: you have to make the choices that are right for you. "You get to places like Augusta National, where it's just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately".

"There's just not a lot of opportunities to hit driver, because the ball is going to be rolling 80 yards".

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The favoured one is Marc Leishman, the 33-year-old from Warrnambool on Victoria's west coast who grew up playing golf in the wind, and who has shown a penchant for playing the links.

Woods has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and although he has the links golf experience, it would be a remarkable story were he to win. This is a tournament on the European tour is played over three Scottish courses including Carnoustie. It's how far it travels once it gets on the baked turf.

Dustin Johnson discovered that when he arrived on Saturday and reached the 499-yard 18th hole, with a stiff breeze at his back and fairways running only slightly slower than they did on the weekend at Shinnecock Hills. Had he hit a driver, he would have risked the ball rolling into the water (known as the Barry Burn) that fronts the green.

"I was on a nice run there from 2011 to 2014, " he said. "I like all of them".

With the wind at his back on the 513-yard 14th hole, Johnson hit 3-iron and wedge. "I look back at those pictures", he said, "and the more I can be like that kid, the better". Unlike previous editions at Carnoustie, this week's dry conditions will promote more aggressive play off the tee and the victor will defy the norm and power his way to victory. All of this and more for the 147th Open Championship.

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