The Open 2018: Tiger Woods aims for major return at Carnoustie links

Patrick Reed in practice

Patrick Reed came fourth at the US Open last month Credit Getty images

"Woods, who returned from his latest back operation at the end of previous year, has blown hot and cold this season but he clearly can not wait to get to grips with Carnoustie for the fourth time in his career". He added that 4- and 5-irons are running out beyond 50 yards; during a practice round Monday, Woods hit his 3-iron 333 yards off the 18th tee. "I'm going to spend a little time trying to get a pace for it".

"No, no I don't have to relearn how to play this style of golf because I have played in so many Open's and so many links courses over my career", he said.

Fox experienced the "Tiger buzz" at his first Open at St Andrews three years ago (a tie for 49th), and in Dubai last year. As the 36-year-old Dougherty entered, he met the 82-year-old Gary Player coming out.

"It has a little more swing to it", Woods said Tuesday.

"But links-style golf you can roll the ball, so distance becomes a moot point".

"To be honest with you, I have struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career", Woods said Tuesday during a news conference at Carnoustie that preceded an afternoon practice round.

"There are maybe three or four holes out there that's one way or another, and that's all going to depend on how I'm hitting certain clubs that day, on how aggressive I want to be". It is, of course, the Open Championship, back again for the 147th year.

"I love playing links golf", he said.

At the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, Woods struggled mightily with the short stick, taking 58 putts after hitting just 16 greens over two days and shot 79-72 to miss the cut. "I think I got to the second round of the matchplay, but it was a lot different conditions to what we're experiencing". It makes the club heavier and gets the ball rolling faster.

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Woods is making his first Open start since 2015. Even when Woods was playing poorly due to injury, the galleries flocked and all the players took note of how he was going. It's just hard to keep the ball in play.

Another player who has given himself plenty of chances on the sport's biggest stage is Dustin Johnson, who also goes in search of a second major victory.

"It is going to be a week where the course will be quick and we are going to have to deal with it".

And after fellow Masters champion, Patrick Reed joked that he would only watch Woods tackle Mickelson if they each put up their own money, Woods responded: "Of course, that is what Patrick would like to see and it would be good of him to put up that money (laughing)".

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

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"I feel like I'm in a position now with every part of my game, I attacked the places that really needed some strong work".

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