Dunne best of Irish at Carnoustie

Rory Mc Ilroy of Northern Ireland lines up a shot on a practice round during previews ahead of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club

Woods says British Open has become best shot at a major

Woods, 42, is a three-time victor of the Claret Jug and he believes that the unique conditions of links golf could offer him his best chance to add to his haul.

Carnoustie Golf Links is one of the oldest golf locales on the planet, with some version of the game being played on the site all the way back in the 16th century. It's a hard green to hold as it runs off at the back and it has two bunkers.

Course strategy has been at the forefront of early Open week discussion. Weather conditions are typically the reason.

"It's still a major championship with the best players in the world and a really tough golf course".

"It's my favorite type of golf to play, " Woods said.

"Everything is going just a little bit better".

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Already, there are numerous stories about how far the ball is rolling down fairways. Those ancient golfers would play through the same wind, rain and gorse as today, if not necessarily the same on-course challenges: pot bunkers deep enough to shelter a family, and winding burns (waterways) created to snare wayward, rolling shots. "I feel a bit more comfortable on this stage than I have in previous years, which is nice". That club, one he normally hits 180 yards, saw the ball roll out to 215 yards. This is the best.' So I spent probably about close to two hours on the range just hitting balls before I even went and played because I thought it was just the best, seeing the ball bounce and being creative and using my mind.

Even during practice, Tiger Woods draws the punters and is expected to attract the largest galleries when the Open Championship starts at Carnoustie. But creativity plays such an important role, and you've got guys like Tom playing late in his career, doing well.

It wasn't quite a lament for lost youth, but in recalling the last Open to be played at Carnoustie, when he won the 2007 silver medal for leading amateur, he repeatedly gave the impression that he wished he could be more like that shaggy-haired 18-year-old again.

Either way, it likely boils down to putting for Woods, who gained a measure of confidence on the greens at the Quicken Loans, where he tied for fourth. Just, "This is where I want to hit it". "I'm going to spend a little time trying to get a pace for it".

"He (Woods) was there at 12.40 maybe, on his own". He has three top-5 finishes and five in the top 12 but has finished within 5 strokes of the victor just once - his runner-up finish to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship.

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