Tiger Woods is ready for a different type of challenge at the Open Championship, with the course at Carnoustie parched by a long spell of dry weather.
The 14-time Major winner has won the Claret Jug on three occasions, with the last of those three triumphs coming back in 2006 at Hoylake, where conditions were similar to those which could face the field this time around.
“I’m sure this will be one of those weeks where the fairways are a little quicker than the greens.” Tiger Woods
And Woods, who finished tied for 32nd place at the Masters earlier this year before missing the cut at the US Open, is excited about the test that awaits the players later this week.
He told reporters: “I am sure they will probably speed the greens up a touch, but I’m sure this will be one of those weeks where the fairways are a little quicker than the greens.
“It is a risk-reward golf course and the way it is set up right now, it is going to play very narrow because it is so fast.
“We don’t get a chance to see it quite this firm very often, it was like this in 2000 and like this at Hoylake, but we don’t really see the fairways this quick. It’s different and will be a lot of fun.”
The last time Carnoustie hosted the Open Championship, back in 2008, Padraig Harrington claimed victory following a play-off, with the Irishman becoming the last man to retain the Claret Jug by also winning at Royal Birkdale 12 months later.
Woods is currently priced at 25/1 to win the Open Championship at Carnoustie, with world number one Dustin Johnson 12/1 and Scottish Open winner Brandon Stone 200/1.
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