Tiger Woods calls British Open his 'favorite major'
Despite missing the cut at the Greenbrier last week, Tiger Woods says he feels good about his game heading into next week's British Open, which he called his "favorite major."
That's coming from the man himself, as he wrote Friday in a post on his website. Woods wrote about his season since the Memorial, describing the progress of his game, even saying he "didn't play poorly" en route to a MC at the Greenbrier Classic.
More important to Tiger Trackers, though, is Woods's preparation for Lytham. He addressed that, too, primarily focusing on how England's wet summer will impact his chances for a 15th major:
This will be my third visit to Royal Lytham & St. Annes, where I tied for 22nd as an amateur in 1996 and tied for 25th in 2001. I like the golf course, but I know they have made some changes since we played there in '01. I think they lengthened a few holes, so it will play different. Plus in '01, it was pretty dry and firm. They've had a very wet summer, as we saw at Wimbledon, and the golf course is pretty soft.
Weather plays such a huge role in the tournament. It will be interesting to see how the course is set up. It's different, because we're not really on the water -- we're slightly inland...
The time change is easy because I play all over the world. It's getting used to the conditions that week. Each British Open has its own little quirks.
For instance, Hoylake was burnt out; some years at St. Andrews, the wind blew hard; this year, it will be a little bit softer than it normally plays. But we don't know if it's going to rain or blow, so that adds different challenges as the week develops. I'll bring my 5-wood and 2-iron, and decide which club to carry once I get there and feel out the conditions.
Woods missed last year's Open while recovering from knee surgery. This year, with three wins on the season, he's the odds-makers favorite to win the Claret Jug.