Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

British Open: Tiger Woods says Masters 'took a lot out' of him

British Open: Tiger Woods says Masters 'took a lot out' of him

I went on a two-week holiday to Thailand straight after the US Open with my mum and the kids, and I did not touch a golf club. Connelly's father is Canadian and his mother American, so the young golfer carries dual-citizenship.

That was his last outing, but Rose got to Portrush a week ahead of the tournament and has been picking the brains of a former Open champion and Northern Ireland native Darren Clarke.

"But you've still got a lot of Europeans and people from all over the world". "You either like me or you don't, that's life in general".

"I'm not expecting to do that at Portrush (but) it might be a case of like Carnoustie previous year where I (arrive) thinking I'm only going to hit three or four drivers during the round but in actual fact it could be more like seven or eight, or nine or 10". Turns out, Monday's hard work was paying off as the pair had discovered something of a swing revelation. That's 17 shots better than any other player.

Hey, friendships go away when major championships are on the line.

That now seems a lot longer than three months ago.

The four-time major champion has not lifted one of golf s big four trophies since winning the 2014 US PGA Championship, but is the bookmakers favourite to get his hands on the Claret Jug after finishing tied for second a year ago at Carnoustie, two strokes behind Francesco Molinari.

"Every hole I just step up on, (I say) 'You tell me what to do, you've played it more than anybody.' So just let him figure it out".

"The golf course is really, really good".

Such is four-times major victor Koepka's belief that caddie Ricky Elliott can give him valuable "inside info" on the course that he even ignored a practice round invitation from Tiger Woods.

But golf can be a cruel game.

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In light of this, McGinley's misgivings are eminently understandable, particularly because of the four back operations Woods has undergone in the past three years. The miss right was back with a vengeance.

"I think it has been instrumental in preparing for the British Open, not only for getting adjusted for the time, but also getting used to playing links golf", he said in 2002 in Ireland, where he won a World Golf Championship.

"They've always enjoyed playing this golf course, and I can understand why". "We just figured that out today".

"I want somebody that's not going to be so focused all the time". What Connelly lost in sleep, he gained in positivity, as he had good conversation with the jubilant first-time PGA Tour victor on the trip over.

"Did I ever think the Open would come to Portrush?"

What a difference a day makes.

Woods, who has never played Portrush, said he had tried to set up a practice round with Brooks but got nowhere.

Woods will play professionally in Northern Ireland for the first time as he seeks a 16th major to close on Jack Nicklaus s record of 18.

Tiger Woods, the one who edged Koepka to win this year's Masters, came to Northern Ireland looking for a little local knowledge.

World number one Brooks Koepka, who has finished second, first and second in the year's Majors to date, starts at 1:04pm in the same group as 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen and India's Shubhankar Sharma. Woods group tees off at 10:10 a.m. ET Thursday and 5:09 a.m. ET Friday. The test measures the characteristics of the driver face, including rebound effect, to make sure it is within the rules.

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