Tiger Woods is confident that he can make an impact at the upcoming Open Championship in Carnoustie, having impressed during last month’s Quicken Loans National. Woods has won the Open Championship on three occasions over the course of his glittering career, last winning at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 2006.
If there were ever proof that Tiger Woods is back to his former best, his performance at the Quicken Loans National was pretty convincing. Tiger finished T4 on -11 to mark his fourth Top 10 finish of 2018, but perhaps the most significant factor in Tiger’s performance was his 21-birdie count – the same number of birdies as winner Francesco Molinari. Granted Tigers card was cluttered with bogeys, but the 42-year-old appeared far more comfortable on the greens than he has at other events this year.
“It feels good, even my bad putts still had the ‘go in’ look,” said Woods
“That’s something that I haven’t had. When I was struggling there for a little bit, I couldn’t even cheer for my good ones. But I’m starting to hit some putts. I’m starting to make those putts you’re supposed to make from 10, 15 feet, but I’m also making some from outside 20.
“I haven’t done that for the better part of two months, so that was nice to make over 100 feet of putts twice this week. That’s a positive sign. I’m seeing the lines again, I’m rolling the ball on my line, I’ve got the speed and I really like the swing of this putter.
“The putts I missed, I hit a lot of good ones, which I don’t mind because I hadn’t been doing that for a while, so this was nice.”
Tiger now has his sights set on ending his 10-year wait for another major title; his most recent coming at the U.S. Open in 2008. Woods has never won at Carnoustie, finishing T7 at the Scottish Links in 1997 and 12th in 2007.
“Carnoustie is an unbelievable driving golf course, you have to drive the ball well there, but it’s a lot of different angles, so a lot of different crosswinds.” he added.