Bri­tish Open: a new golf course, a new Tiger Woods

The Covington News - - WORLD -

HOYLAKE, Eng­land (AP) — Tiger Woods was an hour into his prac­tice round Tues­day at the Bri­tish Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a for­eign ob­ject in his hand.

In golf ver­nac­u­lar, it’s called a driver.

Woods smashed it into the wind on the 528-yard hole and didn’t need to watch where it landed to re­al­ize it was in the mid­dle of the fair­way. Later in the round, he hit an­other driver off the tee. That’s twice as many than he hit over 72 holes when he won at Royal Liver­pool eight years ago.

“This is a dif­fer­ent golf course when what we played in ‘06,” Woods said. “It was hot, ball was fly­ing. It was very dusty. Now we’re mak­ing ball marks on the greens, which we weren’t do­ing thn.”

So much has changed in so many ar­eas.

Royal Liver­pool, green and thick this time around, is still a firm and bouncy test of links golf. But it’s noth­ing as it was in 2006, when the fair­ways were so baked and brown that Woods hit only one driver in four rounds. That was on the 16th hole of the first round, and the ball wound up in the 17th fair­way. He still made birdie.

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