Woods ‘should be on links’

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By James Cor­ri­gan GOLF COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Padraig Har­ring­ton has ques­tioned whether Tiger Woods and all the other Open Cham­pi­onship en­trants who are skip­ping straight from ma­jor to ma­jor are “se­ri­ous” about win­ning at Royal Portrush in two weeks’ time.

Har­ring­ton, the Europe Ry­der Cup cap­tain, be­lieves a prepa­ra­tion event is of para­mount im­por­tance and is sur­prised that Woods is not tee­ing it up at ei­ther the Ir­ish Open, that starts at Lahinch to­day, or next week’s Scot­tish Open.

Woods did not play be­tween his vic­tory at the Mas­ters in April and miss­ing the cut at the USPGA and has cho­sen to do the same be­tween last month’s US Open and the UK ma­jor.

“I per­son­ally think if you’re se­ri­ous about win­ning the Open you’ve got to be play­ing tour­na­ment golf at least be­fore it,” Har­ring­ton said.

“You’d rather be play­ing links golf and be­ing in a tour­na­ment than just [play­ing] on your own, so if you’re se­ri­ous about try­ing to win the Open you should be play­ing at least one, if not two, of the events run­ning into it. I was al­ways might­ily im­pressed when Tiger Woods would play in a ma­jor with­out play­ing the week be­fore. I’d be a bas­ket case if I didn’t play the week be­fore.”

Har­ring­ton is joined in the Co Clare field by Spain’s Jon Rahm, Eng­land’s Tommy Fleet­wood, Matt Wal­lace and Ian Poul­ter. Shane Lowry, who won the tour­na­ment 10 years ago as an am­a­teur, must be rated as the best home hope.

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