When asked in a recent interview about whether or not he could win this year’s British Open, Tiger Woods responded with just a single word – “Absolutely”.
“It’s my favourite golf course in the world”, says the former world number one. He also adds that it is difficult to appreciate how much imagination and shot shaping you need to do well at the old course – looking at a photo confirms this, as the home of golf appears to be largely flat and open when viewed from a distance.
Woods seemed relaxed in the interview, which was conducted after a practice session with some young golfers, sponsored by Nike. Along the way, he met a budding young golfer who was present when Tiger Woods won his first open at the Old Course. There, he sat atop father’s shoulders as the then-young legend-in-the-making rolled in his final putt on the 18th. Now 39, Tiger said the experience does make him feel somewhat old. This was evident when Woods talked about his swing changes that he has undergone since having back surgery last year. “You have less time to devote to the game of golf,” he said, in reference to his age and the fact he now spends a lot of time with his children.
Golf now understandably plays second fiddle to his children, but Tiger Woods insists he will continue playing golf for as long as he feels he can win tournaments. That time could be just over the horizon, as Woods looked something like he used to when playing the Greenbrier Classic at the start of July. Each time he has reworked his swing he says, it has yielded benefits in the future, though it will take “A tremendous amount of work”.
Author Eoghan Aston
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