Tiger Woods fuelled by Open anger

Aug 05, 2018, 10:43
Tiger Woods fuelled by Open anger

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, perhaps making him the King of Akron instead of that other guy.

"I've had to play well this year and I'm just really excited about being back here and playing the South course".

"It's always been one of my favorite golf courses on the entire Tour and it's unfortunate that it is leaving", Woods said prior to a practice round on Wednesday. "I've done it so many different ways". Three of his eight wins have come by seven strokes or more, and he's three-peated twice.

"I feel like I'm starting to hit the ball a little bit better, a little more crisp", Woods said.

Four-time Major victor McIlroy is hoping history repeats itself as Firestone Country Club plays host for the last time before the tournament moves to Memphis next year.

With his first opening round in red numbers in 13 starts this season, Woods flirted with his first unblemished card since 2015. "I mean honestly we couldn't have got it easier this morning, no wind, very soft - you had to hit very poor shots to get it off line or to miss greens. I've always had such great memories of this golf course".

Rory McIlroy is coming off a runner-up finish in the British Open.

"I said it was going to sting for a while and it certainly does because I had a great chance at it", Woods, whose last major title came in the 2008 US Open, said.

The 14-time Major champion feels he is in good shape and ready to win again after recovering from a long-term injury. "Tiger has proved that with here, with Bay Hill, with Torrey Pines, with. well, actually, anywhere".

"The way I made a couple mistakes there at 11 and 12 ended up costing me a chance of winning the tournament".

Rose, who was due to play alongside Ryder Cup teammate Henrik Stenson over the first two rounds, has not yet confirmed whether he will be fit to play at the PGA Championship next week. He could probably take two, three weeks off and he s going to get it around here fine, because he knows how to. He has not been eligible for a WGC until he slipped into the top 50 in the world with his tie for sixth two weeks ago at The Open.

The birdie putt pulled up inches short and Woods finally paid for some wayward driving when he was unable to scramble par on his final hole after finding a fairway bunker off the tee. "So he's going to be very, very comfortable here".