& # 039; Not so sharp & # 039; Forests that play light to extend their career

Posted by on July 16, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

Woods won the last of his three Open Championship titles at Hoylake in 2006 The 148th Open Championship, Royal PortrushDates: 18-21 JulyCoverage: live text updates and in-play clips on the BBC Sport website, with live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and daily highlights on BBC Two.Full details

Tiger Woods is "not as sharp" as he would like to be for this week's Open Championship, but says a light schedule is essential to prolong his career.

The 43-year-old-played only three tournaments – two of them majors – since he won the Masters in April.

Woods, who ended 11 years of drought at Augusta, plays less golf to relieve pressure on his back

"You have to understand that if I play a lot, I won't be here that long will be, "said the 15-fold champion.

"The tricky thing is trying to determine how much tournament game I need to get the feel for the shots and also to understand where my body is."

[1 9459003] Woods underwent spinal fusion operations in 2017 to try and recover from long-lasting back problems.

Victory in Augusta saw Woods win a fifth Green Jacket, 22 years after his first, but the American, who has climbed back to fifth place in the world ranking, added: "To get myself in position to to win the Masters, I took a lot out of me. That golf course puts so much pressure on the system.

"It was a very emotional week. It's hard to believe I made it. "

Changes to the big schedule now also mean a more condensed program for the best golfers in the world, with the US PGA Championship this year from August to May, this Open Championship is being played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, the last major of 2019.

"Last year I played too much, I played 17 events and many tried to qualify for certain events," Woods added

"This year I deliberately tried to shorten my schedule to make sure I don't play too much."

Woods impressed by location in Portrush

However, the triple Open winner feels the nature of the left wave means there will be more chances for older players to challenge this week.

"Allows players who don't touch or carry the ball very far ba "So far for the golf ball to run there," said Woods. "There is an art of playing golf on the left.

" The more I have played here and played under different circumstances, am able to shape the golf ball in both directions and really control the course, it gives you control the ball on the ground. "

Former Open champion Clarke plays new 7th hole in Portrush

This is the first time Woods has played the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush and he was surprised that The Open had not been staged at the venue for 68 years – when the club organized the only other championship to be held outside of England and Scotland in 1951.

"It is amazing that it has been so long," he added.

"It's such a great location, everyone who played it, whether it's boys who grew up here or people who came here and just played, they always enjoyed it

"I can understand why. It is easy. It is a bit tricky here and there, but overall it is just a beautiful links golf course. "

Woods calls Koepka for help – does not get an answer

Woods said he had to do a lot of homework before he hit the track, and admits that work still needs to be done before the game gets going on Thursday – he jerks off at 3:10 PM BST.

"It's not as sharp as I would like. Now I have it," he said. But my touch around the greens is exactly where I need it.

"I still need to get the shape of the golf ball a bit better, especially with the weather coming in and the wind will change."

He looked at fellow countryman Brooks Koepka for a favor and what knowledge – with the world number one & # 39; s caddy Ricky Elliott growing up within a mile of Portrush

"I text & # 39; at Brooksie," congratulations on another great finish, "said Woods about Koepka & # 39; s second place at the US Open.

"What he did in the last four major championships was just incredible, to be so consistent, so solid that he was in the race to win every major championship.

" Me said: & # 39; Hey, dude, do you mind if I got along and play a practice round? I have not heard anything! & # 39 ;. "

Koepka & # 39; s Caddy to Become a Legend?

Koepka says he "wouldn't want anyone else" in his bag but caddy Ricky Elliott

"I don't think when he grew up that Ricky ever thought there would be an Open Championship here," said four-time grand champion Koepka, who is the best finish from a shared sixth place at the 2017 Open.

"And to top it off, I don't think he ever thought he would be part of it. Being able to win one, he would be a legend, isn't it? He's already. But it would be cool to see him win.

"It was fun. I probably hear more: & # 39; Ricky, hey, Ricky, what's wrong? & # 39; then whatever. I'm sure he'll have a lot of friends and family. It will be a special week for him. "

The 29-year-old has an incredible form in the majors this year, finishing second at Woods with the Masters, before winning the US PGA Championship and then becoming a rider at the US Open.

He says to finish second "sucks" but blames Elliott for staying in the fight.

"He has been great. He keeps the light on. He doesn't talk about golf while we're there, "said the 29-year-old.

" He knows if I get a little tense, maybe angry, angry, whatever it is, he can just see it on my walk. He can say it, only body language and I think that's what makes a great caddy.

"Often he will tell me that it should go slower, my walk should slow down. If I get angry, my walk will just get a bit faster.

" And then he knows exactly under pressure what he has to say at the right time, and that's what you want in a caddy. I don't want anyone else in my bag, I know that.

"He has been wonderful, he is part of the reason why I have had the success I have and I love the man to death. And I look forward to coming for many years."

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