British Open preview - Tiger Woods eyes three-peat at Carnoustie
Released on = July 18, 2007, 1:40 pm
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Press Release Summary = British Open preview: Tiger Woods eyes three-peat at Carnoustie. European PGA Tour coverage at WorldGolf.com
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Tiger Woods is attempting to become the first player in 50 years to win three consecutive British Open titles when the world\'s best PGA Tour and European PGA Tour players tee off Thursday at Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland for the year\'s third major.
Woods, who claimed his second consecutive victory last year with a two-shot win over Chris DiMarco at Royal Liverpool, said that a three-peat would certainly be nice. However, he claims there\'s a lot of work to be done before the feat can even be a possibility.
\"All I know is that I feel good about my preparation so far,\" Woods said in a press conference Tuesday. \"I\'ve got one more day to prepare and we\'ll see how the tournament builds.\"
Woods is bidding to be the first to win three straight opens since Peter Thomson (1954-56). Jamie Anderson (1877-79) and Bob Ferguson (1880-82) also won three straight Open titles, while Young Tom Morris owns the record with four consecutive wins (1868-72 -- there was no championship in 1871).
Woods, who tied for second in both the Masters and the U.S. Open this year, said he feels confident about the possibility of earning his 13th career major tournament title.
\"If I continue doing the things that I\'m doing, I like the way I\'m swinging, I like the way my short game is (and) I like the way my speed is on the greens so far,\" Woods said. \"I just have to carry that into the tournament.\"
Woods will play in group 15 along with Paul Lawrie and Justin Rose in the first two rounds. Lawrie, who won the Open in 1999 at Carnoustie, said he isn\'t concerned about playing in the same group as the world\'s No. 1-ranked player.
\"It doesn\'t bother me -- I\'ve been doing it a long time (and) I\'ve played with him before,\" Lawrie told reporters. \"There are a lot of distractions playing with him. I\'ll be looking after my ball and Tiger after his and Justin after his. I don\'t have any problem with it.\"
In the last Open at Carnoustie in 1999, Woods tied for seventh with a 10-over-par 294, while Lawrie shot 6 over and won a playoff over Justin Leonard and Jean Van De Velde. Woods, who has three wins and seven top-10 performances in the Open, said he truly enjoys playing links-style courses.
Woods said that from the first moment he was introduced to links golf in the mid-1990s, it was almost an instant love affair.
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