Woods says weather will be vital at Open

Tiger Woods is hoping that the weather at Muirfield will treat him better than it did back in 2002.

In 2002, Woods saw his hopes of achieving the grand slam of golf blown away by a storm as he started his third round, where he carded his worst score as a professional, a ten over 81.

Woods has shrugged off an elbow injury which has kept him out of action since the US Open to take part in Muirfield, and the world number one played nine holes on Sunday.

“This marks my second trip to Muirfield. My first visit in 2002 didn’t go very well,” Woods writes.

“I caught the worst of the weather and wound up tying for 28th. That’s just the nature of links golf. Luck plays a big part in it, and you never know what you’re going to get.

“Muirfield is one of the hardest courses in Scotland. The front nine is basically played clockwise and the back nine is played counter-clockwise and on the inside of the front nine.

“You have to shape the golf ball both ways, and you never know what’s going to come off that water as far as wind. It can change directions.

“If the wind switches, you can be aggressive on certain holes and others you have to be conservative.

“That’s the neat thing about a British Open: you just never know what type of conditions you’re going to get each day.”

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