The Open: Woods out late on day one at Carnoustie

The Open: Woods out late on day one at Carnoustie

The Open: Woods out late on day one at Carnoustie

On Monday, Woods practiced with World No. 2 Justin Thomas.

Padraig Harrington, the last man to win The Open at Carnoustie in 2007, goes out with Bubba Watson before the attention turns to Woods in game No 47.

"A key off the tees is how hot do you want the ball landing on the fairways as you can make the ball roll a further 60, 70 or 80-yards but the question whether it is worth it or not", he said. "It is a risk/reward golf course, and the way it is set up right now, it is going to play very narrow because it is so fast". "I am sure they will probably speed the greens up a touch, but I'm sure this will be one of those weeks where the fairways are a little quicker than the greens". In 11 official PGA Tour starts entering this week, Woods has five finishes of 12th or better, including three top-5s.

"There are different winds to today forecasted for the rest of the week so it will be nice to see the course in different conditions".

"The thing is I have three more days to work on a few things and three days to get the feel of playing this style of golf, again".

He then traveled north, came to the golf course late in the afternoon and got in an abbreviated practice round of eight holes, teeing off at No. 1 and playing the first four holes before jumping over to the 15th and playing back to the clubhouse.

"We are still working on it and it's not there yet but we are trying to make it happen", said Woods.

"Phil and I are friends and we are always trying to make each other uncomfortable and needle each other", Woods added.

Woods smiled when told that Patrick Reed earlier this week suggested that he would watch the two Hall of Famers compete in such a match only if they put up their own money.

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