Tiger excited to be back at special St Andrews

Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:23am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Tiger Woods' love affair with St Andrews goes back 20 years and the former world number one cannot wait for romance to blossom again at the 144th British Open that starts on Thursday.

The 39-year-old American made his first appearance in golf's oldest major in the 1995 edition held at the Old Course and went on to win the prized Claret Jug when the championship returned to the iconic links in 2000 and 2005.

Woods is expecting the course to present a different kind of challenge this week but is licking his lips at the prospect nonetheless.

"I'm very excited to be back here at the Home of Golf," he told reporters on Tuesday. "I've always loved this course from the first time I played it... there's just something special about it.

"It's playing a little bit differently to previous Opens

I've played in. It's a little bit softer and it's going to get even softer with the (rain) forecast for Friday.

Woods, who has had a torrid run of form but showed flashes of his old magic at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia two weeks ago, enjoys the creative element that comes into play at the Old Course.

"You have to be able to hit all different type of shots," he said. "The first thing I ever heard about St Andrews is that all you do is hit it as hard as you can and aim left.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. watches his shot on the fifth tee during a practice round ahead of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs