Tiger Woods has repeatedly called St. Andrews his favorite major venue, and, based on the greeting he got from fans Sunday, St. Andrews loves him back. Hugh MacDonald of The Scotland Herald followed Woods during his practice round Sunday and reported on the warm response Woods got from the fans. Heck, even the R&A’s grand poobah sounds like he’s rooting for Tiger.
As Woods, followed by a growing crowd of supporters, walked towards the seventh tee, he was greeted by Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, golf’s governing body.
Dawson said he was delighted that Woods had travelled to St Andrews, where he won the Open in 2000 and 2005. “The championship needs the world No 1 player and vice versa,” he said. He predicted that Woods would challenge for the title, saying: “He has proven he can play here. Let’s hope this is the week he can get his game right. He is conscious no-one has won it here three times in a row.”
The dark knight returns? Mark Reason of The Telegraph (UK)
The bookies have such a scene down as fanciful nonsense, quoting Faldo as 500-1. They don't care that Faldo has finished seventh, sixth, first, 39th, 41st and 11th in his six St Andrews Opens. They just see a commentator who won't be lifting the claret jug to celebrate his 53rd birthday on Sunday. But you can't blame Faldo for thinking the impossible. He won't say so in public, but you know the feeling breathes in a corner of his heart. Two years ago at Birkdale Faldo stood on the sidelines in his corduroy jacket and dark glasses and applauded along with the rest of us as Greg Norman walked on to the 18th green.
When you tee it up at St. Andrews this year, is there still a glimmer of hope that maybe, if things go right, you could have a chance? No. I mean, let's get real. If I can make the cut and survive, that's pretty good.Stray Shots USA Today
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