The Open 2018: Tiger Woods aims for major return at Carnoustie links

Reed's young Americans out to deliver Ryder Cup warning

While the U.S. Open was an exceedingly hard course this year, with breakneck-paced greens and narrow fairways forcing some of the coolest heads in golf to go on tilt momentarily, links golf presents a whole new set of challenges to the players this weekend.

Woods, a three-times Open victor, hasn't featured in golf's oldest major since 2015. "To come out here and play in the Open Championship is always good". Rory McIlroy has been candid about the fact he plans to use a series of drivers from tees, a policy not likely to be followed by Woods. Before you make your 2018 British Open picks or enter a daily fantasy golf tournament on sites like DraftKings or FanDuel, you need to see what the team at SportsLine is predicting. "That's just the way it goes", Woods continued.

"No, no I don't have to relearn how to play this style of golf because I have played in so many Open's and so many links courses over my career", he said.

Watson feels a whole host of players of making their presence felt when they battle the elements at one of the most iconic venues.

One thing hasn't changed about links golf - it's best to keep the ball out of the pot bunkers, which effectively are a one-shot penalty.

"Traditionally, the guys who have done well over the years have been wonderful feel players and wonderful lag putters because a lot of times it is hard to get the ball close and you have numerous putts from 40 or 50 feet". However, he has played in 16 Opens and never won yet.

"It is going to be a week where the course will be quick and we are going to have to deal with it".

Speaking at Carnoustie on Tuesday, ahead of his 20th Open appearance, Woods initially smiled when asked whether this tournament offers his biggest major chance. Even hitting sometimes 4- and 5-irons, they've been running 50, 60 yards. Reed won the Junior British Open that summer at Heswall, not far from Royal Liverpool.

"Right now, the fairways are faster than the greens, so I am sure it will be one of those weeks where the fairways will be a little quicker than the greens".

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