The Open: Sir Nick Faldo on Tiger Woods’ St Andrews hopes; Rory McIlroy on the ‘title defense I never had’ | golf news

Woods, a three-time winner of The Open, returns to the place where he scored an unprecedented victory in 2000 and enjoyed more success in 2005; Watch The 150th Open exclusively live this week on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel – Sky Sports The Open

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Sir Nick Faldo looks ahead to The Open, whether he would consider playing and the chances of Tiger Woods.

Sir Nick Faldo looks ahead to The Open, whether he would consider playing and the chances of Tiger Woods.

Sir Nick Faldo has downplayed Tiger Woods’ hopes of challenging for his 16th Grand Slam title at The 150th Open and wondered if St Andrews could be where the former World No.1 ends his glittering career in Grand Slam.

Woods has made just two official starts since sustaining career-threatening leg and ankle injuries in last February’s car accident, two months after undergoing back surgery for the fifth time, and the 82-time PGA winner Tour previously ruled out one outright. time to get back to sport.

The 46-year-old retired after three rounds of the PGA Championship in May and opted out of the US Open after The Masters in April.

Ahead of The Open Championship, 15-time Grand Slam champion Tiger Woods says he wants to give at least one more run playing at a high level in St. Andrews.

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Ahead of The Open Championship, 15-time Grand Slam champion Tiger Woods says he wants to give at least one more run playing at a high level in St. Andrews.

Ahead of The Open Championship, 15-time Grand Slam champion Tiger Woods says he wants to give at least one more run playing at a high level in St. Andrews.

Woods told reporters on his return to action at the JP McManus Pro-Am, where he finished tied for 19th and 17 strokes behind winner Xander Schauffele, that he was relishing the opportunity to compete at St Andrews once again, after having won there in 2000 and 2005, with the three-time Open champion wanting to “give at least one more race at a high level”.

Asked if Woods had any hope of contending for a big win this week and his first at The Open since 2006, Faldo said Sky sports news: “I don’t think there are chances, no”

Paul McGinley and Brandel Chamblee reflect on Tiger Woods' withdrawal from the PGA Championship and what it could mean for his future career.

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Paul McGinley and Brandel Chamblee reflect on Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the PGA Championship and what it could mean for his future career.

Paul McGinley and Brandel Chamblee reflect on Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the PGA Championship and what it could mean for his future career.

“Physically, he played at Adare Manor and was on a buggy for a couple of days to rest his leg. The physical challenge is just walking a golf course and even though St. Andrews looks flat, there are so many kinky undulations walking that course, it’s It’s going to be physically very hard work for him.

“Even if Tiger was fit and strong, he doesn’t play much, and these kids [world’s top players] they are young and strong. Who knows what we are going to get from Tiger, where he is mentally and what he is thinking.

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“If you’re going to retire, then this is the place to retire, but is it too soon? What does he know and what does he believe about his leg or his golf game? What are the chances? I don’t know – Tiger always keeps this very close to his chest.

The Open will welcome the highest attendance in its history to St Andrews, with 290,000 expected during the week of the tournament, and Faldo admitted that it is difficult to predict a winner in the last men’s Grand Slam of the year.

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“St Andrews is so special,” added Faldo. “It’s such a historic city, great atmosphere and the golf course is one of the best in the world. It’s a different challenge but it’s a historic challenge. Looking at the top 15 in the world, I’d be surprised if you got a winner.” from outside of that because they are all very strong.

“Right now Scotland is having beautiful sunny but very windy weather. If it’s a severe test, which we would obviously love, then there’s a bit of an emphasis on the luck of the draw and how you deal with that over the four days. Having said that, I think you have to look at the obvious names.”

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Can Rory McIlroy impress at St Andrews?

McIlroy led from start to finish to win the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool, but was prevented from attempting to retain the Claret Jug on the Old Course the following year after sustaining an ankle injury playing football.

That means 12 years have passed since the World No.2 last contested The Open at St Andrews, when he started with a brilliant 63, dropped to a second-round 80 in terrible weather and battled back to finish level for third. place.

Rory McIlroy tested Tiger Woods' driver before the JP McManus Pro Am tournament.

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Rory McIlroy tested Tiger Woods’ driver before the JP McManus Pro Am tournament.

Rory McIlroy tested Tiger Woods’ driver before the JP McManus Pro Am tournament.

“I can’t go into The Open approaching like I have unfinished business on this golf course,” McIlroy told TheOpen.com. “You know, I feel like there’s enough pressure on me anyway without putting more on myself.

“But it’s one that I’ve been waiting for a long, long time: 12 years. I just want to make sure I’m in the best possible shape to go there.”

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“I’m playing good, I’m playing some of the best golf I’ve played in a long time. I’ve played good in the majors this year without getting a win, but I’ve really competed in all of them.” So it’s a good opportunity.”

When is The Open live on Sky Sports?

Sky Sports The Open will show over 80 hours of live coverage from the iconic Old Course at St Andrews, more than ever before, with live programming seven days a week of the tournament and a host of additional bonus features available to enjoy.

Rob Lee, Andrew Coltart and Dame Laura Davies recall the key moments from Collin Morikawa's Grand Slam winning round at The 149th Open.

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Rob Lee, Andrew Coltart and Dame Laura Davies recall the key moments from Collin Morikawa’s Grand Slam winning round at The 149th Open.

Rob Lee, Andrew Coltart and Dame Laura Davies recall the key moments from Collin Morikawa’s Grand Slam winning round at The 149th Open.

Live coverage of the first two rounds will begin at 6:30 a.m., before the first tee shot, and continue until after play ends, with live wall-to-wall coverage beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 am for the final round on Sunday.

There will be plenty of additional action throughout the four days via the red button on Sky Sports The Open, alongside Sky Q and Sky Glass, with featured groups and featured holes available to enjoy as the world’s best players take on the House of Golf.

Watch The 150th Open all week long live on the dedicated Sky Sports channel. Live coverage kicks off Monday with “Live From The Range” at 9am on Sky Sports The Open!

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