The 150th Open: Tiger Woods’ last time at St Andrews? Big win for Rory McIlroy? Arguments to follow | golf news

Tiger Woods chasing a historic 16th Grand Slam title, while Rory McIlroy looks for his first big success since 2014 and England look like winners at The Open after a 30-year absence; Watch all week long live on Sky Sports’ dedicated open channel!

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Watch every moment of the 150th Open, live only here on Sky Sports.

Watch every moment of the 150th Open, live only here on Sky Sports.

Will The 150th Open be the last time we see Tiger Woods at St Andrews? Could the Old Course be ‘too easy’ for the world’s best? How will Rory McIlroy perform? Five stories to follow this week…

What can we expect from Tiger Woods?

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, though the 82-time PGA winner Tour has always set its sights on playing in Scotland this week.

The 15-time major winner won his first open title by eight strokes at St Andrews and scored a dominant victory at the same venue in 2005, with Woods telling reporters at the JP McManus Pro-Am last week that he wanted to “give it in less one more race at a high level” on the course.

Sky Sports News' Jamie Weir reports that Tiger Woods appears to be struggling with injury during his practice round at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

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Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir reports that Tiger Woods appears to be struggling with injury during his practice round at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir reports that Tiger Woods appears to be struggling with injury during his practice round at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Woods was unable to complete the PGA Championship in May due to injury and did not participate in the US Open last month, although the time off did not provide any noticeable improvement in his mobility on the golf course.

The 46-year-old largely used a buggy to get around Adare Manor, while Woods looked far from comfortable walking and crouching in two early practice rounds alongside Justin Thomas at St Andrews.

Tiger Woods has been seen practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

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Tiger Woods has been seen practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Tiger Woods has been seen practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Woods has overcome great hurdles in the past, recovering from back surgery to win The Masters in 2019 and producing similar comebacks during his storied career, but it remains to be seen how long Woods will continue to play when he’s physically nowhere. close to being able to compete.

Is this the week McIlroy ends his big drought?

It has been 12 years since the world number 2 last contested The Open at St Andrews, when McIlroy started with a brilliant 63, dropped to a second-round 80 in terrible weather and battled back to finish tied for third.

Before next week's Open Championship, take a look at the best shots ever played at the tournament.

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Before next week’s Open Championship, take a look at the best shots ever played at the tournament.

Before next week’s Open Championship, take a look at the best shots ever played at the tournament.

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.

The Northern Irishman has had three top-five finishes at The Open since then and hasn’t finished worse than eighth at the three majors so far this season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in contention this week in Scotland.

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McIlroy has only finished outside the top 20 in a tournament three times last year and has already won twice on the PGA Tour this season, and the 33-year-old has another chance this week to claim a fifth major title. and first since 2014.

Can an Englishman succeed in Scotland?

It has been 30 years since the last English winner of the Claret Jug, when Sir Nick Faldo was crowned Golf Champion of the Year for the third time after a one-shot victory at Muirfield, although there are many on the course looking to end that career. week in St Andrews.

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

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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.

Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter have experience of finishing runners-up at The Open, as has Tommy Fleetwood after finishing second to Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush in 2019, with the quartet part of a strong English contingent involved in the final. masculine. elder of the year.

Tyrrell Hatton will be seeking his first major title, at the venue where he twice won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, while all eyes will be on Matt Fitzpatrick and how he follows up from last month’s US Open victory.

Fitzpatrick did not appear the last time St Andrews staged The Open in 2015, having only turned professional the year before, although the 27-year-old comes in as one of the favorites despite finishing no higher than level for spot. 20 in his previous six Opens. appearances.

Matt Fitzpatrick chats with Sky's Nick Dougherty about his second-round form at the Scottish Open and that historic victory at the US Open at Brookline.

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Matt Fitzpatrick chats with Sky’s Nick Dougherty about his second-round form at the Scottish Open and that historic victory at the US Open at Brookline.

Matt Fitzpatrick chats with Sky’s Nick Dougherty about his second-round form at the Scottish Open and that historic victory at the US Open at Brookline.

Are major records at St Andrews under threat?

The lowest round in men’s majors history remains the 62 posted by Branden Grace during The Open in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, but could we see a player drop even lower at St Andrews this week?

The course record at St Andrews is Ross Fisher’s 61st at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship the same year, with a historic layout that relies on the elements to test the world’s best players.

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The par 72 course is relatively short by modern standards, stretching just over 7,300 yards for its entire length, while a lack of wind will leave the course exposed to a potentially historic low score.

Asked if the Old Course might be “too easy”, Spieth said at the Scottish Open: I think it might be. It’s hard for me to say given that in 2015 we had so much wind that we couldn’t even play. But I guess if it’s like it was this morning [calm] here, it’s just a wedge contest, really.”

Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by stating that he will not be moving to LIV Golf after his agent responded to the rumors yesterday.

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Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by stating that he will not be moving to LIV Golf after his agent responded to the rumors yesterday.

Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by stating that he will not be moving to LIV Golf after his agent responded to the rumors yesterday.

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.

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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 begins Thursday from 6.30am live on Sky Sports The Open.

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