The 150th Open: Why players must risk ‘looking silly’ to impress on the Old Course this week | golf news

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Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship.

Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley offers the last tour of the Old Course before the 150th Open Championship.

Rich Beem talks about the need for players to be “brave” as they tackle the St Andrews course at The 150th Open this week and assesses the chances of a Tiger Woods win…

How many players today have the imagination to take the shots required at St Andrews? It’s really cool because if we talk about the previous champions around here, like Seve Ballesteros and Sir Nick Faldo, you had two different guys who trashed this golf course in different ways.

Seve took it apart with his imagination and his ability to make it up on the fly. Nick did it knowing precisely where he wanted to hit in any direction of the wind: he could change all four days and had a game plan for each day.

Seve woke up in the morning and said ‘okay let’s go’ and I think there are very few players in the game today who have the ability to compensate on the fly. Whatever game plan you have today, this golf can change drastically even during the round – how many players are willing and brave enough to change it mid-round? I can think of a handful.

I was walking down the field yesterday and there was a guy who had 115 yards. He was screaming left to right and they pulled a 50 degree wedge and put it back on him, the first one rode the wind and missed miles to the right, the second one fell 20 yards short. I’m going to say ‘it’s a nine iron!’ and they didn’t see that, they had no idea.

'Seve' explores the life of Seve Ballesteros as he became one of the most decorated and celebrated golfers in the history of the game.  Watch it during open house week on Sky Documentaries and Sky Showcase.

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‘Seve’ explores the life of Seve Ballesteros as he became one of the most decorated and celebrated golfers in the history of the game. Watch it during open house week on Sky Documentaries and Sky Showcase.

‘Seve’ explores the life of Seve Ballesteros as he became one of the most decorated and celebrated golfers in the history of the game. Watch it during open house week on Sky Documentaries and Sky Showcase.

It all comes down to bravery, because you’re in an element where you have to risk looking dumb to get a shot. I think that’s why all the greats in the game have won here, because everyone is comfortable in their own skin. You’re not going to see a guy who’s ranked 90th in the world win here. You have to be willing to accept bad shots when you’re trying something that you may not know how you’re going to pull off.

You’re going to hit shots on this golf course that you’ve never tried in your life but you know what the right shot is and you better be confident and have a little fun with it but you better be willing to accept the consequences when you do. you spoil

Rory McIlroy attempted a putt from the road as he continued his preparations for the Open Championship.

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Rory McIlroy attempted a putt from the road as he continued his preparations for the Open Championship.

Rory McIlroy attempted a putt from the road as he continued his preparations for the Open Championship.

“I ruled out Tiger, but he can win the third St Andrews title”

This is what happens with Tiger. I think he can win, but I’ll tell you why he won’t. He doesn’t need to master the golf course, he needs to understand how to play it and he’s probably such an astute player, he understands this golf course better than anyone.

He has taken his time over the last week and has taken 20 minutes per green and done his homework. However, the problem is that, as we have seen in the Masters and the PGA, the legs are lost. Although this is the flattest golf course of all the greats, it now has the added element of wind. And what do you need to have solid in the wind? Your legs.

As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, check out a selection of his best shots from the event.

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As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, check out a selection of his best shots from the event.

As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, check out a selection of his best shots from the event.

Unfortunately what will happen is the more the wind blows the legs will blow out so if it comes to the weekend sorry when it comes to the weekend you have to lean on your lower body and when the part lower body goes, everything else starts to shake.

When you don’t have legs under you, you can get away with tee shots and second shots, but standing there and steadying yourself when your legs aren’t there, everything else starts to shake, shudder and you can’t do that around here, it is impossible.

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It’s just the conditions that mother nature will throw at you, not the golf course. If it wasn’t for a puff of air, I’d put all the money from my wife’s inheritance into whatever he won.

To me, it’s probably the most notable asset he has, it’s his resistance to pain and his willingness to think about it when he doesn’t need to. I could have ridden off into the sunset years ago.

Justin Thomas speaks ahead of The Open this weekend in St Andrews and reveals the conversation he and Tiger Woods recently had.

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Justin Thomas speaks ahead of The Open this weekend in St Andrews and reveals the conversation he and Tiger Woods recently had.

Justin Thomas speaks ahead of The Open this weekend in St Andrews and reveals the conversation he and Tiger Woods recently had.

But there’s something inside of him that every day he wakes up says ‘I have to do this’, now conceded by that same trait that has also hurt him over the years, I think because he needs to take a break. For him to even try the things that he’s done, when he tried to become a Navy Seal those years ago, holy smoke.

The only thing I haven’t figured out is why he didn’t spread his left foot a little bit wider and put a little more weight on his left foot, shortened his back-swing, if you want to call it stack-and-tilt call it that, but you’re talking about a guy with the best hands in the game, why not do that? I think part of it is being stubborn, and he just doesn’t want it to look silly.

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Whatever anyone does in this game, Tiger’s name always appears in the story. Scottie Scheffler won four times this year, but they’re already talking about Tiger Woods. Every thing someone accomplishes in this game, Tiger’s name appears.

I really hope you get out there and have a great week. We don’t care how he ends up, just hopefully he plays 72 holes and then goes back to Florida and gets his body back. Then you have another eight months until Augusta.

I never expected to see what I saw in 2019, I wrote it off. I really think he’s going to discover something new, to go to the ends of the world to get the body right where he can really compete.

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.

The 150th edition of the Open Championship kicks off tomorrow at the home of golf in St Andrews.

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The 150th edition of the Open Championship kicks off tomorrow at the home of golf in St Andrews.

The 150th edition of the Open Championship kicks off tomorrow at the home of golf in St Andrews.

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 from 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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