The Open 2022 LIVE: St Andrews golf news including tee times and latest odds as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy prepare for the 150th Open

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The 2022 Open is finally almost here and St Andrews hosts the 150th edition on the historic Old Course. Tiger Woods is back, Rory McIlroy enters the week as the favorite and defending champion Collin Morikawa is among a star-studded field looking to create more history at the House of Golf.

Jack Nicklaus once said “your career isn’t complete unless you’ve won an Open Championship at the House of Golf” and Woods admitted he agrees as he tries to ignite the latest leg of an incredible comeback after missing the US Open due to the lingering effects of that serious car accident in 2021.

It was a memorable Open last time at St Andrews in 2015, with Zach Johnson clinching a second major title when he beat Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff, which left Jordan Spieth agonizingly one shot away from joining them. search for a calendar Grand Slam.

“This is going to be a special week of golf and having so many of the sport’s great champions and future stars playing in this event is a great way to mark this historic championship,” Woods said. “St. Andrews has such a unique atmosphere, and I can’t wait to get back to playing in front of fans and on a course that brings back fantastic memories.”

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LIV Golf and PGA Tour urged by Rory McIlroy to hold peace talks to avoid ‘splitting the game’

The shadow of LIV Golf, the new Saudi-backed tour offering big cash prizes, looms over this week’s Open as players continue to debate whether the rogue tour has damaged the professional game.

Rory McIlroy has been quite vocal in his opposition to LIV Golf, but says the PGA Tour and DP World Tour should hold talks with the Saudi-funded series as rising tension between the circuits is “splitting the game”.

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are among several top players to have joined the lucrative series, which led to suspensions and fines on tours of the United States and Europe.

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, has been one of the breakaway circuit’s most outspoken critics, but said now was the time to find common ground.

“That has to happen,” McIlroy told BBC Sport when asked if peace talks should take place. “I wish it hadn’t gotten so messy… In hindsight, there were probably steps that were overlooked that wouldn’t have made it so messy.

“Everyone has to pivot and change and try to be better and hopefully get to that stage, but… the whole narrative is not good. It’s dividing the game instead of everyone coming together.”

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Golfers get acquainted with the Old Course during practice

There is a relaxed atmosphere around St. Andrews as the pros continue to prepare for the 150th Open Championship tomorrow morning.

The sun is hot and the wind is not too bothersome. The course is firm and a bit unpredictable after the ball bounces, so players will use today to get familiar with the different parts of the course and how different shots work.

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‘I’m going to be a little bit more anxious’ says MacIntyre

Scotsman Robert MacIntyre will have a lot of crowd support at St. Andrews this week, but he admits his heart will be pounding on the first tee.

“Of course I’ll probably be a little bit more anxious, a little bit more nervous at first.” the 25-year-old Scot said. “Once I get in and after playing the first few holes, I’m playing golf.

“I am competing for the biggest tournament in the world. That’s why everyone is here. And it’s on a special golf course.

“I’ve had that dream since I was a little kid. When I was driving on Sunday, that was the first time I got goosebumps coming to St Andrews. I always drove into town and it was like, oh, we’re in St. Andrews.

“But when I came in from above the city and I had the music on, and I actually got goosebumps. I was like, wow, this is just… this is different.”

“This is what, like I said at the beginning, if I ever had to play just one Open Championship, it would have been here. I haven’t had the best of times here, but it’s just different. The Open Championship here, again, is the tournament of biggest golf course you can play.

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Lawrie will hit the first tee shot of the 150th Open

Teeing off at The Open is a once-in-a-career honor bestowed on a select few golfers and for the 150th anniversary of golf’s oldest major, the opportunity has been given to Scotsman Paul Lawrie.

The 1999 champion golfer will begin his performances at 6:35 am Thursday morning and Lawrie is relishing the opportunity to set the tone for what is sure to be an exciting four days.

“It’s a great week, a great milestone,” he said. “The more you think about it, actually, it’s a good thing to be asked to do on day 150.

“I’m always nervous on the first tee, no matter what tournament I’m playing. It’s the only time I’m nervous when I play, I don’t know why, I’ve always been like that.

“Thursday will be the same, if not more so, but luckily it’s a nice wide fairway down there. Now that I’ve said that, it’s going to get a bit tighter on Thursday morning!”

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welcome to the independents Live coverage of The Open 2022.

St Andrews hosts the Open 150 on the historic Old Course and there are plenty of stories to see. Tiger Woods is back, Rory McIlroy enters the week as the favorite and defending champion Collin Morikawa is among a star-studded field looking to create more history at the House of Golf.

Jack Nicklaus once said “your career isn’t complete unless you’ve won an Open Championship at the House of Golf” and Woods admitted he agrees as he tries to ignite the latest leg of an incredible comeback after missing the US Open due to the lingering effects of that serious car accident in 2021.

The specter of LIV Golf also looms over the week, setting us up for plenty of drama, and we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest news.

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