When Tiger Woods speaks, everyone listens.
The three-time winner of The Open spoke at his press conference on Tuesday, as he makes his return to the championship for the first time in three years. Tiger failed to make the cut at St. Andrews in 2015 and he hasn't placed in the top 10 at The Open since 2013.
Tiger has hoisted the Claret Jug three times (2000, 2005, 2006) with nine top-10 finishes. After not making an appearance at a major in 2016 and 2017, Tiger is on pace to play in all four of golf's most prestigious tournaments in 2018.
Here some of the best quotes from Tiger's press conference on Tuesday at Carnoustie:
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1. Tiger on his return to The Open Championship: “Now to have the opportunity to come back to Carnoustie, to play here in Scotland again, I’ve said this before throughout this year, it’s been a blessing. There were some times where I didn’t think I would ever be able to do this again and lo and behold here I am playing in my third major of the year.”
Tiger has three top-10 finishes this year. He was T32 at the Masters and missed the cut at the U.S. Open.
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2. Tiger on injury concerns: "I thought it would be sore, I thought I might feel a twinge, but I didn’t feel any of those things, so that was a big boost in to the initial part of coming back and playing golf again."
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3. Tiger on if The Open is his best chance to win a major: "As far as long term, certainly I would say yes because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course."
The Open Championship is probably the best chance to see an older player win. Tiger, 42, is in that conversation. From 2011-2013, there were three straight winners (Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson) who were all older than Tiger right now.
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4. Tiger on Tom Watson: "There’s a reason why he won five of these, very creative, and hit all the shots.”
Tom Watson is one of five men in history to win The Open Championship at least five times, and trails only the legendary Harry Vardon in wins (6). Watson first won in 1975 and 34 years later nearly emerged victorious again, losing in 2009 to Stewart Cink in a playoff.
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5. Tiger on changes in his bag: “I did put a new 2-iron in play this week."
The new club hasn't gotten a lot of use because of the distance he's been hitting his other irons.
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6. Tiger on the conditions at Carnoustie: "The course is a little different than the last couple times we’ve played it, so it’ll be a fun challenge.”
Tiger wasn't the only golfer in the field to notice the changes at Carnoustie since 2007, as Jon Rahm commented on how brown and fast the course looked this week.
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7. Tiger on links-style golf at Carnoustie: "I enjoy this type of golf because it is creative ... Feel has a lot to do with playing The Open and I think that guys, traditionally over the years who've done well, have been wonderful feel players,"