Tiger Woods gets a feel for bone-dry Carnoustie

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Those instances account for two of his three Open victories, where in both cases the courses were quite dry and firm. It's hard and probably the most difficult one we play in the whole Open rotation. He hit just one on the first hole, and that was only after first hitting a 2-iron off the tee. For example, Woods hit a 7-iron off the No. 4 tee to position himself short of bunkers; it went 215 yards.

Again, narrow would not seem to favor Woods, who is now No. 175 on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, but anything can happen when you put longer irons into the hands of one of the greatest players who's ever lived. His normal distance with that club is 180.

"No, no I don't have to relearn how to play this style of golf because I have played in so many Open's and so many links courses over my career", he said.

"But then it is going to be one of those weeks where you will not see the guys hitting woods off the tee given the fairways are so quick as it going to be all about keeping the ball in front of you". That's what is going to be important, how hot you want the ball coming into the fairways.

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"The great thing about this golf course is you can't take all the trouble out, you are going to have to take some risk".

Johnson has not played competitively since finishing third in the US Open at Shinnecock Hills last month, and the 34-year-old will enjoy the company of Alex Noren and compatriot Charley Hoffman.

"We are still working on it", Woods said.

And after fellow Masters champion, Patrick Reed joked that he would only watch Woods tackle Mickelson if they each put up their own money, Woods responded: "Of course, that is what Patrick would like to see and it would be good of him to put up that money (laughing)".