Tiger Woods insists he is neither anxious nor impatient about ending his long wait for another major.
Woods, who could go back to World No 1 with victory in The Open at Royal Lytham, has not added to his 14 since the 2008 US Open.
“No — I just try and put myself there (in contention),” the three-time Claret Jug holder said yesterday.
On the prowl: Tiger Woods during a practice round in Lytham yesterday. PIC/afp
“I think that if I continue putting myself there enough times then I’ll win major championships.
“First of all, I had to go through that whole process of just getting healthy again.
“Being banged up and missing major championships because of it in a couple of years stretch wasn’t a whole lot of fun.
“I think I missed four majors there just because I was injured. I figure if I’m healthy, then I can prepare properly for major championships and I can get myself there.”
Woods is back this week at the course where he finished 22nd in 1996, shooting three under par to equal the record for the lowest total ever by an amateur in the championship.
“I remember I got hot in that second round. I think I made seven birdies in an 11 or 12-hole stretch (he shot 66). I tied Ian Pyman’s record for low am and I thought that was a pretty great accomplishment.
“That Open Championship basically pushed me towards turning pro versus going back to college.
“I was still kind of iffy about whether I should turn pro or not. But that gave me so much confidence that I could do it at a high level, that I could shoot those scores and I could play against the top players in the world on a very difficult track.”
He made his professional debut two months later.
Jeev plays down British Open chances
India’s Jeev Milkha Singh (left), fresh off a victory last Sunday at the Scottish Open, hopes to give his major ambition a boost by treating this week’s British Open as “just another week.” Singh snapped a four-year win drought with a playoff triumph at Scotland and enters his third British Open this week at Royal Lytham with confidence, although the 40-year-old from Chandigarh is trying to play down the challenge. “This is just another week for me. I’m not going to treat it differently,” Singh said. “I want to treat it like another event. That’s why I’ve just showed up on Tuesday, which I normally do, and take it from there.” —