Tiger Woods says he is in the mood to claim his 15th major. A win in the Open would also allow Woods to reclaim the world number one ranking that he relinquished in October 2010 after a record run of 281 weeks at the top.
Woods has hauled himself up to number four in the world with two Tour wins already this year, and thinks he is in shape to mount a serious challenge at Royal Lytham. Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open, but doesn’t attribute too much significance to the gap.
"I think I missed four majors just because I was injured," Woods said. "I figure if I'm healthy, then I can prepare properly for major championships and I can get myself there. I had to go through that whole process of getting healthy again. Being banged up and missing four major championships because of it in a couple-year stretch isn't a whole lot of fun."
The first two days will be key, with Woods an expert at playing himself into contention in the last rounds of a major. "I just try and put myself there," Woods said. "I think if I continue putting myself there enough times, then I'll win major championships."
With unsettled weather predicted for the Open weekend, Padraig Harrington, who has won the Open twice, thinks that as many as 50 players have serious chances of claiming the Claret Jug. "I would like to see certainly 18 holes if not 36 holes of difficult conditions because that will cut enough of the field out and hopefully I won't be one of those," Harrington said.