Is Tiger Woods showing signs of jealousy and envy, or simply giving advice to his fellow American? Either way, he has issued a warning to Jordan Spieth ahead of the 144th British Open.
The texan was criticised for electing to play at The John Deere Classic over the Scottish Open and it looks like Woods believes the World’s number two should have been at St Andrews, preparing for the challenges ahead.
The former world number one and golf icon has lifted the Claret Jug twice at St Andrews and provided some interesting insight.
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He said: "A five-degree wind change here changes the whole course completely.”
"My first time around here, I just happened to get the tide when it changed out there at the loop in a practice round, so I played all 18 holes into the wind. It was the longest short golf course I've ever played in my life.” the Express reports.
Acknowledging the facts
It must be difficult for the former World number one and arguably, once the greatest player who has ever graced this game, to have to contend with the media so frequently. He probably wants to focus on his game to get it in the best shape possible for the third major of the year.
However he has acknowledged that Spieth is on an exceptional run of form, with two majors and two tour events to his name this year already.
“Obviously he's in great form. It's just a matter of going out there and executing his game plan and this is a course in which you have to do that," said Woods.
Tiger has shunned off any ideas of retirement and has basically told everyone to write him off at their own peril.
"I'm still young. I'm not 40 yet," said the 39-year-old. "I know some of you guys think I'm buried and done, but I'm still right here in front of you…Retirement? I'm a ways from that," he laughed. "I feel like my body is finally healed up after the back surgery from last year. They say it takes you about four to six months to get back, but I've heard a lot of guys on Tour who have had the surgery, and other athletes, say it takes over a year. They were there probably closer to being right.”
Not many people would foresee Tiger in the running for the Claret Jug this year, especially with such a lack of form in the lead up to the event. However it would take a brave man to suggest he will never win a major again and Jack Nicklaus’ record will remain in tact for a little while longer.