Tiger Woods returns to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club for the first time since 2006, when he notched one of the most memorable wins in his storied career two months after his father’s death. After struggling through the Masters and the U.S. Open earlier that year, Woods was able to right the course nearly a decade ago. He returns to the first tournament held there since to do much of the same thing. This time, instead of death, he faces his first major since undergoing back surgery. Is there a comparison to be made?
“This is such a different Tiger Woods,” said Robert Lusetich. “He almost bears no resemblance to the Tiger Woods of 2006. [There’s] a lot of water under the bridge these past eight years, and to me, whatever he felt then obviously connected to the death of his father, and the emotions which we all remember were unbelievable — and in many ways, I think it was one of his greatest wins.” But the most looming thing, according to Lusetich, is that Woods is chasing his elusive 15th Majors win, which he has been after since 2008.
Tiger’s odds to win the British Open sit at 15-to-1, per The Big Lead, his lowest odds ever. Ahead of him are Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, both pegged at 120to-1. Woods will take the tee just after 9 a.m. British Summer Time.