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Tiger On Muirfield: "These fairways have some fire to them."

18th fairway at Muirfield Sunday (click to enlarge)Early Muirfield assessment by Tiger Woods, courtesy of Bob Harig:

"It's obviously playing a lot quicker than it did in '02,'' Woods said. "These fairways have some fire to them. The greens aren't up to speed but I'm sure they will get there. It's been dry over here. This place is firm. We're hitting the ball a long ways downwind.''

As an example, at the par-4 eighth, Woods took a 3-iron off the tee on the doglog hole and hit it too far. He switched to a 4-iron to keep the ball in play.

"That 4-iron just went 285,'' he said.

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Reader Comments (12)

watch out for those doglogs
07.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterkeith
Here's hoping it is F&F, but not mustard-yellow, dormant, Hoylake damned near dead F&F.
07.14.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Irons all day. This just got very interesting for ETW fans.
07.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
Could be. I have a friend who will be there. If Eldrick the Magnificent wins in his presence, he can die happy.

Tommy: Good work!
07.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
We, Eldrick had better get a move on and win when conditions are favorable - because time is seriously slipping away.
07.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterClive Holden
Super Sneaky move by Tiger to get that young gun Rory out of his way by having Nike throw mucho $ at Rory and making Rory struggle for the next 5 years until he gives up on that red driver and signs with Taylor Made. Now Tiger can focus on jacks record and Ms. Vonn. With dry conditions and not a snow board in sight Tigers got this one in the bag.
07.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVwgolfer
With a forcast of no rain for the coming week, this type of information about course conditions is huge. A hot Phil Mickelson and a healthy Tiger Woods with mostly irons in his hands (an amazing advantage) should make for a very interesting Open. Can't wait for Thursday.....
07.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
Banner is great!!!
Easy to see the talent here!!
07.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterummm
Anyone can hit a 4 iron 285 yards.
07.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
These conditions really favour Tiger in my opinion.
07.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
And Ernie Chico. Ballstriking will be at a premium and he knows how to nudge it around when it gets firm.

Phil might contend too, but I am envisioning another Sunday near-miss/trainwreck.

Rory needs to bag the driver and get one of those iron hybridy Adams 14deg thingamajigs...paint it red and no one's the wiser.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Hold on, that's Tiger's first visit? (Yeah, I know, there was 2002 but with the R&A eager beavers that's many changes ago.)

If so, can we get a quote from Bamberger about whether Tiger's major venue visit schedule still identifies him as one of the greatest to play the game of golf? Or would we have needed it to rain at HCEG when he was there? @@
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark B

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