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.