Woods’ Royal Lytham worry

Three-time Open Championship winner Tiger Woods, the 9/1 tournament outright favourite with Betfred, has described the rough in some places at Royal Lytham as “almost unplayable”.

The 36-year-old 14-time Major winner said conditions in Lancashire could lead him to go on the attack to combat straying from the fairway.

The US superstar said he was surprised by the tough nature of the course but admitted it was the same for his rivals (Lee Westwood 14/1 – Tournament Outright).

“It’s just that you can’t get out of it. That bottom six inches, in some places, is almost unplayable,” he said.

“I’ve never seen the rough this high or thick and dense.”

Woods’ last win at the Open came in 2006 but he arrives with three tournament victories so far in 2012.

He said he would have to adapt to all conditions when the competition gets under way on Thursday and would be ready for the challenge ahead.

“I like the layout. It’s fair. They don’t have to trick it up. They don’t have to do anything with it. They can play it as the members play it and it would still be difficult,” he added

“If it’s calm, we can shoot some good scores. If it’s wet, lush, you’ve got to be more aggressive.”

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