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Will Tiger Woods Win a Third Title?

Posted July. 18, 2007 04:00,   


Will Tiger Woods kiss the “Claret Jug” for his third consecutive time?

The biggest item of interest at the 136th British Open Championship being held at the Carnoustie Golf Links (par 71), Scotland, will be whether Woods will win. It is the men’s third major championship this year.

Woods’ second championship last year was a memorable moment. He shed tears remembering his father who was no longer with him after winning the title. If he wins again, it will be his third consecutive British Open Championship, following Peter Thomson (Australia) who claimed the championship from 1954-1956.

Unlike last year when he paid tribute to his late father, he plans to give his title as a present to his newborn daughter.

Woods, who wound up in a tie for seventh at 10-over-par in 1999, is still a strong favorite since many players who manage long irons well have claimed the title.

K.J. Choi known as “Tank” in Korea and five other Korean golfers including Yang Yong-eun (TaylorMade) from Jeju Island who claims, “The strong wind doesn’t matter,” Lee Won-joon (LG Electronics) known for his long shot, Lee Dong-hwan (Korea Univ.) who was invited for his Mizuno Classic title, and Lee Seung-ho will join the championship.

The best record for Koreans is Heo Seok-ho who tied for 11th.

Carnoustie is one of the trickiest among the British Open courses, and the average score soared to 78.31 in 1999. Unpredictable stormy weather and strong wind coming from the sea, deep roughs, bunkers, and streams are the challenges. Gary Player, who won the title here in 1968, said, “This is the most difficult course in the world.” It has the world’s longest 7,421-yard course and the 12th hole and the 18th hole that changed from par 5 to par 4 is as long as 499 yards while the 16th hole (par 3) is 248 yards.

Red Brooks, a British gambling company, said the odds of Tiger Woods’ victory are 3-1 followed by Ernie Els (12-1), Phil Mickelson (14-1), and K.J. Choi (50-1).