HOYLAKE, England – Much has changed for Tiger Woods since he won the British Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006.
You may recall that week – Woods put on a clinic hitting iron off the tee and beat Chris DiMarco by two shots only two months after his father, Earl, passed away. It was a time that Woods says he felt “at peace.”
“It meant a lot to me in my life at the time,” Woods said Tuesday.
Since that emotional day, Woods hasn’t won another Open Championship. He did win three majors over the next 24 months, but hasn’t won any since 2008. He now has two children, but he’s no longer married. At 38, his body has been through a lot more bumps and bruises since that time that have caused him to miss five majors. That’s just off the course.
Video: Woods on life since 2006 British Open (Click here for full interview)
He’s hoping good vibes coupled with good memories give him the spark he’s looking for at a major championship where he’s not listed as a betting favorite, another thing vastly different than here eight years ago.
“My life is very different than it was then,” he said. “I’ve got a completely different golf swing than I did in ’06. A lot of aspects of my game and life have changed since ’06.
“And then on top of that, this is a different golf course than what we played in ’06. It was hot, ball was flying. It was very dusty. Now, we’re making ball marks on the greens, which we weren’t doing then.”