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Woods could employ Hoylake strategy at Muirfield

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GULLANE, Scotland – A yellow hue to the fairways. Waist-high native grass. Tee shots that seemingly never stop rolling.

This British Open already feels a lot like Hoylake in 2006, and that could be good news for Tiger Woods.

That Open was the last of his three titles, a week in which he showcased his superior ball-striking by hitting only one driver all week, shooting 18 under par and winning by two shots.

A similar strategy may be employed this week, especially with the seaside links playing so firm and fast. Woods said he’s hit only a “couple of drivers” so far in practice because he can better control his tee shots with long irons or fairway woods.



On some holes, Woods said, his 4-iron was traveling about 280 yards, with his 3-iron more than 300. Depending on the wind, he said his 3-wood had 80 or 90 yards of run-out.

“That’s the neat thing about links golf,” he said Tuesday. “It’s predictable, but also unpredictable at the same time.”

On the rare occasions Woods will hit driver this week, it could be with a new club. He has been spotted practicing at Muirfield with a prototype version of the Nike VR_S Covert driver, not his usual VR Tour driver. The possible driver swap would be Woods’ second equipment change at a major this year, after he put a new 3-wood in the bag at the Masters