150th Open: Tiger Woods’ last time at St Andrews? Big win for Rory McIlroy? Stories to Follow | Golf News

Tiger Woods is chasing a historic 16th major title, while Rory McIlroy is looking for a first major since 2014 and England look set to win The Open after a 30-year absence; Watch all week live on Sky Sports’ dedicated open channel!

Last Updated: 11/07/22 11:00 AM

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Watch every moment of the 150th Open, live only here on Sky Sports.

Watch every moment of the 150th Open, live only here on Sky Sports.

Will the 150th Open be the last time we see Tiger Woods at St Andrews? Could the Old Course prove to be “too easy” for the world’s best? How will Rory McIlroy perform? Five storylines to follow this week…

What to expect from Tiger Woods?

Woods has made just two official starts since suffering career-threatening leg and ankle injuries in a car crash last February, two months after undergoing back surgery for the fifth time, although the 82-time PGA Tour winner always has been aiming to play in Scotland this week.

The 15-time major winner won his first Open title by eight shots at St Andrews and claimed a dominant victory at the same venue in 2005, with Woods telling reporters at the JP McManus Pro-Am last week that he wanted to “give it to at least another high level run” on the course.

As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, watch a selection of his best shots from the event.

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As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, watch a selection of his best shots from the event.

As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, watch a selection of his best shots from the event.

Woods missed the PGA Championship in May due to injury and dropped out of the US Open last month, although the break did not provide a noticeable improvement in his mobility around the golf course.

The 46-year-old largely used a buggy to get around the Adare estate, while Woods looked far from comfortable walking and stooping in two early practice rounds alongside Justin Thomas at St Andrews.

Tiger Woods was spotted practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

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Tiger Woods was spotted practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Tiger Woods was spotted practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Woods has overcome huge obstacles in the past, recovering from back surgery to win The Masters in 2019 and making similar comebacks throughout his storied career, but it remains to be seen how much longer Woods will continue to play when physically he is nowhere near able to fight.

Is this the week McIlroy ends his drought?

It has been 12 years since the world No. 2 last contested the Open at St Andrews, when McIlroy opened with a brilliant 63, slumped to a second-round 80 in terrible weather and fought back to finish tied for third.

Ahead of the Open next week, take a look at the best shots ever played at the tournament.

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Ahead of the Open next week, take a look at the best shots ever played at the tournament.

Ahead of the Open next week, take a look at the best shots ever played at the tournament.

McIlroy led from start to finish to win the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool, but was prevented from trying to retain the Claret Jug at the Old Course the following year after suffering an ankle injury while playing football.

The Northern Irishman has three top-five finishes at The Open since then and has finished no worse than eighth in the three majors so far this season, so it would be no surprise to see him in action this week in Scotland.

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McIlroy has finished outside the top 20 in a tournament just three times in the past year and is already a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, with the 33-year-old having another chance this week to claim a fifth major title and first since 2014.

Can an Englishman make it in Scotland?

It’s been 30 years since England last won the Claret Jug, when Sir Nick Faldo was crowned Champion Golfer of the Year for a third time after a one-stroke victory at Muirfield, although there are plenty of people on the course looking to end it this week in St. Andrews.

Sir Nick Faldo looks ahead to The Open, would he consider playing and Tiger Woods' chances.

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Sir Nick Faldo looks ahead to The Open, would he consider playing and Tiger Woods’ chances.

Sir Nick Faldo looks ahead to The Open, would he consider playing and Tiger Woods’ chances.

Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter all have experience of runner-up finishes at The Open, as does Tommy Fleetwood after finishing second to Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush in 2019, with the quartet part of a strong English contingent in the final men’s major of the year.

Tyrrell Hatton will be chasing a first major title at the venue where he twice won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, while all eyes will be on Matt Fitzpatrick as he follows up on last month’s US Open victory.

Fitzpatrick did not take part the last time St Andrews hosted The Open in 2015, having only turned pro the previous year, although the 27-year-old arrives as one of the favorites despite finishing no higher than 20th in his previous six Open appearances.

Matt Fitzpatrick talks to Sky's Nick Doherty about his Scottish Open second round form and that historic US Open win in Brookline.

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Matt Fitzpatrick talks to Sky’s Nick Doherty about his Scottish Open second round form and that historic US Open win in Brookline.

Matt Fitzpatrick talks to Sky’s Nick Doherty about his Scottish Open second round form and that historic US Open win in Brookline.

Are the big records in danger at St Andrews?

The lowest round in men’s major history remains the 62 posted by Branden Grace at The Open in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, but could we see a player go even lower at St Andrews this week?

The course record at St Andrews is 61, posted by Ross Fisher at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship that year, with the historic layout relying on the elements to truly test the world’s best players.

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The par-72 site is relatively short by today’s standards, stretching just over 7,300 yards in full length, while the lack of wind will leave the tee exposed to low and potentially historic points.

Asked if the old course could be “too easy,” Spieth told the Scottish Open: I think it could be. It’s hard for me to say that in 2015 we had so much wind that we couldn’t even play. But I think if it’s like it was this morning [calm] here, it’s really just a wedge race.”

Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by saying he will not be moving to LIV Golf after his agent hit back at the rumors yesterday.

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Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by saying he will not be moving to LIV Golf after his agent hit back at the rumors yesterday.

Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by saying he will not be moving to LIV Golf after his agent hit back at the rumors yesterday.

When is The Open live on Sky Sports?

Sky Sports The Open will show over 80 hours of live coverage from the iconic Old Course at St Andrews, more than ever before, with live programming on all seven days of the tournament week and a host of bonus extra features to enjoy.

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Live coverage of the opening two rounds will begin at 6.30am – before kick-off – and continue until the end of play, with wall-to-wall live coverage from 9am on Saturday and 8am for the final round on Sunday.

There will be plenty of extra action across all four days via Sky Sports The Open Red Button, along with Sky Q and Sky Glass, with groups available and selected holes to enjoy as the world’s best players battle it out with the Home of golf.

Watch the 150th Open all week live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel. Live coverage starts on Thursday from 6.30am live on Sky Sports The Open.

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