Former world No1 Tiger Woods insists he can win “absolutely” the Open this week, despite a Major drought that dates back to 2008 and his fall to 241 in the rankings.
Two of the American’s three Open victories have come at St Andrews, scene of this year’s contest, and Woods believes his experience of the Home of Golf’s nuances could give him an edge.
“It’s my favourite golf course in the world,” he said. “I love coming back here and seeing it and remembering all the shots and remembering all the good times I’ve had here.”
Woods, who won at St Andrews in 2000 and 2005 will play the first two rounds alongside Louis Oosithuizen, who won the Open there in 2010, and Australia’s Jason Day.
World No2 Jordan Spieth, who is aiming to land the third leg of a major clean sweep, is with fellow American Dustin Johnson and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.
English hope Justin Rose has been drawn alongside three-time winner Nick Faldo, 57, and American Rickie Fowler, who won his second title of 2015 at the Scottish Open on Sunday.