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Tiger Woods chasing historic 16th main title, whereas Rory McIlroy searches for first main success...

Tiger Woods chasing historic 16th main title, whereas Rory McIlroy searches for first main success since 2014 and England seems a winner at The Open after a 30-year absence; Watch all through the week reside on Sky Sports activities’ devoted Open channel!

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Watch each second from the 150th Open, reside solely right here on Sky Sports activities.

Watch each second from the 150th Open, reside solely right here on Sky Sports activities.

Will The 150th Open be the final time we see Tiger Woods at St Andrews? Might the Previous Course show ‘too straightforward’ for the world’s finest? How will Rory McIlroy carry out? 5 storylines to observe this week…

What can we anticipate from Tiger Woods?

Woods has made simply two official begins since struggling career-threatening accidents to his leg and ankle in final February’s car crash, two months on from present process again surgical procedure for a fifth time, though the 82-time PGA Tour winner has at all times set his sights on taking part in in Scotland this week.

The 15-time main winner received his first Open title by eight photographs at St Andrews and claimed a dominant victory on the identical venue in 2005, with Woods telling reporters on the JP McManus Professional-Am final week that he wished to “give it at the least yet another run at a excessive stage” on the course.

Woods failed to finish the PGA Championship in Could due to harm and sat out of the US Open final month, though the day without work hasn’t offered any noticeable enchancment in his mobility across the golf course.

The 46-year-old largely used a buggy to get round Adare Manor, whereas Woods appeared removed from snug strolling and bending down in two early follow rounds alongside Justin Thomas at St Andrews.

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

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Tiger Woods has been noticed practising at St Andrews forward of The Open.

Tiger Woods has been noticed practising at St Andrews forward of The Open.

Woods has overcome big hurdles previously, recovering from again surgical procedure to win The Masters in 2019 and producing related comebacks throughout his history-making profession, but it surely stays to be seen how for much longer Woods will proceed taking part in when he bodily is not wherever close to with the ability to contend.

Is that this the week McIlroy ends his main drought?

It’s 12 years because the world No 2 final contested The Open at St Andrews, when McIlroy began with an excellent 63, slumped to a second spherical of 80 in horrible climate and fought again to complete in a tie for third.

Ahead of next week's Open Championship, check out the top shots ever played at the tournament.

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Forward of subsequent week’s Open Championship, try the highest photographs ever performed on the match.

Forward of subsequent week’s Open Championship, try the highest photographs ever performed on the match.

McIlroy led from begin to end to win the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool, however was prevented from making an attempt to retain the Claret Jug on the Previous Course the next yr after struggling an ankle harm taking part in soccer.

The Northern Irishman has had three top-five finishes in The Open since and has completed no worse than eighth within the three majors up to now this season, so it might be little shock to see him in competition this week in Scotland.

McIlroy has solely completed exterior the highest 20 in a match thrice over the previous yr and is already a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, with the 33-year-old having one other likelihood this week to say a fifth main title and first since 2014.

Can an Englishman reach Scotland?

It is 30 years because the final English winner of the Claret Jug, when Sir Nick Faldo was topped Champion Golfer of the 12 months for a 3rd time after a one-shot victory at Muirfield, though there are a lot within the discipline trying to finish that run this week at St Andrews.

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

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Sir Nick Faldo seems forward to The Open, whether or not he would think about taking part in and Tiger Woods’ probabilities.

Sir Nick Faldo seems forward to The Open, whether or not he would think about taking part in and Tiger Woods’ probabilities.

Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter all have expertise in ending runner-up at The Open, as does Tommy Fleetwood after coming second to Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush in 2019, with the quartet a part of a robust English contingent concerned within the last males’s main of the yr.

Tyrrell Hatton might be chasing a maiden main title, on the venue the place he twice received the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship, whereas all eyes might be on Matt Fitzpatrick and the way he follows up final month’s US Open victory.

Fitzpatrick did not function the final time St Andrews hosted The Open in 2015, having solely turned skilled the earlier yr, though the 27-year-old arrives as one of many favourites regardless of ending no larger than tied-20th in his earlier six Open appearances.

Matt Fitzpatrick chats to Sky's Nick Dougherty about his second round form at the Scottish Open and that historic US Open win at Brookline.

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Matt Fitzpatrick chats to Sky’s Nick Dougherty about his second spherical type on the Scottish Open and that historic US Open win at Brookline.

Matt Fitzpatrick chats to Sky’s Nick Dougherty about his second spherical type on the Scottish Open and that historic US Open win at Brookline.

Are main data underneath risk at St Andrews?

The bottom spherical in males’s main historical past stays the 62 posted by Branden Grace throughout The Open in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, however might we see a participant go even decrease at St Andrews this week?

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The course document at St Andrews is the 61 posted by Ross Fisher on the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship the identical yr, with the historic structure reliant on the weather to actually check the world’s finest gamers.

The Open Reside

July 11, 2022, 3:00pm

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The par-72 venue is comparatively brief by trendy requirements, stretching out to simply over 7,300 yards at full size, whereas a scarcity of wind will see depart course uncovered to low and probably history-making scoring.

When requested whether or not the Previous Course may very well be “too straightforward”, Spieth mentioned on the Scottish Open: I feel it is perhaps. It is exhausting for me to inform given in 2015 we had a lot wind that we could not even play. However I feel if it is prefer it was this morning [calm] out right here, it is only a wedge contest, actually.”

Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight stating he is not moving to LIV Golf after his agent responded to rumours yesterday.

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Jordan Spieth wished to set the document straight stating he isn’t shifting to LIV Golf after his agent responded to rumours yesterday.

Jordan Spieth wished to set the document straight stating he isn’t shifting to LIV Golf after his agent responded to rumours yesterday.

When is The Open reside on Sky Sports activities?

Sky Sports activities The Open will present over 80 hours of reside protection from the long-lasting Previous Course at St Andrews, greater than ever earlier than, with reside programming on all seven days of match week and a bunch of bonus additional options accessible to take pleasure in.

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July 14, 2022, 6:30am

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Reside protection from the opening two rounds will start at 6.30am – earlier than the opening tee shot – and run via till after play is completed, with wall-to-wall protection reside from 9am on Saturday and 8am for Sunday’s last spherical.

There might be numerous additional motion all through all 4 days through the pink button on Sky Sports activities The Open, together with Sky Q and Sky Glass, with Featured Teams and Featured Holes accessible to take pleasure in because the world’s finest gamers sort out the Dwelling of Golf.

Watch The 150th Open all through the week reside on Sky Sports activities’ devoted channel. Reside protection begins on Thursday from 6.30am reside on Sky Sports activities The Open.