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Tiger fears 'unplayable' Open rough

ESPN staff
July 16, 2012
Tiger Woods familiarised himself with the bunkers at Royal Lytham © PA Photos

Tiger Woods feels the only way to prosper at this week's Open Championship is to keep the ball on the straight and narrow.

The former world No. 1 paid a visit to Royal Lytham at the weekend, mindful of the poor weather forecast ahead and he found rough that is best described as penal.

With the amount of rain that has hit Britain in the past couple of months, the normal wispy rough has been replaced by lush grass that Woods claims is "unplayable" in parts.

After his first practice round he said: "That rough - oh my God!

"It's just that you cannot get out of it. The bottom six inches is so lush.

"The wispy stuff, we've always faced that at every Open. But the bottom six inches in some places is almost unplayable."

Woods expects the weather to come in and make practice difficult in the next couple of days. He said: "It's why I did a lot of work out here because come the next few days you probably won't be able to get any.

"We had a different wind to last week, and it'll be interesting to see when the rain comes in if the wind will come from a another direction."

Zach Johnson will head into the Open full of confidence following his victory at the John Deere Classic and the victory saw him rise six places to 11 in the world rankings. The top ten in the rankings are unchanged, with Luke Donald still at No. 1.

World Rankings: 1. Luke Donald (ENG), 2. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 3. Lee Westwood (ENG), 4. Tiger Woods (USA), 5. Webb Simpson (USA), 6. Bubba Watson (USA), 7. Jason Dufner (USA), 8. Matt Kuchar (USA), 9. Justin Rose (ENG), 10. Hunter Mahan (USA), 11. Zach Johnson (USA), 12. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 13. Adam Scott (AUS), 14. Steve Stricker (USA), 15. Martin Kaymer (GER), 16. Phil Mickelson (USA), 17. Dustin Johnson (USA), 18. Louis Oosthuizen (SAF). 19. Charl Schwartzel (SAF), 20. Rickie Fowler (USA)

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