British Open: Why Tiger Will Hoist Claret Jug at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Alex FieldCorrespondent IIJuly 19, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 19:  Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the twelveth green during the first round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 19, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods will trump the field at the British Open this week because of his deadly accuracy off the tee.

With the changing conditions at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, finding fairways is a must.

Luckily for Tiger, he has been precise with his drives in recent weeks and has captured a few victories along the way. Nonetheless, he has not found the smooth stroke necessary to capture his 15th major championship.

However, that will all change on Sunday when Tiger distances himself from the field.

Woods is currently tied for fourth at the British Open, as he shot a three-under 67 in the opening round. Adam Scott, the current leader, holds a three-shot advantage on Woods, as he cruised to a six-under 64.

Tiger opened as the favorite to capture his fourth Open title and had his precision on display from the onset.

He missed only one fairway, on the 15th hole, and shot a 30 through the front nine.

With his accurate drives, he was largely able to avoid the hazards that litter this course and can give golfers fits. By staying out of the mammoth-sized bunkers, Woods used solid approach shots to stay in contention for the lead.

He hit 15 of 18 greens on Thursday and is on pace with his previous performances. In all three of his Open championships, he opened day one by shooting in the 60s, according to ESPN.

Woods has been precise off the tee for much of the season, as his 64-percent driving accuracy puts him at 46th on the tour. This has been one of Woods’ most accurate seasons as well, as his accuracy is the highest it has been since 2009 when Woods missed the cut and was sent home early from the British Open.

But this season has already been different for Tiger, as he has captured a few tune-up victories and has looked like his dominant self at times.

All in all, Tiger must maintain his accuracy through all four days of the tournament. But if he does, the field does not stand a chance.

Woods is surely on track to nab his 15th major and begin his climb back to the No. 1 spot.