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Tiger Woods points out a landing spot during a practice round at Muirfield.
At this point, because we’re not sure exactly where Tiger Woods is physically, his greatest strength is the mental toughness he’s gained in his 68 major championship appearances.
If the elbow strain he suffered at the Players Championship in May is indeed no longer a factor, then his greatest strength is his overall game, which was good enough to win four times already this season.
He’s hitting the ball long enough off the tee, he’s hitting greens in regulation at a good clip (62.28 percent) and his putting seems to have returned as well (.833 in strokes gained putting).
What has cropped up occasionally this year, as it has throughout his career, has been inconsistency off the tee.
That would be a very bad thing for Woods at Muirfield.
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He uses his driver sparingly and accurately.
Conditions should be dry, hard and extremely fast, making it sound a lot like Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 2006. That year, the course was brown all around, and Woods used his 3-wood and irons off the tees and won his third Open Championship.
Sounds like a winning game plan for this week too.