Tiger Woods says the Open is his best chance of winning a Major now… and for the next 20 years

TIGER WOODS says the Open is his best chance of winning a Major now – and for the next 20 years.

The 14-time Major champion, 42, is using Tom Watson and Greg Norman for inspiration as he returns to the links for the first time since 2015.

 Tiger Woods says the Open is his best chance of winning a Major now and in the next 20 years

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Tiger Woods says the Open is his best chance of winning a Major now and in the next 20 years

Watson almost became the oldest player to win a Major when he was pipped in a play-off at the age of 59 at Turnberry in 2009.

A year earlier it was 53-year-old Greg Norman who took a two-shot lead into the final round at Birkdale before losing out to Padraig Harrington.

But Woods, who is continuing his rehab from spinal fusion surgery, is positive the Claret Jug represents the best chance for him to reignite his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record 18 Major haul.

Asked if the Open is the best place for him to complete his career revival, he said: "As far as long term, certainly.

 Greg Norman came within a whisker of winning the Open in 2008 at the age of 53

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Greg Norman came within a whisker of winning the Open in 2008 at the age of 53
 Tom Watson almost won the Open when he was 59 years old

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Tom Watson almost won the Open when he was 59 years old

"I would say yes because of the fact you don't have to be long to play on a links style golf course, and look what Tom did at Turnberry at 59. It's possible.

"Greg was there at Birkdale at 53. It certainly can be done.

"You get to places like Augusta where it's just a big ballpark and the golf course outgrows you unfortunately. That's just the way it goes.

"But links style golf courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a three-iron that went 333 yards [earlier this week in practice].

 Tiger Woods has his game face on for the Open at Carnoustie

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Tiger Woods has his game face on for the Open at Carnoustie

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"Well, even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or a long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.

"Distance becomes a moot point on a links. But creativity plays such an important role, and you've got guys like Tom playing late in his career, doing well.

"There's a reason he's won five of these – very creative and hit all the shots."

Woods, who was filmed launching a foul-mouthed dig against opponents, admitted he thought he would never play in the Open again during a horror nine-month absence from the game following surgery.

He added: "I certainly thought I'd never play in this championship again.

"I remember how it feels to come down to the last hole with a chance to win it.

"And knowing that I may never have that opportunity again, there were some times in there where I just didn't feel very good.

"But now to have the opportunity to come back to Carnoustie to play here in Scotland again, I've said this before throughout this year, it's been a blessing."

TIGER WOODS says the Open is his best chance of winning a Major now – and for the next 20 years.