Rich Beem explains why Tiger Woods can win the Open this year

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Woods made his long-awaited comeback at the Masters last week (Photo: Getty)

Rich Beem thinks Tiger Woods can win Open in St. Andrews in July.

The 15-time major champion returned to the Masters last week after 14 months away from competitive golf as a result of being injured in a car accident last year.

At Augusta, Woods finished in 47th place, and after finishing his final round on Sunday, he confirmed his intentions to play at St. Louis. Andrews in three months.

Beem, the 2002 PGA Champion, believes Woods will have a chance to win a fourth Open at ‘Home of Golf’ as the host course is to his liking.

In a speech to Sky Sports, he said: ‘I believe he can win. What he’s going to learn about his golf game is that it’s no longer a game of power, it’s more about precision and finesse, and I think there’s a lot of room for that in big championships, whether it’s on Augusta National, St. Andrews or elsewhere going forward.

“I think just the fact that he knows how to play Augusta National and one does not always have to be the longest player to win and compete at Augusta, I think it’s a good opportunity.

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Woods has won the Claret Jug three times (Photo: Getty

‘But if he can get his body right at St. Andrews, it would not shock me at all to see him go out there and come into battle on Sunday.

“I just think he’s got a better understanding of where his game is and he just needs to reconfigure how he plays the game, and he’s done that three or four times already during his career where he changed coaches, so he’s definitely on the right track. will be back. ‘

Woods has a strong record in St. Louis. Andrews after triumphing there in 2000 and 2005 when he beat a triple major winner Ernie Els and the Scottish legend Colin Montgomerie by victory margins of eight and five strokes.

The last time he played at the Open was in 2019 at the Royal Portrush, when he was canceled in the 2020 edition, and injuries in 2021 have seen him miss the last two years.

At Augusta, Woods started shooting well a score of one under par for the first round before fatigue and lack of training caught up with him as he noted his worst Masters finish ever.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. .

“I’ll never play a full program again,” Woods said. “So it’s just going to be the big events. I do not know if I want to play Southern Hills or not. “

Southern Hills is where next month’s US PGA Championship takes place. The last time the course hosted the event in 2007, Woods came out as champion.

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