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Woods suffers in St Andrews gales

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Tiger Woods was among the players whose pre-Open practice rounds at St Andrews on Sunday were hit by strong winds.

Woods's tee shot at the 11th ended up on the seventh green as gusts blowing across the Old Course hit 50mph.

"Nobody can play St Andrews [in conditions] like this," said the world number one on the 18th tee.

Fellow American Scott Verplank's putt at the fourth ran 10ft past the cup but the ball was then blown back past his feet and ended up 20ft behind him.

Henrik Stenson had similar problems on the par-three 11th as he blasted out of the Strath bunker some 20ft past the hole.

The wind blew the ball back towards him until it was off the green, although it did not return to the bunker.

"The course needs a bit of wind," said the Swede. "But this is too much for anybody on any day."

Peter Dawson, chief executive of Open organisers the R&A, admitted similar conditions next Thursday would make the course unplayable.

"We like having a bit of wind, don't we?" he said. "Just not like this."

The forecast for later this week is for wind speeds of up to 30mph, which would be tough but manageable.

Strong winds were notably absent at St Andrews both in 2000, when Woods won on 19 under par, and again in 2005, when he won with a score of 14 under par.

Despite the troubles in his private life which led to him taking five months away from the game, he is still seen as a strong favourite to win his 15th major this week.

American veteran Paul Goydos has qualified for the Open Championship after claiming second place at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic.

The 46-year-old finished two shots behind Steve Stricker, who successfully defended the title he won last year in Silvis, Illinois.



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