"To win here has been one of the biggest highlights of my career," he stated. "It's amazing how many great champions have won here and to be a part of that history is a pretty neat feeling."
He continued: "It's great to be back at this golf course. It's playing a bit different to the (other) times I've played here - the greens are a little bit slower - but by the end of the first practice round I was getting a feel for it.
"The weather coming in is not so good, so all the players will have to make some adjustments ,but the course is in spectacular shape.
"You're going to have some real long putts here no matter how you hit it and you just have to get down in two."
On his new putter, Woods added: "I've always been tempted to change my putter on slower greens. I've always struggled when greens are really slow. I always feel more comfortable when the greens get quick.
"This putter does come off faster. It rolls the ball better and rolls it faster so I've had to make very little adjustment in how hard I'm hitting it compared to if I had my older putter.
"I've always experimented with other putters throughout the years, but I've never put one in play until now."
Scottish golf fans have always been fantastic. They have been great to me over the years
Woods was inevitably asked questions about both his private life and his public image during Tuesday's media conference at St Andrews and repeatedly said: "I'm trying to be a better player and a better person."
He revealed he "had a great time with my kids" after jetting home ahead of the Open but when asked about reports that he has agreed to a divorce settlement with wife Elin, he replied: "I'm not going to go into that."
Woods also refused to go into any detail about his recent interview with the FBI concerning Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, who helped him recover from knee surgery in 2008 but has since been charged with administering unlawful drugs.
The player, who has vehemently denied ever taking performance-enhancing substances, said: "I can't go into any of that because of the fact that's an on-going case. I can't comment."
Woods added that he expected to get a good reception at St Andrews and commented: "Scottish golf fans have always been fantastic. They have been great to me over the years. I wouldn't see anything different than what they have been over the years."
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