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  Saturday, 22 July, 2000, 22:51 GMT 23:51 UK
Tamers facing more agony
Woods has yet to hit top gear in The Open
Woods has yet to hit top gear in The Open
Tiger Woods has warned his rivals for The Open title that he has yet to hit top gear in the tournament.

A leader by six shots heading into the final round, Woods said the best of him was yet to come as he strives to become the youngest golfer to complete the Grand Slam of Majors.

In response to a question as to whether his six stroke lead would prompt him to curb his aggressive play, a surprised Woods replied: "I haven't really played that aggressive to be honest with you!

"Look at the way I've played. Pin locations are such where it is hard to play aggressive," he said.


I haven't really played that aggressive to be honest with you
Tiger Woods

To be leading the field by such a margin without extending himself serves as a reminder of just how far ahead of the world's best golfers Woods is.

But the precociously talented 24-year-old refused to believe the title was in the bag.

"Yes, it's possible," he replied when asked if he could be caught.

"I would have to go out there and not exactly execute the shots I want to execute and David (Duval) or someone else like Thomas (Bjorn) or someone else at 8 or 9 under has to play a wonderful round of golf," he said.

Pressure

Duval said that he felt he was still in with a chance and Woods recognised that he would be under pressure in the final round but it was nothing he had not experienced in the past.

"I understand what it takes to play in the final round of any tournament," he said.

"You can't let yourself look ahead to the final outcome because if you don't take care of the present the final outcome may not be what you want.

"Any time you have a lead you are under pressure, but I have played in the big leagues before," he added.

Woods deflected questions about completing his Grand Slam set and beating Nick Faldo's record aggregate score for an Open at St Andrews of 18 under par.

"I am going to go out there and play the best I can and whatever happens happens. If I break it so be it and if I don't, so be it," he said.

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