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  Saturday, 22 July, 2000, 23:03 GMT 00:03 UK
Woods will waltz to victory
Tiger Woods
Brown says Woods is playing some of his best golf
Ken Brown waxes lyrical on the talents of the unstoppable Tiger Woods as he looks set to smash the record win at a St Andrews Open.

It is difficult to talk about anything other than Tiger Woods - it has been an amazing performance, despite dropping his first stroke in 63 holes of championship golf at the second hole.

It looked like he might have been stuttering slightly and one or two players picked up a few birdies early on and it got very close, but suddenly he accelerated away.

He hasn't been in a bunker all week, he's playing flawless golf and it's been an amazing effort.


You have to say that he's the best golfer that has ever played and he's playing some of the best golf he's ever played
Ken Brown on
Tiger Woods

All his tee shots are in the right spot, he's laying up sometimes and being a bit more aggressive on the holes he can reach with his driver, holes like the 12th and the 14th - a par five he can reach in two.

You have to say that he's the best golfer that has ever played and he's playing some of the best golf he's ever played.

He's still got to beat Jack Nicklaus' record, but he's playing better than Nicklaus ever played.

Nicklaus didn't have as good a chipping and short game as Tiger has, although he didn't need it very often.

But Tiger doesn't have any weaknesses at all, his putting has been superb, and it looks likely that, unless he has a terrible final round, that he is just going to waltz to victory.


He's playing better than Nicklaus ever played
Brown on Woods as the modern day master

He hasn't missed a beat and it's just been very impressive. Nick Faldo holds the record for the lowest winning score at The Open here with 18-under in 1990 and I didn't think that would ever be beaten.

I know the weather has been favourable for all the players, with little or no breeze, and the little that we have had has helped the players because it allows you to work your iron shots into the wind so that you can get the ball to land a little softer on the greens.

The forecast was for the wind to pick up to maybe 15mph but that hasn't materialised and, in fact, it has probably dropped.

Tough pin positions

I thought scoring would be a little higher - there were some pretty tough pin positions out on the course.

But if the wind doesn't blow here, as hard as the fairways are, everyone's hitting it 300 yards and they're attacking the flags and using shorter irons - sevens, eights, nines and wedges - so it's made it a bit vulnerable and the players are taking full advantage.

Ernie Els had started to make a challenge and he took a six at the 12th, he put it in the gorse bushes there.

Seeing him at the end, he was very disappointed because he knew that he was putting a little pressure on Tiger and on a hole that's very much a birdie chance, he ended up taking a double bogey and at eight-under he's a long way behind.

The Open at St.Andrews
20th - 23rd July
See also:

22 Jul 00 | The Open
22 Jul 00 | The Open
21 Jul 00 | The Open
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