Brian Keogh reports on the Matt Kuchar meet up with Tiger for a test run at Hoylake and adds, "Grinning, the American (Kuchar) “We had a little match going down the last and he stuffed one in close from 160 to beat me. That was a bit of a bummer but it was more like the Tiger we are used to seeing.”
Going with what worked last time
It does appear that Tiger is going with his Hoylake 2006 strategy and rarely using driver off the tee whereas, "Kuchar used his driver liberally and confessed that the rough “got me good” a few times."
Brian also covers Rory McIlroy's performance at the Scottish Open and Rory's after final round comments.
“I need to play the par fives better for sure. There's four par fives at Hoylake and they are very reachable, very scoreable and that's where you make your score there. I only played the par fives this week in two-under par which isn't good enough. So need to try and take care of those a bit better next week to have a chance."
Matt Kuchar reckons that his driving accuracy is a strong point of his game so he will no doubt go with driver. As to which strategy Rory will employ only time will tell but given his focus on improving his par-5 performances there's a good chance he'll go with driver.
Rory said, “Hoylake is very fair. It's very as long as you avoid the bunkers off the tee…" But not just any bunker. Pot bunkers that you'd normally associate with green-side traps and not fairway bunkers.
Has Tiger still got the game to do it again at Hoylake? I'm inclined to think it will be his putting and not tee-shot accuracy which will tell the tale. Can he still make the clutch putts like he has in the past?
Flawless Justin Rose
Over at the Scotsman there's a headline, "Justin Rose’s flawless final round" which describes how the Englishman came and conquered Royal Aberdeen and much as he's to be admired in the final analysis it was Justin's putting that was the deciding factor.
Here's the link to Brian
Quote of the Day
“I had a 12-footer for birdie on the first and misread there and that was the story of the front nine…Justin was the opposite. He was from outside me most of the time and holing them. Once he was out in front, he was tough to catch." - Marc Warren commenting on his final day playing alongside Justin Rose