Tiger Woods is starting to play much better, so can he translate his improved play to his first major in a few years? He's won two tournaments in the past few months, and he should be in contention this week as well.
Woods has had his success with Royal Lytham before, finishing with a one-under round in 2001 and a tie for 25th. Woods also played the course in 1996 in one of his final tournaments as an amateur; he was the only amateur in the field to make the cut and finished in a tie for 22nd. He has won three British Opens, including twice at Saint Andrews and one at Royal Liverpool.
The British Open will be broadcast on ESPN exclusively (and a tape-delay of the final round on ABC). Here's the info on live coverage below:
Thursday, July 19: 2 a.m. PT - noon PT (ESPN)
Friday, July 20: 2 a.m. PT - noon PT (ESPN)
Saturday, July 21: 4 a.m. PT - 11:30 a.m. PT (ESPN)
Sunday, July 22: 5 a.m. PT - 10:30 a.m. PT (ESPN)
Other golfers with Bay Area connections include John Daly (born in Carmichael), Nick Watney (born in Sacramento), and Tom Watson (like Woods, a Stanford alum).
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