ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – It took three questions.
Tiger Woods has been back from his life-altering offseason for 4 months now. Yet yesterday was the first time most of the British media were given a go at him. And you know how they can be. So does the three-time British Open champion, who has hoisted two of those claret jugs at the timeless Old Course. When a microphone made its way into the hands of the third raised hand called upon in the standing-room-only interview tent, the game was finally on. The voice had an accent. Unless, of course, you call these islands home.
“Obviously, your public image is somewhat different to the last time you were here [in 2005] . . . ” the inquiring mind began. “How likely is that to impact on your week?”
The response: “It doesn’t impact it at all. I'm here to play a championship, and this is the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I mean, this is as good as it gets. It’s the home of golf. I’m just like every other player in the field, really looking forward to getting out there and playing the Open Championship.”