"Nobody could have tried to play the golf course the way he did, and nobody else could have played the way he did", said Padraig Harrington, who won The Open at Carnoustie in 2007. "It's a pretty cool feeling", said Fox, on the phone during a leisurely 500m stroll from his rented lodgings to the course. I think it was more "Stenson being Stenson" and he's fine, but if you're not willing to endure another week where you're sweating him, I understand.
There are eight Australians in the field, including 22-year-old Lucas Herbert from Victoria and 23-year-old Sydney talent Cameron Davis, both on debut, Davis having qualified with and incredible final round to win the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian last November.
Speaking of prices, that's how we're going to take a look at this, as we always do. There was a lot of movement, a lot more noise and an incredible buzz. "It's great seeing it on TV but it's even better in person".
The three-time victor of The Open spoke at his press conference on Tuesday, as he makes his return to the championship for the first time in three years.
With Day claiming Carnoustie's "fairways are faster than the greens" after a summer without rain, the Australian No.1 said he was likely to copy Woods' blueprint.
Links golf can cause problems that shake up a leaderboard with one missed shot, and as long as a player can stay out of trouble and navigate the course, the Claret Jug is anybody's to win.
"I've struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career and it's one of the reasons I really like the fact this putter has grooves in. You can be aggressive and try to fit it between bunkers and have shorter clubs in or you can lay back and play it much more conservatively".
Fox talks of two-irons running 300m-plus which isn't necessarily a good thing, and makes aggression a risk with nasty pot bunkers dotting the parched fairways. Jordan Spieth had won just a single Tour event, not three majors. It seems every major McIlroy plays these days begins with a lot of questions about why his barren streak has gone on so long and when it is going to end. "There's no surprises where the bunkers are and what the greens are like; it's purely going to be about the conditions".
"I remember that moment of crying in my mother's arms; of course I do", the 38-year-old told the Telegraph. The other Kiwi Mike Hendry, who qualified in Japan, is off at 11.20pm (Thursday NZT) alongside Lee Westwood and Kelly Kraft.
Amateur Sam Locke, who works part-time in 1999 champion Lawrie's Aberdeenshire golf centre, is playing his first Open.
For Fox, staying fresh has been the key, as he played just 27 practice holes at Carnoustie. He did miss the cut at the Dunhill Links back in November and isn't exactly known for his links acumen, but An offers a strong value at only $7,100 this week.
"I'm not putting any pressure on myself to perform". I hadn't even turned pro yet and didn't know what to expect or the journey that I was about to embark on.
Cameron Davis has been watching re-runs of The Open for the past couple of weeks.
Hadwin is enjoying the challenge of figuring out links golf and just how to maneuver his ball around from hole to hole.