"If you'd told me 10 years ago that I'd be playing in the British Open in the group behind Tiger the first two days I would have told you to get lost".
For Fox, staying fresh has been the key, as he played just 27 practice holes at Carnoustie.
"Each tournament I keep feeling a little bit better because I'm starting to play some golf again", he said.
Woods has returned to the Tour in 2018 after recovering from his fourth back surgery. Those little moments like that - that was my introduction to links golf. "I love playing here, this type of links golf, or a style of links golf down on the Aussie sand belt. because it is creative".
"We're not going to get the most ideal bounces". And I think that's the fun challenge of it. That 1999 Open, where Jean Van De Velde famously imploded with a triple-bogey seven on the final to lose to Lowrie, had an aggregate score of 2,660 over par.
Might this be his best shot at winning another major? It gives him a chance to use his creativity - the thing that so excited him the first time he visited Carnoustie.
"The guys who have done well have been wonderful feel players and also wonderful lag putters", he said, citing Tom Watson, who almost won the Open at age 59 in 2009, and Greg Norman, who contended at Birkdale the year before at 53.
"As far as long-term, certainly I would say "Yes", because of the fact you don't have to be long to play on a links-style golf course", said Woods, who has not played The Open since missing the cut in 2015.
"You get to places like Augusta National (site of the Masters) and it's just a big ballpark and the course outgrows you, unfortunately". "That's just the way it goes. Distance becomes a moot point".
To adjust to the conditions - Woods said the fairways were actually running faster than the greens a few days ago - he has chose to stick a 2-iron with 17 degrees of loft in his bag this week. That's been attributed to an atypically dry and warm summer in the region. The next day, his drive was a few yards short of the burn. My feels are much better than they were at the beginning of the year and I feel like I have a better understanding of my game and my body and my swing. "I like all of them". He said that on Monday, he hit a 3-iron off the 18th tee that traveled 333 yards. But links-style golf course, you can roll the ball. For the week, Woods hit just a single driver, choosing to play irons off the tees for positioning and wearing out the field with some incredible iron play to the greens.
Johnson figures he'll hit driver on half of the holes. "We've seen winners of this championship come out of the blue before".
Rory McIlroy is silhouetted on the 16th green during a practice round for the British Open.
Of Woods' 14 major titles, three have come at The Open: 2000, 2005 and 2006.
"But then it is going to be one of those weeks where you will not see the guys hitting woods off the tee given the fairways are so quick as it going to be all about keeping the ball in front of you".
McIlroy for one will be desperate to end four years without a major and disprove those who think even at just 29 the wow factor of earlier years has lost its sheen. He is playing the first two rounds with Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
Especially when you're 19 years old and trying to bounce a ball off a 100-meter sign with a 4-iron.
"I'll never forget hitting the first tee shot and being as young as I was, getting up there, and it was 308, " Reed said.
"No, I'm just enjoying this", replied Tiger.