Dan Reardon

Tiger Burning Bright – For the first time in some time there is legitimate interest in Tiger Woods as a factor in a major golf championship. Woods hasn’t won one since 2008 at Torrey Pines but three very good days at The Greebrier two weeks ago has heightened his own mood. The other factor may be St. Andrews.

Woods has played the Old Course in the Open Championship three times as a professional. In those three trips he has won twice, ridiculously dominating in 2000, finishing 19-under par. Eight of his 12 rounds have been in the 60’s.

St. Louis with the Assist – As Jordan Spieth looks to make it three consecutive major wins in 2015 this week at St. Andrews he will have his only head start courtesy of a St. Louisan. When Spieth arrived at the Old Course on Monday it was only the second time he had ever been on the grounds.

In 2011 Spieth was part of St. Louisan and Walker Cup Captain Jim Holtgrieve’s American team competing at Royal Aberdeen. Holtgrieve had made the determination early in his Captaincy to make certain his young players were steeped in golf history. To that end he took the group for one of their practice days to St. Andrews where they toured the historic clubhouse of the R&A and played the course.

Unfortunately, Spieth and that star studded American team were upset at Royal Aberdeen by an inspired group from Great Britain and Ireland.

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