The Open 2022 LIVE: St Andrews golf news including tee times and latest odds as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy prepare for the 150th Open

Can Tiger Woods win the Open Championship?

The 2022 Open is finally almost here and St Andrews is hosting the 150th edition on the historic Old Course. Tiger Woods is back, Rory McIlroy enters the week as a favorite and defending champion Collin Morikawa is part of a star-studded field looking to make more history at the Home of Golf.

Jack Nicklaus once said ‘your career isn’t complete unless you’ve won an open championship at the home of golf’ and Woods admitted he agreed as he tried to spark the final leg of an incredible comeback after missing the US Open due to the lingering effects of that serious car accident in 2021.

It was a memorable Open last time out at St Andrews in 2015, with Zach Johnson picking up a second major title when he beat Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole play-off, which left Jordan Spieth agonizing just one stroke away. join them in pursuit of a grand slam schedule.

“It will be a special week of golf and having many great champions and future stars of the sport in attendance at this event is a great way to mark this historic championship,” Woods said. “St. Andrews has such a unique atmosphere, and I can’t wait to play in front of the fans again and on a course that will hold fantastic memories for me.”

Follow all the latest news and updates with our live blog below:

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LIV Golf and PGA Tour urged by Rory McIlroy to hold peace talks to avoid ‘splitting the game’

The shadow of LIV Golf – the new Saudi-backed tour offering huge prize money – hangs over this week’s Open as players continue to debate whether the rebel tour has harmed the game professional.

Rory McIlroy has been quite outspoken in his opposition to LIV Golf, but said the PGA Tour and DP World Tour should hold talks with the Saudi-funded series as growing tension between the tours is “dividing the game “.

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are among the top players to join the lucrative streak, which has resulted in suspensions and fines from the US and European tours.

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, was one of the most vocal critics on the breakaway circuit but said now was the time to find common ground.

“It has to happen,” McIlroy told BBC Sport when asked if peace talks should take place. “I wish it hadn’t been so messy…Looking back, there were probably some missed steps that wouldn’t have made things so messy.

“Everyone has to pivot and change and try to be better and hopefully get to that point, but… not all of the narrative is good. It divides the game instead of everyone coming together.

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Golfers learn about Old Course during practice

There is a relaxed atmosphere around St. Andrews as the professionals continue to prepare for the 150th Open Championship tomorrow morning.

The sun is blazing and the wind is not too bothersome. The course is firm and a little unpredictable after the ball bounces, so players will use today to familiarize themselves with the different parts of the course and how the different shots work.

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“I’m going to be a little more anxious,” says MacIntyre

Scotsman Robert MacIntyre will have plenty of home support from fans at St. Andrews this week, but admits his heart will be pounding on the first tee.

“Of course, I’ll probably be a little more anxious, a little more nervous at first.” said the 25-year-old Scotsman. “Once I get into it and after I play the first two holes, I play golf.

“I’m competing for the biggest tournament in the world. That’s why everyone is here. And it’s on a special golf course.

“I’ve had this dream since I was a little kid. When I was driving on Sundays, it was the first time I had goosebumps coming to St Andrews. I was always driving around town, and it was like, oh, we are in St Andrews.

“But when I came from up town and I had music, and I actually had goosebumps. I was like, wow, that’s just – that’s different.

“That’s what, like I said at the start, if I was going to play just one Open Championship, it would have been here. I haven’t had the best times here, but it’s just different. The Championship open here, again, it’s the biggest golf tournament you can play.”

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Lawrie will hit the first tee shot at the 150th Open

Hitting the opening tee shot of the Open is a once-in-a-career honor bestowed on a select few golfers and for the 150th anniversary of golf’s oldest major, the opportunity was given to Scotsman Paul Lawrie.

The 1999 champion golfer will begin proceedings at 6:35 a.m. Thursday morning and Lawrie relishes the chance to set the tone for what is sure to be a thrilling four-day run.

“It’s a huge week, a milestone,” he said. “The more you think about it, it’s actually a good thing to be asked to do the 150th.

“I’m always nervous at the first start, no matter what tournament I’m in. It’s the only time I’m nervous when I play, I don’t know why, I’ve always been like that.

“Thursday will be the same, if not more, but luckily it’s a nice wide fairway there. Now that I said it, it’s going to shrink a little on Thursday morning!”

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welcome to The Independents live coverage of The Open 2022.

St Andrews is hosting the 150th Open on the historic Old Course and there are plenty of stories to watch. Tiger Woods is back, Rory McIlroy enters the week as a favorite and defending champion Collin Morikawa is part of a star-studded field looking to make more history at the Home of Golf.

Jack Nicklaus once said ‘your career isn’t complete unless you’ve won an open championship at the home of golf’ and Woods admitted he agreed as he tried to spark the final leg of an incredible comeback after missing the US Open due to the lingering effects of that serious car accident in 2021.

The specter of LIV Golf also looms over the week, setting us up for plenty of drama, and we’ll keep you posted on all the latest news.

Michael C. Ford