Continued from page 1

Lytham was dry and relatively calm by British standards those two times. This year is different.

A miserable English summer of rain has left the course green and soft, and the rough so incredibly dense that Woods described some spots as unplayable.

That much was evident Tuesday morning on the 10th hole, when he slightly pulled his 3-wood into hillocks covered by thick native grass. Six marshals were looking for his ball. Woods simply walked past them — it was a practice round — and even when he was on the green, the marshals had not abandoned the search.

Throw in some wind, and the 206 bunkers that give Lytham its character, and it should be a demanding test.

“The rough is more lush. The fairways are softer. The ball is not chasing as much,” Woods said. “This is different. It’s a slower golf course, but still, it has some mounding in it. The bunkers are penal. And it’s just something that we as players are going to have to plod our way around.”

When he won his first Open in St. Andrews at 19-under 269, Woods famously went an entire week without hitting out of the bunker.