Woods hoping to draw on experience

Woods hoping to draw on experience

World number one Tiger Woods believes his experience of winning 14 Majors will help him end a long wait for number 15 at The Open tomorrow.

The 37-year-old American was the dominant force for a decade and accumulated golf's elite titles with alarming regularity but since 2008 the success has dried up.

Injury and much-publicised personal issues have contributed to that drought, but he will tee off in the final round at Muirfield in the penultimate group just two shots behind leader Lee Westwood.

"I've got 14 of these things and I know what it takes to win it," he said.

"I really do want to win and I'm looking forward to the challenge of it.

"I've been in this position before in the past five years and I've been in that hunt and I'm in it again.

"Hopefully tomorrow I can play well and win the tournament.

"I'm pleased where I'm at; I'm only two back. There's only one guy ahead of me."

Westwood is that man ahead of him and it could be argued he has a greater desire than Woods to lift the Claret Jug, as a major is the only triumph missing from the 40-year-old's trophy cabinet.

Woods played alongside his Ryder Cup opponent in the third round and shot 72 to the Englishman's 70 - although at one stage Westwood had a three-stroke lead over his rival and appeared to be set to surge ahead with the momentum.

It means the world number one cannot underestimate the home favourite on the final day.

"He's won tournaments all over the world. He knows how to win golf tournaments," he added.

"For me I was trying to grind along and play my own game, regardless of what Lee was doing or what anyone else was doing. This golf course is a tough test and I was just trying to execute my own game plan and wherever that ended up, it ended up.

"I ended up one-over par, which wasn't too bad, and he's two shots ahead and we're going to go out there and both compete and play.

"But it's not just us two. There's a bunch of guys who have a chance to win this tournament and all of us need to really play well tomorrow to win it.

"There's a lot of guys in there with a chance to win and anything can happen."

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