British Open 2022 Round 1 free live stream: how to watch, tee times, channel | Tiger Woods, St. Andrews

Tiger Woods returns to the golf course on Thursday as part of the St. Andrews course for the 2022 British Open. The first golfers depart at 1:30 a.m. Eastern.

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Collin Morikawa is the defending champion after beating Jordan Spieth by two strokes at Royal St. Georges. It starts at 4:58 a.m. in a group with Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele.

Woods will start at 9:59 a.m. in a group with Matt Fitzpatrick and Max Homa.

What: British Open 2022.

When: Thursday July 14-Sunday July 17, 2022.

Where: St. Andrews Golf Course, Scotland.

TV coverage: Thursday and Friday, 4am-3pm (USA Network); Saturday, 5 a.m.-7 a.m. (USA Network), 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 4 a.m.-7 a.m. (USA Network), 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (NBC).

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Find out what the Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson wrote about the unique test that the classic Old Course at St. Andrews brings to the British Open.

Tiger Woods is one of the few who can appreciate the way the Old Course was once played.

His first time playing at St. Andrews for the British Open as a pro was in 2000, and on his final day of practice Woods ripped through a driver in relatively benign conditions at the front of the green on the ninth hole of 352 meters.

Then swing coach Butch Harmon brought out a replica of the gutta-percha golf ball from over a century ago. Woods ripped another driver, then a 5 iron just over the back.

Such is the mystique of St. Andrews, especially the Old Course.

This is the 150th edition of the Open, and it has been 149 years since it was first held at the birthplace of golf. Yes, the course has changed over the years. And yes, the evolution of the game has lowered the scores with each generation, just as the times have deteriorated on the track and in the pool.

But it’s still the Old Course.

“Even with advancements in technology, this golf course still stands the test of time,” Woods said. “It’s still very difficult, and it’s obviously dependent on the weather. You have wind like we did today, it’s quite a test.

It was Tuesday, the strongest wind of the week. Woods hit the 6-iron for his second shot on the 386-yard 10th hole. He was 120 meters into the wind. With a different wind, maybe even no wind, it can still get the driver around the green.

Amid so much celebration of history this week at St. Andrews, there are rumors that the Old Course may be on display as obsolete. He’s already using parts of three other courses to extend it to 7,313 yards. And even though it’s a par 72 with only two par 5s, at least four of the par 4s could be accessible from the tee given how crisp the links are this year.

And the fearsome wind, which along with the bunkers is the Old Course’s great defense, should be little more than a gentle breeze.

Rory McIlroy still regrets a 3-foot birdie putt he missed on the 17th hole of the first round in 2010. He had to settle for a 63. And then the wind came and he shot 80.

Jordan Spieth, who missed the playoffs by a stroke in 2015 on his St. Andrews debut, raised concerns last week when he said the British Open could be little more than a “corner contest” if the wind went on vacation.

The reason why he resists the modern game? “Because of the weather,” he said. But then he quickly added, “I don’t think it stands the test of time if it’s benign.”

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