Gary D'Amato talks British Open and Tiger Woods' chances

Jul 15, 2014; Wirral, Merseyside, GBR; Tiger Woods tees off at the 18th during a practice round for the 143rd Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Photo: Image by Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Gary D'Amato talks British Open and Tiger Woods' chances

By Matt Trebby. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool starts early on Thursday morning, and Gary D'Amato of the Journal Sentinel joined Sports Central to preview the tournament.

Primarily, D'Amato was asked about the tournament's main attraction: Tiger Woods.

Woods is making his return to action in a major after a lengthy absence and will hope to get back toward the top of the leaderboard.

He did win the tournament when it was in Royal Liverpool in 2006, so can he do it again?

"Who knows? I mean he could play really, really good and miss the cut," D'Amato said. "Rarely when we talk about Tiger Woods are there so many questions marks about how he's going to play."

D'Amato noted that there isn't much that is special about Royal Liverpool in comparison to the type of courses that usually host The Open Championship.

"As far as a pure links course, it's pretty close to what we see every year over there,"D'Amato said.

Back in 2006 when Woods won the tournament, the course was extremely dry. They don't do much to water the course, and D'Amato noted that Woods usually hit his 2-iron off the tee because of how the ball would roll.

So this should be a good place for Woods to get back on a winning track, right? When asked whether he could ever get back to the dominant form that made him the best golfer in the world, D'Amato said the chances aren't great.

"I don't think so," D'Amato said. "There's so many problems with this swing, with his putting, with his physical - his knee and now his back - and he's had personal problems... I don't think we see the Tiger we ever saw at any point from say '97 to 2006."