The LPGA Tour will tee it up for the first time this week at Royal Liverpool at Hoylake Golf Club for the RICOH Women’s British Open. Hoylake last hosted the Open Championship in 2006 when Tiger Woods won his 11th major. As an exclusive to lpga.com, Tiger Woods wrote about his memories from that win.
In 2006 at Royal Liverpool there was a heat wave and the fairways were really baked out. I had looked at the forecast before my trip and decided that I didn’t need to hit driver. The course was nearly 7,300 yards, but it was playing a lot shorter. The ball was running forever. I think I hit only one driver all week (No. 16, first round). I made a decision that it was more important to be playing from the fairway than it was to be long. I had a game plan and I stuck with it.
When I got to Hoylake I had to decide whether to lay up to the fairway bunkers or try to fly them. They had redone the bunkers and you couldn’t advance the ball. There were some that you had to hit it out sideways. By staying with my plan, I think I hit over 80 percent of the fairways utilizing a 3-wood and a 2-iron. I had three eagles that week and nothing bigger than my seven bogeys.
It was a very emotional week for me. My pop had died two months earlier and my feelings really poured out after the last putt. I was thinking of all the things that my father had meant to me and I was wishing he would have seen it one more time. I think my pop would have been very proud of me that year. He was always on my case about thinking my way around the golf course.
I remember at the trophy presentation saying that my dad was out there Sunday keeping me calm. I had a very calm feeling the entire week, especially that last round. I shot 67, won by two and captured my 11th major.
Topics: Ricoh Women's British Open