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July 18 2010

4:09 PM

Tiger: Front-running 101

No one knows more about leaving a field in his dust than Tiger Woods. He won by eight shots here 2000; five in 2005. And, well, there was the 12-shot win at the 1999 Masters and the 15-shot win at the 2000 U.S. Open. So what does he think of Louis Oosthuizen's version of front-running here at the British Open? Pretty much an A-plus. So far. When Woods finished, Oosthuizen still had a four shot lead over Paul Casey and was up by eight over Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson. "He's doing all the things he needs to do,'' Woods said of Oosthuizen. " He's being consistent, putting all the pressure on Paul to come get him.  He doesn't need to go out there and shoot a low round today, just needs to be around par. "I figure par or under par is going to win the tournament for him.  Like I said to Tom (Rinaldi of ESPN) earlier, there's only one hard pin coming in, that's 16.  Otherwise he can play real defensive, real conservative and keep making his pars, and if he happens to get a hole like 14 where he can get there in two or 18 he can drive, take advantage of making a birdie there, and basically the tournament is his.'' -- Melanie Hauser
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