Tiger Woods believes links golf's tendency to level the playing field means The Open may represent his best chance of winning another major tournament.
It has been 10 years since Woods won the last of his 14 majors and 12 since he enjoyed the last of his three Open triumphs.
The 42-year-old American has struggled with injuries and off-course issues over the past three years and this week at Carnoustie marks the first time since 2015 that he has played the tournament.
The hot British summer has resulted in extremely quick fairways during practice days, meaning staying on the short grass can be tricky.
But Woods believes the unpredictable nature of links courses can play into his favour, pointing to the example of Tom Watson finishing runner-up at Turnberry in 2009 at the age of 59.
Asked if winning The Open represented his best chance of adding a 15th major, Woods initially brought laughter to the media room by replying: "Not to be smart but it is the next major I'm playing."
He then elaborated: "As far as long-term certainly I would say yes, because you don't have to be long [off the tee] to play on a links-style golf course.
"You look at what Tom did at Turnberry at 59, I believe. Greg [Norman] was there at Birkdale [in 2008] I think 54-ish. It certainly can be done.
"You get to places like Augusta National, it's just a big ball park and the course outgrows you unfortunately, that's just the way it goes.
"But links golf you can roll the ball. Even if I get a bit older I can chase some wood or long iron down there and hit the ball the same distance. Distance is a moot point on links.
"Creativity plays such an important role and you get guys like Tom playing well later in his career, there's a reason why he won five of these – very creative and hit all the shots."
Woods' troublesome back injuries led to fears over his career but he can feel his confidence growing with each tournament he plays.
"There were points in time where I thought I'd never play in this Championship again," he added.
"Watching it on TV is great, but it's even better in person. I remember how it feels coming down the last with a chance to win it and knowing I may never have that opportunity at times didn't feel good.
"But having the chance to come to Carnoustie and to play here in Scotland, it's been a blessing. There were times I didn't think I could do this again, but lo and behold here I am playing my third major of the year.
"Each tournament I keep coming back to I feel a bit better because I'm starting to play golf again, my feels are better, I have a better understanding on my game.
"More so than I did at Augusta [for the Masters]. I'm going to come with a bit more experience, I've made a few adjustments, I've changed putters, I've changed my swing since the West Coast swing.
"It's going a little bit better and I've been in contention a couple of times."
|Lipsky ends long barren spell in Malelane|
|Lakers´ Stephenson to repeat air guitar despite technical|
|Fletcher pushed Miller on to Broncos sack record|
|The Sarri effect: Hazard surpasses 2017-18 goal involvements in just 16 games|
|Van der Burgh retires on a high note with breaststroke double|
|Rashford: Liverpool was never an option|
|No team Liverpool play this season will be as motivated as Man United – Klopp|
|India surprised by contentious Kohli decision - Bumrah|
|The Sunday Seven - 7 Key Opta facts for NFL Week 15|
|Miller eyeing Joshua bout at Madison Square Garden|
|Finch cleared of serious damage after another finger blow|
|Rashford ´untouchable´ because he plays on his limits – Mourinho|
|It´s important to have his mentality - Mayfield thrilled with Kobe Bryant visit as Browns beat Bronc|
|Centurion Latham indebted to ´world-class´ Williamson|
|Spurs´ Dier out until January after appendix removal|
|A-League Review: Glory down Jets to stay unbeaten|
|Philander ruled out of first Test|
|Controversial Kohli dismissal puts Australia in command|
|Thunder´s Westbrook: ´When we defend like that — best team in the league´|
|Kante at his best further forward, reiterates Sarri|
|Rose capitulates in Indonesia to squander chance to top rankings|
|Fielding: The better man won but I lived a dream|
|Rallying Bulls stun Spurs, LeBron and Ball post triple-doubles|
|Latham century puts New Zealand in commanding position|
|Mayfield leads Browns past Broncos|
|Canelo-GGG trilogy? We can make it happen – Alvarez|
|Canelo outclasses Fielding by third-round TKO|
|Farmer retains title prior to Canelo-Fielding bout|
|Qatar unveils Lusail Stadium for 2022 World Cup|
|Lakers pair LeBron, Ball revel in triple-double feat|
|Allegri hails ´great professional´ Ronaldo|
|LeBron, Ball first Lakers team-mates with triple-doubles in same game since 1982|
|Premier League contenders Liverpool ready to win titles – Henderson|
|Hopkins´ two TDs help Texans close in on AFC South title with win over Jets|
|Courtois: Simeone criticises Real Madrid to boost popularity|
|Mourinho in the dark over transfers as Pogba rumours swirl again|
|Mourinho marvels at Salah going nuclear|
|The lucky ones - Mourinho assesses Liverpool´s title charge|
|Juventus boss Allegri turned his back on Ronaldo penalty|
|Dickerson hoping Barkley falls short of breaking his records|
|Bristol shock La Rochelle, Clermont win again|
|LeBron: Meeting Jordan for first time was godly|
|Ronaldo scores Juventus´ 5,000th Serie A goal|
|I was all over the place - Allen reaches Scottish Open final despite hangovers|
|Solari defends wasteful Asensio after slim Madrid win|
|Torino 0 Juventus 1: Ronaldo capitalises on Zaza woe|
|I do my work on the pitch – Icardi unconcerned by Inter contract discussions|
|Lyon defender Rafael set for three months out|
|Inter captain Icardi is the ´perfect´ striker – Spalletti|
|Fulham have to stick together, says Ranieri|
|Nuno hails ´very special´ Wolves achievement after third straight win|
|Stuttgart captain Gentner´s father dies at Hertha fixture|
|Valverde not desperate for new centre-back amid talk of Christensen loan|
|Toulouse and Saracens stay perfect in Champions Cup|
|Kovac lauds Bayern´s best performance of the season|
|Barcelona can get the best out of Coutinho and Dembele, claims Valverde|
|Borussia Dortmund 2 Werder Bremen 1: Alcacer and Reus guarantee top spot for mid-season break|
|Bristol City 2 Norwich City 2: Canaries knocked off their perch despite late equaliser|
|Atletico´s fighting spirit lauded by Simeone, Godin|
|Hodgson relieved to see Palace end Zaha curse|
|Real Madrid 1 Rayo Vallecano 0: Benzema secures steady response to CSKA loss|
|Fulham 0 West Ham 2: Snodgrass, Antonio punish profligate hosts|
|Warnock brands refereeing situation ´a disgrace´ after Watford defeat|
|Inter 1 Udinese 0: Icardi penalty gets lethargic Nerazzurri back on track|
|Wagner retains belief in survival bid despite Newcastle defeat|
|Griezmann feeling the strain after busy 2018|
|Pochettino ´so pleased´ as tired Tottenham scrap to Burnley win|
|Man Utd hand Smalling new contract|
|ES Tunis 0 Al Ain 3: Convincing victory books River Plate semi|
|Championship Review: Bamford fires Leeds to summit, Middlesbrough defeated by QPR|