PGA golfer and Rhode Island resident Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the British Open at the legendary St. Andrews course in Scotland. "There's nothing quite like it," Faxon said of the difficult course. "You can't compare it to anything here [in the United States] at all, because there's nothing like it. A lot of players go over there for the first time and they hate it and they don't even want to go back. And then there's some players that just embrace it. Most of the players nowadays are embracing it, even though they don't know what they're talking about."
Asked about the chances of Tiger Woods winning five more major championships to surpass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors, Faxon replied: "I'd say it's up there -- it's 80, 90 percent. It's hard to imagine as well as he's played in the past him not doing it. I think his left knee bothers him a little bit. I don't think it's going to hinder his career for the next six, seven, eight years. I do think, however, this week is a huge week for Tiger Woods. He's dominated like no other at St. Andrews. He loves this golf course. He got off to a good start today."
Added Faxon: "Everything's going to get easier with him with his personal life. He's written the [divorce settlement] check, he's playing with his kids. His life's moving on."
Faxon said Woods can physically play a long time, and it's the mental approach that will make the difference. "He's very single-minded with this record.," Faxon said. "He really wants to break it. I think he can do it."
Asked for an underdog pick to win the Open, Faxon said: "I don't think darkhorses win at St. Andrew's. I don't think guys who have never played there win at St. Andrews. I think it has to be somebody who is a little familiar with the golf course."
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