The Tiger is back and raring to go again in The Open...

After missing last year's championship at Birkdale after undergoing knee surgery, Tiger reports that he's fit and well and looking to claim his first Claret Jug since Hoylake 2006 and his 15th major full stop.

In his packed-to-the-rafters press conference in the Media Centre, the world no. 1 re-iterated his love of links golf and The Open as well as revealing how relieved he is to be fit and playing well again following his recent AT&T victory.

"I fell in love with links golf right away. It doesn't get much better than St Andrews and Carnoustie.

"I just fell in love with being able to use the ground as a friend, as an ally. We don't get to do that in the States - everything is up in the air."

Woods is clearly delighted to be fit again after his longterm injury problems. "It's just nice to be able to play with a leg that dosn't make any noise! It's now stable and not moving on me like it was. That's very re-assuring when you go out and play."

It's been 10 long years since a Brit last won the Open but Woods says there's no reason why one shouldn't reign at Turnberry this week. "It's just like anything, you've got to play well at the right time.

"That's all it boils down to - whether you're British or what have you. It's about putting together four good rounds at the right time and unfortunately they just haven't done that in recent times."

Tiger remains supremely confident of showing them exactly how it's done on the magical Ayrshire links...