Scottie Scheffler watches Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy win at the Open to help the Hoylake challenge.
World number one Scottie Scheffler has been watching “valuable” online videos of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods’ Open wins at Royal Liverpool to help him prepare for this week’s Championship.
McIlroy won the 2014 Open here, while Woods won the 2006 edition.
“I don’t remember much of Rory’s win but I have visited it on YouTube,” Scheffler, 27, told BBC Sport.
“The course was playing pretty similar to the way it is now so it’s a good tournament for me to look back on.”
Scheffler also said that he watched Woods’ victory “just to see the course”.
“I had never seen this course before,” he continued.
“I didn’t really know anything about it, other than the fact that it was really firm and Tiger only hit one driver for the entire week.
“Most of my young memories of Tiger are just watching him win a lot and seeing him make all the putts.
“Anytime I’m coming to a new course, I try to learn something about it before I get there versus just coming in blind. It really is a valuable tool for me.”
The American is playing in his third Open Championship, having finished joint eighth on his debut at Royal St George’s in 2021 and joint 21st last year at St Andrews.
And he had an impressive joint third place at last week’s Scottish Open at Renaissance Club.
“Last week was a good test for this week,” he added. “Renaissance is good warm-up coming into The Open, getting used to the different temperatures, food and time changes.