Many players have won majors playing worse than Woods has played this year, and they weren't Tiger Woods.
There is also the hair.
It can be argued that Hadwin is considerably different than the golfer who showed up here in Scotland a year ago. "This is my fourth time playing it as a tournament (he played it once as an amateur)".
The noise of that nine iron is Oberholser's abiding memory of playing with Rory McIlroy at the 2007 Open at Carnoustie.
"Brown is attractive, right?" joked Hadwin about the particular hue dominating the golf course.
Padraig Harrington, a fellow Irishman, called for some perspective when analyzing McIlroy, who has a win this year, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
"When I looked in the mirror back then, I didn't think it was as big as it was, " McIlroy said. He has three top-10 finishes and has collected $1.4 million.
"I expect to play well", said Hadwin.
Prior to those finishes, his best was a third in 2010 at St. Andrews. "There is not one player that has a game plan on a Wednesday night and is going to stick to it for the whole 72 holes". Sometimes the pressure that's put on the top guys to perform at such a level every week, it starts to weigh on you a little bit. "It's a challenge to find out just how far it's going to go, especially down breeze". I think it was more "Stenson being Stenson" and he's fine, but if you're not willing to endure another week where you're sweating him, I understand.
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'It's going to favour a patient player for sure. Marc Leishman, for instance, hit a seven iron tee shot on a par-four in practice just to keep himself out of one of the pot bunkers.
Hitting driver makes some sense for Johnson. He says, with his signature brevity, that he will hit driver "a lot of times". "The bunkers here are truly a water hazard".
"You can't click into this style of golf quickly, especially when the fairways are as fast as they are now", he told BBC Sport.
The young quartet of major holders Spieth, Koepka, Patrick Reed (Masters) and Justin Thomas (PGA Championship) are expected to be in contention as they look to extend the USA winning run to six majors. Rory is well on pace to get into double digits with majors, but it has got harder. Spieth, who will try to become the fifth player in the last 50 years to win back-to-back in the British Open, plays in the morning side of the draw.
Alex Noren - The Swedish star came in tied for sixth at last year's Open at Royal Birkdale and enters the week in fantastic form.
"I was on a nice run there from 2011 to 2014, " he said.
"Look what Tom (Watson) did at Turnberry at (age) 59, I believe he was (in 2009, when he almost won the tournament)".
The conditions are as brittle as Muirfield in 2013, though most comparisons are with Hoylake in 2006, when Woods won the Open for the second straight time by hitting driver only one time all week.
I'll never forget the moment he took off his socks, and you knew you were witnessing something that would go down in golfing history.