But really, this is Woods' best chance to win a major this year.
"I hit a three iron 333 yards in practice on the 18th hole so when I get a bit older I can still chase a long club down there, so distance becomes a moot point".
According to Rose, anyone can win the 147th Open. I know if I play well I can compete with those guys but just because I feel a bit better about it doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to play well.
Tiger has three top-10 finishes this year.
The return of Woods, who inspired numerous 20-something Americans to take up the sport, will be intriguing to see if the sea air awakens the genius in him.
"You go to places like Augusta National, where it's just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you", he said.
Woods finished joint seventh in 1999 and in a tie for 12th in 2007 on his other visits to The Open at Carnoustie.
"The added bonus of that, from what I've been told, is you never lose a golf ball and there's no rough because there are so many people following his group that the rough is trampled down".
The Open Championship, which has produced three of his 14 career majors, might be his best bet now to add to that total.
The Open will be Woods' 12th tournament of the year in his comeback from a spinal fusion 15 months ago, and his return has been a work in progress, sometimes two steps forward and one step back.
" There were times when I didn't think this was possible but, lo and behold, here I am in my third major this year".
"Not to be smart, but it is the next major I'm playing, " Woods said with a laugh.
Woods's putter was a get-out-of-jail-free card in the first few starts of his comeback when his long game was understandably rusty.
"There's just not a lot of opportunities to hit driver, because the ball is going to be rolling 80 yards".
"Traditionally, the guys who have done well over the years have been wonderful feel players and wonderful lag putters because a lot of times it is hard to get the ball close and you have numerous putts from 40 or 50 feet".
For Fox, staying fresh has been the key, as he played just 27 practice holes at Carnoustie. "The real interesting test is how we're going to manage our way around the golf course".
And after fellow Masters champion, Patrick Reed joked that he would only watch Woods tackle Mickelson if they each put up their own money, Woods responded: "Of course, that is what Patrick would like to see and it would be good of him to put up that money (laughing)".
On Sunday, Woods played the par-4 fourth hole by hitting a 7-iron off the tee to avoid well-positioned bunkers.
Rory McIlroy - McIlroy hasn't played almost as poorly of late as people think.
When it comes to Tiger Woods' performance in 2018, however, it certainly is applicable. "I feel a bit more comfortable on this stage than I have in previous years, which is nice".