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Formally, Tiger Woods’ prep work for subsequent week’s one hundred and fiftieth Open Championship is full. Unofficially, there’s nonetheless loads to be executed.
Woods touched off the two-round JP McManus Professional-Am at Adare Manor in Eire by capturing 77-74 to complete T39 alongside 2022 U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick. It was an uninspiring efficiency that additionally doesn’t suggest a lot within the grand scheme, particularly with a lot in retailer over the subsequent fortnight.
Woods mentioned Tuesday that he’ll keep in Europe for the subsequent a number of day as he works to arrange for the Outdated Course at St. Andrews, however he declined to say the place he can be enjoying.
“I do not need everybody coming down and watching us,” Tiger joked.
Would possibly he go play Royal County Down in Northern Eire, the place he famously (and allegedly) failed to interrupt 80 in 2000 en path to successful his first Claret Jug on the Outdated Course? Or maybe someplace even much less notable like Tralee the place Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler .
Regardless of the case, it is clear Tiger doesn’t have his greatest stuff proper now. He didn’t look nice at Adare Manor, which was not essentially surprising. Woods made 10 bogeys and a double over two days in Eire, countering these with simply three birdies and an eagle. That eagle, nonetheless, was fairly superior.
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The 14-time main winner has performed little in 2022. 4 rounds at the Masters earlier — the place he limped to a Forty seventh-place end — and a withdrawal after 54 holes on the PGA Championship constituted the seven skilled rounds he is put collectively this season. He missed the U.S. Open at Brookline a 3 weeks in the past whereas persevering with to rehabilitate his leg.
“The plan was to play the U.S. Open, however bodily, I used to be not in a position to do that,” Woods mentioned. “There isn’t any means bodily I may have executed that. I had some points with my leg, and it could have put this match in jeopardy, and so there is no purpose to try this.”
This Open Championship is crucial main of the final 20 years. It is the one hundred and fiftieth version of the world’s oldest vital match performed on the most consequential golf course on the earth at a time when skilled golf has by no means been in a extra precarious place.
“It is a fairly historic Open that we’re going to be enjoying,” Woods mentioned. “I am fortunate sufficient to be a part of the previous champions which have received there, and [I] wish to play there once more, and I do not know when they’re ever going to return whereas I am nonetheless in a position to play at a excessive stage. I wish to be in a position to give it not less than another run at a excessive stage.”
It is sobering to assume this could possibly be Woods’ final rip at St. Andrews for a significant championship, however he is virtually definitely right. Given how restricted his physique regarded on the first two majors of the yr, it is troublesome to check him contending at an Open Championship at St. Andrews at any time when the R&A returns once more.
Although there isn’t any date on the schedule for a future Open on the Outdated Course, however as an example it goes again in 2027. Tiger can be 51 then. It is unreasonable to imagine he can be even remotely aggressive, though it is virtually a assure that he’ll do all the pieces in his energy to be in attendance.
“If you happen to requested me final yr whether or not I might play golf once more, all of my surgeons would have mentioned, ‘No,'” mentioned Woods. “However right here I’m enjoying two main championships this yr. I’ll all the time be capable of play golf. Whether or not it is this leg or another person’s leg or false leg or completely different physique items which were positioned or fused, I am going to all the time be capable of play. Now, when you say ‘play at a championship stage,’ nicely, that window is unquestionably not so long as I would really like it to be.”
No person is aware of whether or not Tiger can be aggressive at The Open subsequent week, but it surely virtually would not matter. Simply to see him mentally wrestling as soon as once more with the one of many nice riddles in sports activities can be a deal with — one which we could by no means get to see once more.
If for some purpose, by some miracle, he does discover himself within the combine over the weekend on the Outdated Course, boy, one of many nice majors of the previous few many years may flip into one of many nice golf tournaments of all time.
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