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Tiger Woods confirms he'll play at The Open Championship in Carnoustie

11 May, 2018, 03:58 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Tiger Woods confirms he will play in The Open at Carnoustie

Woods made his long-awaited comeback from back surgey earlier this year and finished in a tie for second at both the Honda Classic and the Valspar Championship. At one point, he suggested that he was about to retire, but reconstructive surgery proved far more successful than earlier attempts to sort out his issues and he shocked the world of golf with two top-five finishes in PGA Tour events.

"Carnoustie can be a brutal golf course and it was brutal that year [1999]".

The Open returns to Carnoustie for the first time since 2007 when Woods finished joint 12th when he was seeking a third successive victory. Part of the lucratice Rolex Series, which boasts a $7m purse, the tournament has been on the rise over recent seasons and, with player announcements expected over the coming weeks, championship director Simon Alliss has admitted Woods' attendance would be another major boost. Woods did play down the expectations before the event and after his T55 performance at the recently concluded Wells Fargo Championships, the expectations are lower as he begins his campaign at the Players Championship on Thursday.


Woods and Mickelson have played together 36 times in 25 events, with each beating the other on 16 occasions and four ending in ties.

Woods' 240-yard approached rolled through the back of the green and stopped on the fringe, but he buried an 18-foot eagle putt to get back to even par for the tournament.

"I didn't know what to expect this year", Woods said. "It's always been a blast". On Friday, he starts at 8:27 a.m. EDT on the 10th tee.

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