Tiger Woods Returns To St Andrews Ahead Of 150th Open

Tiger was spotted alongside close friend, Justin Thomas, as both practised till 11pm at the Old Course

Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas walk down the fairway at St Andrews
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An Open Championship is always a special occasion. However, add in the fact that it's the 150th edition at St Andrews and that occasion has been ramped up even more!

Already a huge, huge event, the appearance of Tiger Woods has only increased the atmosphere around the tournament, with the three-time Claret Jug winner spotted playing St Andrews with Justin Thomas into the late hours of the night.

Carrying just a putter and a handful of wedges, the Major winners practised on the iconic layout to nearly 11pm, with both men then returning to the Old Course early on Sunday, as both ramped up preparation for the final men's Major of the year.


What's amazing about the Old Course is that it remained open to the public throughout Saturday, just a week before the World's elite will be making it to the really serious end of The Open Championship.

At 7pm on a beautiful evening, those in attendance saw Tiger make an appearance, with the 15-time Major winner joined by his good friend, Justin Thomas. Tiger, who has won the Claret Jug at the Home of Golf twice, claims that St Andrews is his "favourite course," with the 46-year-old back to familiarise himself with the layout. 

What's more, because it was open to the public, those in attendance were able to get near the Hall of Famer, with crowds keeping a respectful distance as both practised throughout the evening.

After rounding up his practice session, which primarily focused on chipping and putting, Tiger and JT returned on Sunday morning for yet further practice. However, Tiger seemed to be hobbling considerably, with Sky Sports reporter, Jamie Weir, who was present at St Andrews, stating: "He does not look in a great deal of comfort".

Tiger is set to tee it up at The R&A's Celebration of Champions on Monday, where he will play alongside Rory McIlroy, Georgia Hall and Lee Trevino. From there, he will attend the Champions Dinner on Tuesday, with the tournament getting underway on Thursday.

It's the third competitive event that the 46-year-old has played following his serious car crash back in February 2021. At Augusta, Tiger amazingly made the cut before visibly struggling on the weekend. After the Masters, he featured at the PGA Championship, where he withdrew before the final round. Electing to skip the US Open, Tiger then featured in the JP McManus Pro-Am, using a golf cart, before playing a round with Rory McIlroy at Ballybunion.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x