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On Saturday evening, Tiger Woods returned to the scene of two of his Claret Jug victories, with the 46-year-old appearing alongside Justin Thomas as he ramped up preparation for the 150th Open Championship.
Along with his appearance on Saturday, Tiger was up early for a practice round on Sunday morning, as the 15-time Major champion continued his practice around the Old Course. Although he appeared to be swinging well, the American was visibly hobbling and struggling over the iconic layout, with Sky Sports reporter, Jamie Weir, who was present at St Andrews, stating: "He does not look in a great deal of comfort".
Although he was struggling, that didn't stop Tiger from producing a bit of magic, as the three-time Claret Jug winner drove the iconic 18th hole in a demonstration of 'beware of the injured golfer.'
On the 18th @TigerWoods drives the green. pic.twitter.com/bEBrofIkJBJuly 10, 2022
Tiger drove it to here to finish on 18. Left the eagle putt short #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/I99rpvY6MZJuly 10, 2022
The 18th hole has been the scene of many, many famous moments. In 1995, Constantino Rocca duffed his chip shot before holing an incredible birdie putt from the valley of sin to force a playoff with John Daly.
Claiming The Open Championship three times, Tiger stated after the Masters that St Andrews is his "favourite course," with the 46-year-old being pictured and videoed multiple times throughout his practice round on Sunday.
Perks of winning The Open
Along with featuring in the The 150th Open Championship, 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.
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 studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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