Why Tiger Woods Will Be At St Andrews in July

The 15-time Major winner will likely be at the 150th Open next year, even if he's not fit enough to play...

Tiger Woods holds the Claret Jug on the 18th green at St Andrews
Woods hoists the Claret Jug after winning the 2005 Open Championship at St Andrews
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Tiger Woods made his first public appearance since his February car crash prior to this week's Hero World Challenge where he was downbeat on his golf game and said he was thankful to still have his life and all of his limbs.

The 15-time Major winner made it very clear that he is not ready to return any time soon, although the 150th Open at St Andrews in July would be a fitting place for him to make his comeback. Woods has won The Open twice at St Andrews, in 2000 and 2005, and described it as his favourite golf course in the world. However, he still may not be fit enough to play by July, but chances are he'll make the trip over anyway for the Champion's dinner.

“I would love to play at St. Andrews, there's no doubt about it,” said Woods. "It’s my favourite golf course in the world. To be a two-time Open champion there and even just being a part of the Champions Dinner is really neat.

Tiger Woods with the Claret Jug after winning the 2000 Open Championship at St Andrews

Woods won his first Claret Jug at St Andrews in 2000

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“I got to attend my first one in '05 and it was pretty neat to be a part of. Peter Thomson was still alive, and I sat right next to him and to hear him tell stories of when he came over and he played and shots he played and how he did it, that was awesome. Those dinners are priceless and those stories, listening to them talk about how they played, when they played it and what they did, it's just an honor to be a part of a room like that.

“Yes, I would love to be able to play that Open Championship, there's no doubt about it, and hopefully I can."

R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers was delighted to hear the news that Tiger is hoping to tee it up. “We are delighted to see Tiger looking well and continuing his recovery. He is one of golf’s and The Open’s greatest champions and it would be fantastic to see him return to St Andrews next year for The 150th.”

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV