Street. Andrews, Scotland – After tiger wood A tee tore dropped on the 18th fairway during a practice run at Old Stadium in St Andrews on Sunday, Justin Thomas He followed his ball into the air and said, “Oh!”
When Woods’ ball hit the sunny fairway and bounced high on the green, Thomas added, “Boeing!”
Woods, a two-time winner of The Open in St Andrews (2000 and 2005), ended up driving on the green, leaving an eagle short and tapping for his third flyaway of the tour. He also had sparrows in the seventh tier and eighth tier three sparrows, holding his loaded stroke to about 5 feet.
It was an encouraging start for Woods, five days before the start of the 150th Open.
It was the first time this year that Woods played a full 18-hole practice round before a major tournament. At the Masters in April and the PGA Championship in May, Woods played nine-hole practice rounds before the tournaments to maintain his strength. Woods and Thomas also walked the 18 holes Saturday night, chopping and putting on all the way. They stayed on the course until just 10:30 p.m. local time.
Woods, the 15-time champion, declined to speak with reporters after Sunday’s practice run. He is scheduled to speak to the media on Monday and Tuesday.
“He was struggling early, but it came as the day went on,” Woods coach Joe LaCava told ESPN. “This is encouraging.”
If nothing else, Woods seemed to be having a lot of fun ahead of what might be his last start at the St Andrews Open. He has won the event three times; He also won the Royal Liverpool in 2006.
On the demanding par-4’s 17th hole, known as the Road Hole, Thomas hit his tee high toward the Old Course Hotel.
“Hit the window!” Thomas cried, before his ball bounced into the grass in front of the hotel.
Woods took the same aggressive streak as Thomas with his shot on the tee, targeting the deck of a former railroad that had fallen on the right side. Woods’ bullet wound up in the lane, but then hit his approaching bullet in a cavernous bunker to the left of the green. Cut to about 2 feet to save par.
Before he made a birdie on the 18th, Woods stopped for a photo with Thomas, LaCava, Can Thomas, Jim “Bones” Mackay, and other members of his team on the Suilkan Bridge.
Woods, 46, is hoping to do better in the main final of the season than he did in his first two games. He finished 47th in the Masters, his first official tournament since being seriously injured in a car wreck outside Los Angeles in February 2021. He has scored scores from 6 to 78 in each of the last two rounds, marking his worst career results at Augusta National .
At the PGA Championship in Southern Hills in May, Woods withdrew after 54 punctures due to pain in his surgically repaired right leg. He got a 9-over 79 in the third round, his worst result in the PGA Championship.
Woods skipped the US Open in June due to problems with his right leg. He was aiming for The Open all year long. Last week, he played two rounds at the JP McManus Pro-Am in Limerick, Ireland, where he scored 39th on 7 on 36 holes. He also played a training round with Rory McIlroy At Ballybunion in Ireland on Thursday.
Woods will play four holes with McIlroy, the 2018 Georgia Women’s British Open and two-time World Open winner Lee Trevino At the Celebration of Champions on Monday.
Thomas, who plays on The Open at St. Andrews for the first time, he’s trying to get some information from Woods, his close friend, about how to play the course.
“A little,” said Thomas. “I understand he’s going to withhold a little bit of some info, but I’m trying to get him and get rid of him as much as possible because he’s done so well in this place.”
When Thomas was asked if he had any doubts about Woods’ chances of competing again this week, he said, “Absolutely not. I’ve learned better from challenging anything about him.”
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