On Saturday night, 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 preparations for the 150th Open Championship.
Alongside his appearance on Saturday, Tiger got 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 limping and struggling on the iconic layout, with Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir, who was present at St Andrews, saying: “He doesn’t look very comfortable”.
Although he struggled, that didn’t stop Tiger from producing some magic, as Claret’s three-time winner Jug drove the iconic 18th hole in a display of ‘beware the injured golfer’.
On the 18th, @TigerWoods drives the green. pic.twitter.com/bEBrofIkJBJuly 10, 2022
Tiger drove it this far to complete the 18. Left the eagle putt short #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/I99rpvY6MZJuly 10, 2022
The 18th hole has been the scene of many famous moments. In 1995, Constantino Rocca missed his shot before landing an incredible birdie putt from Sin Valley to force the playoff with John Daly.
Claiming the Open Championship three times, Tiger said after the Masters that St Andrews was his “favorite course”, with the 46-year-old being photographed and filmed several times throughout his practice round on Sunday.
Benefits of winning the Open
In addition to competing in the 150th Open Championship, Tiger is set to take part in the R&A Champions Celebration 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 the 46-year-old has entered after his serious car crash in February 2021. In Augusta, Tiger surprisingly made the cut before visibly struggling on the weekend. After the Masters, he participated in the PGA Championship, where he retired before the final round. Opting to skip the US Open, Tiger then competed in the JP McManus Pro-Am, using a golf cart, before playing a round with Rory McIlroy at Ballybunion.