Woods on course
Tiger Woods on course to feature at the Open Championship at Hoylake next month after confirming his return to competitive action at The National next week.
The 38-year-old, a 14-time Major champion, has been sidelined since the end of March due to a knee problem, but has made enough progress in his recovery from surgery to take to the course once again.
I will be a bit rusty, but I want to play myself back into competitive shape.
The former world number one confirmed via Facebook: “After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the National.
“I’ve just started to hit full shots, but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty, but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead.”
Woods has been forced to miss both the Masters and the US Open due to his latest knee problems and will be eager to make up for lost time at Hoylake, when the Open Championship starts on 17th July.
The American won the last of his three Claret Jugs at Hoylake in 2006, when he finished two shots ahead of the field, having also won the Open in both 2000 and 2005.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy is hoping to make improvements in his play ahead of the Open, having missed the cut at the Irish Open at Fota Island.
A frustrated McIlroy told the European Tour website: “I just need to tighten it up and become a lot more consistent.
“If I can do that, I know my game is right there. I’ve got a couple weeks off now to work on my game a little bit, play some links golf and get ready for the Scottish Open and the Open.”
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