People were so excited when Tiger Woods won about three months ago. Winning the Masters altered the course of a season in which Woods already planned to step off the gas and play fewer events than he did in 2018. He enters this week’s British Open having not played a competitive round since Pebble Beach.
“It took a lot out of me,” Woods said of that Masters win Tuesday at Royal Portrush. “It was a very emotional week and one that I keep reliving. It’s hard to believe that I pulled it off and I ended up winning the tournament.”
Woods also stated that his game was not quite as sharp as he would like to have it. His touch around the greens is right where he likes. He still needs to get the ball, the shape of the golf ball, a little better than he is right now, especially with the weather coming in and the winds are going to be changing.
This week he has been able to squeeze a lot of prep in a short period of time so far, playing an uncharacteristic number of practice holes in the days leading up to his 10:10 a.m. Thursday tee time with Matthew Wallace and Patrick Reed. Woods teed off shortly before 8 a.m.
local time Tuesday after 18-hole practice sessions on Sunday and Monday, and created his own 7-hole loop. He played the first hole with Ryan Fox, Jake McLeod and Dimitrios Papadatos in a foursome we’re unlikely to see again for sometimes.
Tiger then skipped over from the first green to the par-3 13th hole and played the gorgeous six-hole closing stretch as a single. Together with Rob McNamara, part-time putting advisor Matt Killen and caddie Joe LaCava, Woods played multiple tee shots and often hit two approach shots from the fairways sprinkled with early-rising fans on either side.