Woods to play British Open after two year absence: Organisers

Harrington says that he is in a “good place” heading into the Open

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be playing partners at the Players Championship for the first time in 17 years when the pair go head to head during the first two rounds of this year's contest. He said the bigger issue was a lack of energy. Woods was best of the bunch with an even-par 72 but that was hardly what the PGA Tour had in mind when it grouped the best two players of their generation with the popular Fowler at TPC Sawgrass.

We have to go out there and tear this place apart early on Friday. But I wasn't close enough, I didn't hit the ball close enough and in the right section. But a 349-yard drive, followed by a 245-yard approach to inside 20 feet set up an eagle 3 for Woods.

That year, Woods lost by a shot to Hal Sutton. "It was a bad combo", he said.

However, Mickelson endured a miserable day after a seven over 79, while Fowler also struggled with a two-over 74.

Johnson, on the other hand, stayed out of trouble and used a hot putter to more than make amends for what he said was pedestrian iron play.

"Three-time Champion Golfer Tiger Woods plans to tee it up at Carnoustie for The 147th Open after confirming his entry into golf's original Championship", read the statement from the organisers. "This golf course is so demanding and it puts so much stress on you from tee to green, it's very stressful, a very stressful ball striking golf course because there really isn't kind of - there really isn't a let off". Quoted by the Independent, he said: "I played there in the Scottish Open in 1995 and in 1999 in The Open". "His chances of winning a Major are maybe better than winning a regular event". He's already had a couple phenomenal weeks. That's two pars to start his day as he remains at even. One week, it's a wayward driver.


They were last in the same group four years ago, but Mickelson sensed a chance to poke fun at the hype surrounding the pairing. Woods has hit only 13 of 28 fairways and 23 of 36 greens in regulation, ranking him outside the top 90 in both categories.

"I don't care what people are talking about", he said.

Woods made an 8-footer to save par at No. 10 and a 15-footer at the 14th. It's just come and get me. "I wish I would have been a little more committed to what I was seeing with that grain [on the greens]".

Woods made his first appearance at a major since 2015 at the Augusta Masters earlier this year and looks on course to play the US Open in June this year. The cutline kept flipping between 1-under and 2-under all day. "I didn't get off to the start that I wanted to".

Schwartzel said he was getting the club too far behind, and he could never get it back on line.

Tiger's Troops should brace themselves.

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