Tiger Woods plays an 18-hole practice round before this year’s Major

Scheduled Tribes. Andrews, Scotland – After Tiger Woods hit a T-shot on the 18th fairway during a practice round at Old Course in St Andrews on Sunday, Justin Thomas pulled his ball back into the air and said, “Hey!”

When Woods’ ball bounced off the sun-baked fairway and bounced high on the green, Thomas continued, “Boing!”

Woods, a two-time Open Open winner at St Andrews (2000 and 2005), completed the green drive, shortened the eagle’s belt and tapped for his third birdie in the round. He birdies on par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth, on which he sticks his tee shot about 5 feet.

It was an exciting start for Woods five days before the start of the 150th Open Championship.

For the first time this year, Woods played a full 18-hole practice round in front of the Major. At the Masters in April and the PGA Championships in May, Woods played nine-hole practice rounds to maintain his strength. Woods and Thomas also drove 18 holes, chipping and throwing Saturday night. They were on their way until 10.30pm local time.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, declined to speak to reporters after Sunday’s practice round. He will speak to the media on Monday and Tuesday.

“He was fighting early, but he came as the days went by,” Woods’ caddy, Joe Lacawa, told ESPN. “It’s exciting.”

If nothing else, Woods seemed to be having a lot of fun before his final start in the three-time Open. He also won at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

On the par-4 17th hole, known as the Road Hole, Thomas fired a T-shot high and to the right towards the Old Course Hotel.

“Hit the window!” Thomas screamed before the ball hit the lawn in front of the hotel.

Woods took the same offensive route as Thomas on his T-shot and aimed at the roof of the former train shed on the right. Woods’ tea shot ended in a fairway, but then he shot his approach shot into a bunker that had a cave to the left of the green. He jumped out about 2 feet to save the cross.

Before making the birdie on the 18th, Woods stopped at Swilcon Bridge to take photos with Thomas, Lacawa, Thomas Cady, Jim “Bones” McKay and other members of his team.

Woods, 46, is expected to do better in the final of the season than in the first two. He finished 47th in his first official race after being seriously injured in a car crash outside Los Angeles in February 2021. He scored 78 runs in 6 overs in each of the last two rounds, which is his worst ever score. Career at Augusta National

At the PGA Championships in Southern Hills in May, Woods withdrew after 54 holes due to a surgically repaired pain in his right leg. In the third round, he scored 79 runs in 9 overs, his worst score in the PGA Championship.

Woods was ruled out of the US Open in June due to a right foot injury. He had set a goal for the Open throughout the year. Last week, he played two rounds at the JP McManus Pro-Am in Limerick, Ireland, in which he tied for 39th in 36 holes in 7 overs. He also played a practice round with Rory McIlroy at Balibunion in Ireland on Thursday.

In Monday’s Celebration of Champions, Woods will play four holes with McIlroy, 2018 British Women’s Open champion Georgia Hall and two-time Open winner Lee Trevino.

Thomas, playing in the Open for the first time in St. Andrews, said he tried to get some information from his close friend Woods about how to take the course.

“A little,” said Thomas. “I understand he’s going to hide some information, but I’m trying to inject him and get rid of him as much as possible because he’s doing a good job right now.”

Asked if he had any doubts about Woods’ fight prospects this week, Thomas said, “No wonder. I’ve learned better about him than challenged him.”

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