The Open: Tiger Woods swing ‘as good as ever’ before St Andrews, says Justin Thomas | golf news

Wood walked 18 holes with Justin Thomas on Saturday night and played a full practice round on Sunday morning; Former world number 1 makes his first appearance at The Open since 2019 – watch The 150th Open live all week on Sky Sports The Open

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Justin Thomas says Tiger Woods is excited to be in St Andrews for The Open as the pair practiced on the Old Course this weekend.

Justin Thomas says Tiger Woods is excited to be in St Andrews for The Open as the pair practiced on the Old Course this weekend.

Justin Thomas believes it “wouldn’t be a surprise” to see Tiger Woods contend for a historic 16th major title after sparring with him before the 150th Open.

Woods chipped and putted on the Old Course alongside Thomas on Saturday night, covering all 18 holes and not finishing until well after 10:30 p.m. local time, before returning the next morning to play a full practice round. .

The pair teed off just after 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning in front of big galleries and in sunny conditions, and the round marked the first time Woods had completed a full 18 holes in practice during a major week this year. .

Sky Sports News' Jamie Weir reports that Tiger Woods appears to be struggling with injury during his practice round at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

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Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir reports that Tiger Woods appears to be struggling with injury during his practice round at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir reports that Tiger Woods appears to be struggling with injury during his practice round at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Woods looked physically uncomfortable as he continued to battle injuries sustained in last February’s car accident, walking with a pronounced limp and apparently struggling to bend down to pick up his tee, though Thomas believes there are positives to be taken from the former World No.1. world. play.

“Yeah, his swing still looks as good as ever,” Thomas said after his practice round. “Would I be surprised if he challenged this week? No. I’ve learned better than challenging anything on him.

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“I’ve been poking around in his brain a little bit. I understand he’s going to be holding back a little bit of information. But I’m trying to get it out of him and get as much out of it as I can, because he’s done pretty well in this place.”

Woods’ appearance at St Andrews will be only his third at a full field event since the career-threatening leg and ankle injuries sustained in last year’s crash, with the 46-year-old wanting to give St Andrews.” at least one more race”. at a high level.”

Ahead of The Open Championship, 15-time Grand Slam champion Tiger Woods says he wants to give at least one more run playing at a high level in St. Andrews.

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Ahead of The Open Championship, 15-time Grand Slam champion Tiger Woods says he wants to give at least one more run playing at a high level in St. Andrews.

Ahead of The Open Championship, 15-time Grand Slam champion Tiger Woods says he wants to give at least one more run playing at a high level in St. Andrews.

The iconic course is where Woods won his first open title by eight shots at St Andrews in 2000, on his way to the ‘Tiger Slam’, and returned five years later to finish five shots clear of Colin Montgomerie.

What should we expect from Woods?

Tiger Woods has been seen practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

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Tiger Woods has been seen practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

Tiger Woods has been seen practicing at St Andrews ahead of The Open.

The three-time Open champion struggled over the weekend on his return to The Masters and withdrew before his final round at the PGA Championship due to injury. Woods withdrew from last month’s US Open because he didn’t feel “physically ready.” to compete.

“The [Woods] he doesn’t look very good, he’s quite uncomfortable,” said Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir who followed Tiger during his practice round. “He walked up the hill to the sixth tee and limped as he did so, leaning on his putter. He hit a driver on the fourth tee and just bending down to get his tee off the ground took a considerable amount of time.” effort for him.

“Clearly he’s still in a lot of pain. He obviously withdrew from the US Open to make sure his body was in the best possible condition for the Open Championship, but he didn’t look too good when we saw him a couple of times.” from months ago at the PGA Championship either.

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“He made the cut at Tulsa and he made the cut at The Masters, but his body isn’t what it used to be. This is a course he loves, this is a momentous open championship and he wasn’t going to miss it.”

β€œIt’s his favorite course, he’s talked about how fond he is of the Old Course, and if there’s a course he can move around without too much hassle, it’s here. It’s not long, it’s pretty flat. There is no man with more skill at charting his way around a golf course than Tiger Woods.”

What’s next for Tigre?

Woods will compete at the R&A Celebration of Champions on Monday, live on Sky Sportsa four-hole team event that includes former golf champions, women’s major champions and a host of recognizable names.

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The last consecutive winner of The Open will play alongside Rory McIlroy, AIG Women’s Open champion Georgia Hall and two-time Open champion Lee Trevino, and that quartet will be the last group kicking off at 5:05pm BST.

Woods will then address the media at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, where he will likely be asked about the struggles he has faced entering the final men’s Major of the year and respond to speculation about his long-term future in the sport.

Watch The 150th Open all week long live on the dedicated Sky Sports channel. Live coverage of the first round begins on Thursday from 6.30am, before kick-off, live on Sky Sports The Open.

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