Tiger plays down fitness concerns, encouraged by Open start

Annette Crawford
July 20, 2018

The 14-time major victor, who has three Claret Jugs, was appearing at the tournament for the first time since 2015 because of injury problems and subsequent back operations.

"I'm committed to making sure that even if I don't play my best golf and don't shoot the scores I want, I'm going to go down swinging and giving it my best". "If I have 22 putts the next three days, I bet I'll have a pretty good shot". So that's a positive.

"I was right there", Woods said. But it was significant to KT Tape in Utah, whose executives were pleasantly surprised on Thursday morning when the buzz made it to their offices before most had even come in for the day.

American Kevin Kisner has the lead with a five-under 66 while Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose both finished one-over on 72.

Rory McIlroy had a second straight 69 and was two shots behind. "With those type of conditions, you have to think your way around the golf course, and I did that today". Granted, it did change a little bit out of the west at the end, but it's just hard to control that ball on the green, especially when it's rolling about 100 yards.

Having started Friday with bogeys on Nos.


"Just helping me support my neck a little bit". As of Friday afternoon, Woods was six shots back of the leaders and well within the cut line.

After his off time and his back surgery of previous year, this was all preferable. In a rare known case of male athletic candor, he confessed straightway it had affected him on Thursday. Tiger Woods took out his driver one time and shot 71, a round slowed by a short putt he missed and a pot bunker he couldn't avoid.

McIlroy told the media that playing aggressive can be a high-risk, high-reward strategy for him at Carnoustie, but it's one worth pursuing. "Hopefully I can create more good memories this week".

The way golf has been going the last few years, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the No. 1 player in the world.

"So distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course". A couple of my 6-irons went about 240. "He's a person which I've seen on the range in the past and, I mean, he's nearly like a mythical figure".

By Friday, though, when Knox shot 73 and prepared to exit the premises at 4 over, he had made progress in the time-honored art of playing in a group with Woods. He reported no similar feelings on a day when the rain made it a case of "just trying to put one foot in front of the other". "Even after practising, it's still unbelievable to me how far some of these shots are going, so I had to adjust coming down the stretch, and I was able to adjust pretty nicely". We could get after some of these flags, which was nice. "He plowed his way around, which I expected him to do, and he was very conservative off the tee".

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