Tiger Woods set to play at the Open Championship

Doug Mendoza
May 14, 2018

Tiger Woods believes a morning tee time and hot weather could be the flawless recipe to help him charge up the leaderboard on day two at the Players Championship.

Woods' 240-yard approached rolled through the back of the green and stopped on the fringe, but he buried an 18-foot eagle putt to get back to even par for the tournament.

Joining Johnson atop of the TPC Sawgrass leader board with scores of 66 is fellow US Open victor Webb Simpson along with compatriots Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and in-form Swede Alex Noren.

Mickelson spoke recently of his wish that he and Woods simply "bypass the ancillary stuff" at the Players in favour of a head-to-head matchup.

However former world No.1 Woods, nonetheless easing his manner again into aggressive golf, mentioned: "No, what my enjoying companions are doing, there's too many guys on the market which might be enjoying very well and going low, and my duty was to go low and shoot one thing within the crimson [under par] at this time". He gave back a shot with a closing bogey on the front nine. "Tyrrell (Hatton) wanted me to touch his putter for him on 15, which I think is within the rules".

"The worst part is, all I could think of as I was falling in slow motion was, (expletive), don't put your elbows out and snap Phil's driver", LaCava said. "I knew that I was going to have issues late in the day".

Woods acknowledged the course setup had plenty of accessible pins for scoring, but one of the all-time best in that category didn't have the game to pull it off even when he was in favorable position. This moved Woods to 1 under for the round.

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On Sunday, the PGA Tour announced the marquee grouping of Woods, Mickelson and Fowler - a rare Woods-Mickelson matchup in the early rounds of a tournament.

"I feel like I have my playing feels back".

"I just kind of ran out at the end", he said. "So I tried to kind of roll out and go real slow". "It's a lot of fun to play good golf, and hopefully I can keep that up".

"I recall making just one birdie on the weekend and finished just three or four out the play-off". Mickelson followed up a 79 with 73, while Fowler made back-to-bag double-bogeys on the back nine to finish at one-over for the two days.

"Boy, it was nice to turn the round completely around there", he said, before assessing the gallery. "His chances of winning a Major are maybe better than winning a regular event".

As for Rickie and Phil?

Getting in contention this week is going to take a lot of work when Woods, Mickelson and Fowler tee off on the 10th hole at 8:27 a.m. Friday.

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