Players fans excited as Tiger, Phil, Rickie hit the links

Players fans excited as Tiger, Phil, Rickie hit the links

Players fans excited as Tiger, Phil, Rickie hit the links

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.

Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will play in The Open this July at Carnoustie.

The actual golf? Not so great. Mickelson shot 79 and Fowler carded a 74.

"It's a lot more fun when you can get the three guys firing and trying to top each other, " Fowler said. What they got was more of the same, including an uneventful one-under 71 from Woods that didn't look or feel like the improvement it was on the leader board for the 14-time major victor. Another bogey on the 15 and a second birdie on 16 kept him at one under par.

"I knew this was going to be an issue. It didn't work out that way".

However, Woods' pairing with long-time rival Phil Mickelson for the first two rounds at the TPC Sawgrass Golf Course has generated plenty of attention for the event.

Woods begins play Thursday at 1:52 p.m. EDT on the first tee.




"The way I was feeling today, I should have shot something in the 60s", Woods said after the round. "I hit a nice drive down there, hit a 6-iron just over the back and made a putt there and it was a nice turnaround".

Woods was coming off a shaky performance at the Wells Fargo Championship, where he struggled on the greens, didn't make a birdie during the final round on Sunday and tied for 55th.

Woods won seven of those events, Mickelson two, with Tiger holding a 69.66 to 69.88 scoring edge, as per Woods' official site.

The 42-year-old has lifted the Claret Jug three times in his career but has not contested the sport's oldest major championship since 2015 because of injuries. Here's a look at the odds to win this tournament. More than 70 players were under par by the time Woods got back to even, so he'll need to make birdies on the back nine to keep pace.

But former world No.1 Woods, still easing his way back into competitive golf, said: "No, what my playing partners are doing, there's too many guys out there that are playing really well and going low, and my responsibility was to go low and shoot something in the red [under par] today".

Dustin Johnson, his world number one ranking under siege, took advantage of flawless morning playing conditions to charge into a share of the first-round lead at the Players Championship on Thursday. "I said it Sunday at Wells Fargo (where he tied for fifth), I was anxious about energy this week".

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