Tiger Woods was centre stage this past week at Congressional, but not as a competitor. He was on official hosting duties at the Quicken Loans National tournament that benefits his foundation. While there he took part in press conferences which quickly turned into an opportunity for the media to ask the question we’ve all been pondering for months: “When will he be returning to competitive golf?”
The 14-time major Champion hasn’t played a tournament since the Wyndham Championship last August and, after two back surgeries, the timescale for his return is still uncertain. He has been spotted hitting shots and playing rounds but explains that it is the physical demands of playing consecutive rounds is what is holding him back.
Woods entered both the Maters and U.S. Open, but much to the fans disappointment, he pulled out of both shortly afterwards citing he wasn’t physically ready yet. Even though The R&A has announced that Tiger Woods has entered to play in The Open Championship at Royal Troon, we’re not holding our breath just yet…
In the past Woods has won The Open Championship three times, once at Royal Liverpool and twice at St. Andrews. However last year at St. Andrews the past champion missed the cut for only the second time in 19 appearances. Woods is eager to get back playing as soon as possible, especially in the Majors as he continues to chase Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 Major wins. He also has another record in his sights that is currently held by the late Sam Snead who won a record 82 PGA tour wins, right now Woods sits 2nd with 79 victories.
In his career the 40-year-old has played in two Open Championships at Royal Troon. In 1997 he finished T-24 after conceding to a triple bogey on the famous 8th hole, “Postage Stamp”, and in 2004 he had a very credible 9th place finish at three under par. Woods is currently sitting at 50/1 to win The Open at Royal Troon but with the championship getting underway in just 3 weeks’ time, it is still not clear whether we will see a Tiger at Troon.
By Rachael McQueen, Community Engagement Executive at Shot Scope