Woods confirms his return to Open Championship

There was a tinge of excitement in his voice as Tiger Woods discussed the state of his golf game at the end of last week’s Players Championship.

Now the former long-time world No. 1 has confirmed he’ll be heading for Carnoustie in Scotland to join the field for the 147th Open Championship.

The three-time Open champion has played The Open 19 times and his arrival at Carnoustie in July would mark his return after missing out on contesting the Open at Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale in the past two years.

He’s never won at Carnoustie, though, finishing seventh there in 1999 and 12th in 2007.

Yet his record in the Open is just so impressive…he first became Champion Golfer of the Year in 2000 at St Andrews and did it again at the Home of Golf, in 2005.

Tiger successfully defended the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool in 2006, which remains his last win at The Open.

Still with his game slowly getting back to champion status, 16 months after back surgery, Woods will add so much depth and quality to the field at Carnoustie just through his mere presence.

Asked how far from getting back to his best, Tiger was quite buoyant:

“There’s no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year; the way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it and then hopefully have a schedule,” he said.

“[I] didn’t know…but now I feel like I’ve got my playing feels and I’m playing tournament golf and I’ve got it – I’m not that far off from winning golf tournaments.”

That should be enough of a warning for Tiger’s Carnoustie opponents.

The 42-year-old American finished tied for 32nd at the Masters in April, his first appearance at a major since 2015.

A second-place finish at the Valspar Championship in March was his best finish at a tournament since 2013 – so far.

Bring on Carnoustie!