Tiger will play at The Open in July

11 May, 2018, 03:57 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Tiger Woods confirms he will play in The Open at Carnoustie

The 14-time major victor, who has won the Claret Jug on three occasions, made his comeback earlier this year after spending 16-months on the sidelines with chronic back injury issues that has required four surgeries during his career.

Woods has previously jetted to Ireland to play the island's world-famous links courses in the build-up to the only major to be played outside America but has never before teed it up at the Irish Open. The 42-year-old has not yet said whether he plans to compete at the PGA Championship in August.

The 14-time major champion, who finished tied 32nd at The Masters in April to move back into the world's top 100 after an extended absence, has also confirmed his entry in the US Open, his last major victory coming in 2008 at Torrey Pines.

The event received a huge boost yesterday with sponsors Dubai Duty Free committing to a four-year extension of its title sponsorship through to 2022 - two years guaranteed until 2020 with an option for another two years - with a minimum $7m prize fund guaranteed.

Tiger Woods has been paired with long-time rival Phil Mickelson at the Players Championship.

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Woods, meanwhile, is still searching for his first win after making his comeback, but has put in some impressive performances along the way.

The former world number one's appearance at Ballyliffin GC would give the local tournament's profile a monumental rise.

Woods made the turn at even par, Mickelson at two over and Fowler at one under.

"I think it's going to be fun playing with him again", said Woods, as quoted on his official site. Woods has a strong track record at Carnoustie with a seventh- and 12th-place finishes in 1999 and 2007, respectively, but expecting a similar showing this time around may be unwise given his spotty track record over the last several years.

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

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