Friday 20 October 2017

Woods applies finishing touches

Tiger Woods of the United States waits on the practice ground during the first round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 17, 2014 in Hoylake, England. Picture: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images.
Tiger Woods of the United States waits on the practice ground during the first round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 17, 2014 in Hoylake, England. Picture: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images.

THREE-TIME champion Tiger Woods put the finishing touches to his game in a short final practice session in preparation for the 143rd Open Championship which afforded him time for his army of fans at Royal Liverpool.

The former world number one played just the first and second holes, having been at Hoylake since Saturday and completed 
full rounds on Sunday and Tuesday, before retiring to do some chipping and putting.

Once that was complete, the American happily signed autographs for some of the group which had gathered to watch as he walked the short distance back to the clubhouse.

On reaching the putting green in front of the clubhouse he made the turn towards the players' entrance but did not exchange greetings with Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson who was passing in the opposite direction towards the course.

Watson had said earlier in 
the week he planned to speak with Woods about the state 
of his game and September's biennial match with Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland - for which the 14-time major winner will most likely require a wildcard pick to qualify having missed more than two months of the season after back surgery.

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