Saturday 18 November 2017

Business as usual as Tiger commits to Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods comeback tournament will be the Quail Hollow Championship. Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods comeback tournament will be the Quail Hollow Championship. Photo: Getty Images

It looks like business as usual for Tiger Woods from now on after he announced yesterday that his second comeback tournament will be the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 29-May 2.

Having ended his near five-month break at The Masters last week, the world No 1 is now following his schedule of last season by playing just three weeks later. Woods, who triumphed at Quail Hollow in 2007, said : "I'm excited about competing. It's a wonderful venue and they always have a great field."

He can now be expected to be at the following week's Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida, and then the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Ohio, on June 3-6. That was one of his seven victories last year.

Ireland's Damien McGrane gave himself a belated birthday present by scoring a bogey-free 67 to open his challenge for the China Open at Suzhou Jinji Lake yesterday.

McGrane celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday and made no mistakes as he lodged a five-under-par opening bid in a tournament he won two years ago.

Peter Lawrie also started with a 67, leaving the two Irish players three shots adrift of tournament leaders Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) and South Korean Kim Do-hoon, who each scored 64.

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry each scored two-under-par 70s, with Paul McGinley on 71 and Gareth Maybin filing a 72.

McGrane, who has missed four cuts in his last five tournaments, clearly has good memories of this tournament which yielded him his only European Tour victory to date in 2008.

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