Tuesday 23 July 2019

Tiger won't play before Portrush

Tiger Woods. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Tiger Woods. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Corrigan

Tiger Woods is expected to arrive at next month's Open Championship without having played any preparatory events following his tie for 21st place in the US Open.

Woods, 43, has flown to Thailand for a fortnight's holiday, but will then eschew the chance to take in a competitive tournament before Portrush. The tactic will raise eyebrows as Woods skipped straight from his victory at the Masters to the US PGA and ended up missing the cut at Bethpage.

However, with family commitments and the belief he requires a rest before embarking on a busy summer that could see him play five times in six weeks, Woods will attempt going back-to-back again. "I'll play at home, yeah,"

Woods said when asked if he would play before Northern Ireland's first major in 68 years: "I've never been there (Portrush) and will need to do my homework."

Justin Rose was also taking the positives after tying for third at Pebble Beach. "To contend in a major with no game, really, I take the positive from that," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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